Full Name: Adam McBeth
Phone:9225 7263
Fax:+61 3 9225 8480
Chambers: Castan Chambers
Room: 1506
Date of Admission: 5 Mar 2001
Called to the Bar: 22 Oct 2015
Qualifications: PhD, LLB (Hons), BA, Grad Cert Higher Ed
Previous Occupation: Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Monash University


Adam came to the Bar from a distinguished career in academia, having been an Associate Professor at the Monash University Law Faculty and a Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law.

Adam practises broadly in commercial law, tort and other civil litigation. He has a particular interest in all areas of public law, including judicial review, immigration, human rights and matters in VCAT and the AAT, as well as international law and extradition. He appears regularly in all jurisdictions and prepares written advice on commercial, tort and public law matters.

Adam’s recent appearances include:

Court of Appeal

Minister for Families and Children & Ors v Certain Children by their Litigation Guardian Sister Marie Brigid Arthur [2016] VSCA 343 (the ‘Barwon Prison case’, led by B Walters QC, with M Albert and S Fitzgerald, for the respondent children in the Court of Appeal, and for the plaintiff children in the successful Supreme Court action [2016] VSC 796).

Supreme Court of Victoria

Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services v Children’s Court of Victoria & Ors (led by G Georgiou SC, for the child the subject of a Children’s Court order in a judicial review application by the Secretary).

Federal Court of Australia

MZAFZ v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2016] FCA 1081 (unled for the appellant).
MZZLD v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2016] FCA 1201 (unled for the applicant).
MZZQF v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2016] FCA 1073 (unled for the appellant).

Federal Circuit Court 

CGT15 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2016] FCCA 2749 (unled for the applicant).
MZZLK v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (unled for the applicant).

County Court

Pollard Properties v Bourke (unled for the defendant on a successful application to set aside substituted service; underlying dispute settled)

Adam is an accomplished author, with three books to his credit, including Australia’s leading human rights text, The International Law of Human Rights (with Justine Nolan and Simon Rice), as well as numerous book chapters and articles in scholarly journals. He has conducted training on international human rights law for Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and for representatives of governments and civil society from Iraq and Indonesia. He has also conducted training for government on the Victorian Charter of Human Rights, and for business on corporate social responsibility and human rights litigation.

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Areas of Practice


  • Consumer Protection Law


  • Civil and Human Rights
  • Constitutional Law
  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Discrimination
  • Extradition
  • Immigration Law
  • Judicial Review and administrative law
  • Privacy/Freedom of Information


  • Civil Appeals
  • Criminal Appeals


International Law

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Also Entitled to Practise in

  • Federal Court of Australia
  • High Court of Australia
From 13 Nov 2015, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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