PROFILE

Full Name: Gideon Boas
Email: gideon.boas@vicbar.com.au
Phone:+61 3 9225 6153
Fax:+61 3 9225 8480
Mobile:0438 382 738
Chambers: William Crockett Chambers
Room: 0603
Date of Admission: 1 May 1995
Called to the Bar: 3 May 2012
Qualifications: LLB, BA, LLM, PhD
Previous Occupation: Professor, La Trobe University Law School (current); Associate Professor, Monash Law Faculty; Senior Legal Officer, United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; Legal Practitioner, Cashman and Partners, Sydney

Profile

Gideon Boas has a broad criminal and civil practice. He practises in the areas of criminal law (trial and appeal), personal injury (including medical negligence) and tort law, as well as other civil and commercial areas. He has expertise in evidence law, which he teaches, and has considerable experience in complex litigation, both in Australia and internationally.

Gideon has worked as a Senior Legal Officer at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), where he led the Chamber’s legal team in the Milosevic case. He has also acted for Radovan Karadzic, accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes before the ICTY.

Gideon has delivered legal training on criminal and administrative law matters, including to the Victorian Bar, Judicial College of Victoria, Police Prosecutors, Victoria Legal Aid, the Office of Public Prosecutions and the Department of Justice, on the criminal process implications of the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities (2006). He has given expert legal opinion on a range of legal matters, including in the extradition and human rights areas. He has also consulted for a range of government bodies, including the Australian federal government and Victorian government departments, the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the United Nations. Gideon has published many books, book chapters and journal articles on criminal law and justice, evidence and procedure, and international law.

Gideon is a Victoria Legal Aid Criminal Trial preferred barrister. He is also an accredited specialist criminal law advocate under the Victorian Bar's Indictable Crime Certificate program.

Some of Gideon's recent cases include:

  • Skarbek v The Society of Jesus in Victoria and ors [2016] VSC 622, resisting application to access confidential documents, sole counsel
  • DPP v Singh, County Court culpable driving trial, sole counsel (acquittal)
  • Gaughan v Causevic (No. 2) [2016] FCC 1693, contested Terrorist Control Order, junior counsel
  • R v Adnan Karabegovic, Supreme Court terrorism trial, junior counsel (acquittal)
  • Holloway v Commonwealth of Australia [2016] VSC 317, dicovery/public interest immunity argument, sole counsel
  • Oscar Higgins (a pseudonym) v The Queen [2016] VSCA 47R, junior counsel
  • Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union v Boral Resources (Vic) Pty Ltd and Ors [2015] HCATrans 23 (13 February 2015), junior counsel in High Court Special Leave Application

Some of Gideon's current ongoing matters include:

  • Skarbek v The Society of Jesus in Victoria and ors, Supreme Court personal injury claim - historical sex abuse
  • Nicholls v State of Victoria, Supreme Court personal injury claim - wrongful and false imprisonment
  • Butler Market Gardens Pty Ltd v GG & PM Burrell Pty Ltd, Supreme Court claim in nuisance and negligence
  • Holloway v Commonwealth of Australia, Supreme Court action for false imprisonment and property damage claim against the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
  • Scholl v Carew-Reid & Ors, Supreme Court medical negligence claim
  • Director of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate v Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union & Ors, various, Federal Court penalty proceedings under Fair Work Act

Gideon is also a Professor in the La Trobe University Law School, where he teaches Evidence, Criminal and International Law subjects.

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Other Languages Spoken

  • French

Areas of Practice

Common Law/Personal Injury

  • Appellate
  • Intentional Torts
  • Judicial Review - motor accident
  • Motor Vehicles
  • Negligence
  • Professional Negligence
  • Work Injury Damages
  • Workers Compensation

Commercial

Public/Administrative

  • Appellate
  • Civil and Human Rights
  • Customs
  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Discrimination
  • Extradition
  • Judicial Review and administrative law
  • Merits Review
  • Proceeds of Crime

Criminal

  • Appellate
  • Crimes against the person
  • Drugs
  • Extradition
  • Mental Illness
  • Proceeds of Crime/Money Laundering
  • Property Offences
  • Traffic
  • White Collar and Corporate Crime
  • Work Health and Safety

Family Law and Guardianship

  • Appellate
  • Parenting Orders

Industrial/Employment

  • Discrimination
  • Work Health and Safety

Areas of Mediation

Common Law/Personal Injury

  • Professional Negligence
  • Workers Compensation

Commercial

  • Competition

Public/Administrative

  • Civil and Human Rights
  • Discrimination
  • Judicial Review and administrative law
  • Merits Review

Criminal

  • Appellate
  • Proceeds of Crime/Money Laundering

Equity

  • Family Provision
  • Wills and Probate

Also Entitled to Practise in

  • Federal Court of Australia
  • High Court of Australia
  • New South Wales


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