DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION COMMISIONER
Dr Ben Gauntlett has been appointed as Australia’s new Disability Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission for a five year term.
Ben was admitted to practice in 2008 in Western Australia. He was the Associate to the Hon Justice Kenneth Hayne AC and Counsel Assisting the Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth. He came to the Victorian Bar in 2014 and read with Daniel Crennan QC and Rowena Orr QC.
Ben completed his undergraduate Law (Hons) and Commerce degrees at the University of Western Australia, where he was ranked first out of 192 graduating Law students and won a number of academic prizes.
At a post-graduate level, Ben has completed a Master of Laws from New York University (as a Hauser Global Scholar) focusing on corporate and competition law, where he won the Betty Bock Prize for Competition Policy, and a D.Phil. in Law from the University of Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar). He has taught finance, corporations law, private law, competition law, public law, administrative law, taxation law and evidence at the University of Oxford, University of Melbourne, Trinity College, University of Western Australia and the Australian National University. At Oxford, Ben was also an Editor of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal.
Dr Gauntlett will commence in his new role on 7 May 2019.