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Associate Professor Jeffrey Barnes Associate Professor, Law Melbourne

Jeffrey Barnes is a graduate of the University of New South Wales, the Australian National University, and La Trobe University. He is Associate Professor, School of Law, La Trobe University. He is also the Director, Centre for Legislation, Its Interpretation and Drafting. He was the inaugural Director of Teaching and Learning in La Trobe Law School.

His teaching and research interests generally lie in the areas of public law, the legislative process, and statutory interpretation. His research interests currently focus on statutory interpretation, legislative drafting, administrative law and legal education. In 2014 he was awarded a PhD on the plain language movement and legislation. In 2013 he was invited to give a presentation on statutory interpretation at the Supreme and Federal Courts Judges' Conference in Adelaide.

Apart from his academic work, Dr Barnes has practised law extensively - as a Legal Officer (legislative drafter) with the Parliamentary Counsel's Office of NSW; a law reporter for the Australian Law Reports; Associate to Justice Michael Kirby (Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission); Law Reform Officer; Australian Law Reform Commission solicitor; Stephen Jaques Stone James; Project Officer for the Administrative Review Council; Legal Member, Social Security Appeals Tribunal.

He has been a consultant on statutory interpretation and legislative drafting for a number of organisations including the Australian Capital Territory Parliamentary Counsel's Office, the Office of Parliamentary Counsel (Cth), the South Australian Judicial Development Committee, the Council of Australian Law Deans, and the Australian Taxation Office.

He has also performed honorary work for a number of organisations including the Victoria Law Foundation.


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