Full Name: Dr Gideon Boas
Phone: +61 3 9225 6153
Fax: 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


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 is briefed in a number of complex serious criminal and civil matters, traversing terrorism, foreign incursions and slavery, as well as for a number of plaintiffs seeking damages for historical sex abuse. He also practices in Federal Court civil penalty and industrial matters.

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 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:

    • Easton v Salesian Society Incorporated & Ors; Stephenson v Salesian Society Incorporated & Ors  [2018] VSC 622, admission of tendency and hearsay evidence in a historical sex abuse claim against the Church
    • Jarratt (a Pseudonym) & Ors v The Queen [2018] VSCA 150, adequacy of particulars in a foreign incursion case
    • Australian Building and Construction Commissioner v Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (The Cup of Tea Case) [2018] FCA 402, right of entry and alleged threats under Fair Work Act
    • The Queen v Cerantonio & Ors, Rulings 1 - 11 [2017] VSC 725; Ruling 13 [2018] VSC 35; Ruling 15 [2018] VSC 77; Ruling 16 [2018] VSC 97, pre-trial rulings on elements of offence and adequacy of particulars
    • Hoang v The Queen [2018] VSCA 86, sentencing appeal
    • Skarbek v The Society of Jesus in Victoria and ors [2016] VSC 622, resisting application to access confidential documents
    • Gaughan v Causevic (No. 2) [2016] FCC 1693, contested Terrorist Control Order
    • R v Adnan Karabegovic, Supreme Court terrorism trial (acquittal)
    • Holloway v Commonwealth of Australia [2016] VSC 317, dicovery/public interest immunity argument
    • Oscar Higgins (a pseudonym) v The Queen [2016] VSCA 47, application for interlocutory appeal on admissibility of evidence 


    Some of Gideon's current ongoing matters include:

    • Australian Building and Construction Commissioner v Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (The Cup of Tea Case) , application for leave to appeal costs order by Applicant
    • Australian Workers' Union v Registered Organisations Commissioner, lawfulness of investigation by Respondent (acting for witness in the proceeding, Mark Lee)
    • The Queen v Cerantonio , foreign incursion, Supreme Court
    • The Queen v Napoli, Department of Education fraud
    • The Queen v Kannan, Supreme Court domestic slavery
    • The Queen v Ibrahim Abbas, appeal from sentence, Court of Appeal
    • Venn v SJK Marketing Pty Ltd, appeal from ruling on civil procedure point, Court of Appeal 


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

    Other Languages Spoken

    • French

    Areas of Practice


    Commercial Law

    Common Law

    • Intentional Torts
    • Judicial Review
    • Motor Vehicles & Transport
    • Negligence
    • Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S)
    • Personal Injury
    • Work Injury Damages
    • Workers Compensation

    Criminal Law

    • Appellate
    • Confiscation of Assets
    • Corporate / White Collar Crime
    • Crimes Against the Person
    • Drugs
    • Extradition
    • Fraud
    • Health & Safety
    • Mental Illness
    • Money Laundering
    • Proceeds of Crime
    • Property
    • Traffic / Motor Vehicle

    Family Law

    • Parenting Orders

    Industrial Relations Law & Employment Law

    • Discrimination
    • Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S)

    Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

    International Law

    Public Law & Administrative Law

    • Customs
    • Disciplinary Proceedings
    • Discrimination & Equal Opportunity
    • Extradition
    • Human Rights Law
    • Judicial Review
    • Merits Review

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