Happy New Year and new decade!

I have been a little quieter on media appearances recently due to some hefty terrorism trials and trying to draft my PhD thesis but I am looking forward to a bumper year in 2020 which is my 25th Year at the Bar, 12 years as a media commentator, 10 years since publication of The Sexual Offences Handbook and my 8th Year as an academic. I am particularly proud of my recent chapter Jogee How did it Happen in the edited edition Accessorial Liability after Jogee. The injustices in joint enterprise continue as famously only one appeal (England) and one petition for mercy (Australia) have been successful since the decision in R v Jogee , despite my best efforts in England and Wales, Australia, Hong Kong, the European Court of Human Rights and the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

In 2020 I am looking forward to the print publication of our novel paper Game Theory and the Human Trafficking Dilemma combining maths and law to demonstrate that tackling human trafficking in crime requires more than policy. I am also very pleased to be teaching my new unit at Deakin University Contemporary International Legal Challenges with separate intensive weeks on Climate Change Litigation, Modern Slavery and Terrorism. On the wellbeing front I managed 22 days ‘out of office’ over the holidays to potter about at home and to collect and restore a few antiques and art.

I hope that this newsletter inspires young lawyers, particularly women at the Bar, to cope with demands by keeping work interesting and learning when to take a break………
International Law
Contributor to Research Handbook on The Future of Feminist Engagement with International Law: Transnational Feminisms in Court: Tackling the wicked problem of women’s invisibility in criminal justice (2019)
Admitted to the list of counsel for the Kosovo Specialist chambers
Teaching a new unit at Deakin University: MLL 419 / MLJ 729 Contemporary International Legal Challenges (Climate Change, Modern Slavery, Terrorism)
Radovan Karadzic appeal finalised – Our Amicus Brief here
Appointed ANZSIL – Council member and attended Conference – spoke at gender and sexuality forum and book launch
Attended United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Vienna – High Level Conference on Education4Justice
2019 Australian Bar Association – panelist for hypothetical, Singapore
Human Trafficking
Very proud to announce our latest publication Gerry F.,et al Game Theory and the Human Trafficking Dilemma – Journal of Human Trafficking 2019
Felicity spoke at the 2019 California IEEE TransAI Conference, Los Angeles, California – Using technology to combat human trafficking
World Today discussing human trafficking risks in gambling (31 July 2019)
The Times Law Section: Non- prosecution of county lines drug dealers who are also victims of human trafficking 
Felicity joined a panel of experts at the 2019 Australian Institute of Company Directors event: ‘Modern Slavery: Is your business ready to respond?’
ABC interview on women and children in Syrian camps: ABC Radio on State responsibilities for citizens in Syria, particularly women and children: (18 October 2019
2019 LegalWise Seminars, Melbourne – Counter Terrorism Law Forum. Speaking on Emerging Trends in Terrorism
2019 LegalWise Seminars, Melbourne – Counter Terrorism Law Forum. Speaking on Emerging Trends in Terrorism
R v Abbas 2019 Victoria Supreme Court – Leading for the defence in Christmas Day bomb plot
R v Galea 2019 Victoria Supreme Court – Leading for the defence in preparation and planning terrorist act
R v Moukhaiber 2019 Victoria Supreme Court – Leading for the defence in Mosque Fire terrorist act
Child rights
Felicity spoke at the following events on issues relating to child rights 30 years after the CRC:
2019 AIJA Justice for Young People Conference, Melbourne
2019 Child Rights – Camps, cages, walls and wire and 30 Years of the CRC, Deakin University
Child Rights – 30 Years of the CRC, Monash University
Appeared in R v Brown 2019 Victorian Court of Appeal – Appeal against sentence – first Standard Sentence Appeal
Appeared in R v Honeysett 2018 – Victoria Court of Appeal – Appeal against sentence including jurisprudence on Korri conversation in sentencing
Joint Enterprise
Contributor to Accessorial Liability after Jogee 2019 – Hart Ed Krebs 
Submission to APPG on Miscarriages of Justice: Complicity and Coercion
Felicity delivers a video presentation on The Injustices of Joint Enterprise across the Commonwealth at The Innovation Justice Conference
Nominated for Victorian Bar Pro Bono Award
Felicity appeared in a multi handed joint enterprise murder trial in Nottingham which resulted in mixed verdicts
Felicity spoke at the 2019 NZ Criminal Bar Conference – Life after Jogee (Felicity on Complicity)
Procedural rights
Watch Felicity’s video from 2019 The Advocate’s Gateway 3rd international conference in conjunction with The Centre for Advocacy at NTU, Nottingham, UK
Felicity presented a preliminary research project at ANZLHS on implying the rule of law into the Australian Constitution and the legacy of Elbridge Gerry, signatory to the U.S. Constitution
2019 LIV Crim Law Conference session on the Victorian Intermediaries and Ground Rules Hearing Pilot
Submission made to 2019 Artificial Intelligence: Australia’s Ethics Framework Public Consultation
2019 led ICJV submission to Royal Commission into management of Human Sources
Contributor to Access to Justice for vulnerable People. Edited by Professor Penny Cooper and Linda Hunting. Wildy, Simmonds and Hill Publishing (forthcoming). Gerry F., Woodroffe D., et al., Anunga 40 Years On (2019)

Read my article in Counsel Magazine, celebrating 25 years at the Bar


This year I am looking forward to completing a project on human trafficking and the criminal law and filing my PhD thesis for examination and I have started a new Constitutional project on implying the rule of law and the legacy of Elbridge Gerry.

I am not sure I can rescue him from the ‘gerrymandering’ label but refusing to sign the U.S. Constitution until it had a Bill of Rights seems pretty cool……In a tumultuous world….let’s hope the research bears fruit.
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