Astrid Haban-Beer has a practice incorporating criminal law and public law, across state and Federal courts. Astrid’s practice includes acting in jury and non-jury trials, royal commissions, inquiries, and coronial inquests, in criminal, regulatory and enforcement matters. Astrid has particular experience in Commonwealth matters, public interest immunity, and matters involving the intersection of criminal and civil law.
Astrid appears in all Courts, Tribunals and Commissions of inquiry. She has both a defence and prosecution practice. While Victorian based, Astrid is also available to accept briefs across all Australian jurisdictions (with particular experience in the ACT and NSW).
Astrid has a current high level security clearance.
Astrid undertakes advice work and appearances (trials, pleas, committals and applications) across all jurisdictions, in criminal and quasi-criminal matters, covering areas of:
Astrid appears and advises in Royal Commissions and other investigations and inquiries. Astrid most recently acted for the Commonwealth DPP in the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants.
She appeared in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse for the State of Victoria, the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption for a person of interest, and advised in the Royal Commisison into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.
Astrid is a Victoria Legal Aid Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister, and holds an Indictable Crime Certificate (ICC).
Astrid commenced her legal career as a Judge's Associate at the Supreme Court of Victoria with the Hon. Justice Bongiorno (2006-2007).
Prior to joining the Bar, Astrid was a Senior Lawyer at the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) in the Civil Regulatory and Enforcement team (2008-2013).
As an experienced solicitor, Astrid acted for Commonwealth agencies in the areas of competition and consumer law, customs and tariff law, national security, trade marks, regulatory enforcement and insolvency.
Astrid spent a significant period of time on secondment within in-house legal teams at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in the mergers branch, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) in the debt litigation section, and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) Oil-For-Food Taskforce.
Astrid has recognised experience and leadership in diversity, equality and access to justice issues.
Current Board and Committee work:
In 2019, Astrid was named as the inaugural winner of the Professions category of the 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australians Leadership awards through Asialink, PwC, AFR and ANU.
With Australians Detained Abroad, Astrid has particular knowledge relating to the legal systems in The Philippines and Colombia.
Astrid is a former Convenor and board member of the Victorian Women Lawyers Association (VWL) (2008-2013), and chaired VWL's Women in Government Committee, Justice Committee and Women Migrants' Information Committee.
Astrid was a Director of the board of St Kilda Community Legal Centre from 2014-2018, and sat on the audit and risk committee.
She was previously a member of the Bar's Indigenous Justice Committee, the Law Institute of Victoria's Diversity Taskforce (2012-2019), and the Law Council of Australia Equal Opportunity committee (2011-2017).
Astrid has also worked in human trafficking policy and advocacy for the UNODC in Bogota, Colombia, and advises and appears in human trafficking matters in Australia.
Astrid completed her LLM at the University of Melbourne focusing on criminal law and disability/health law subjects.
Astrid read with Benjamin Fitzpatrick and her senior mentor is Fiona McLeod SC.
Recent appearances include:
Astrid has appeared in the following Royal Commissions:
Other appearances of note: