Adam came to the Bar from a distinguished career in academia, having been an Associate Professor at the Monash University Law Faculty and a Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law.
Adam practises primarily in public law, including judicial review, constitutional law, electoral law, immigration, human rights and matters in VCAT and the AAT, as well as appeals and commercial matters involving regulators or issues of statutory construction. He also practises broadly in tort and other civil litigation. He appears regularly in all jurisdictions and prepares written advice on commercial, tort and public law matters.
Adam’s recent appearances include:
Court of Appeal
Supreme Court of Victoria
Federal Court of Australia
Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal
Adam is an accomplished author, with three books to his credit, including Australia’s leading human rights text, The International Law of Human Rights (with Justine Nolan and Simon Rice), as well as numerous book chapters and articles in scholarly journals. He has conducted training on international human rights law for Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and for representatives of governments and civil society from Iraq and Indonesia. He has also conducted training for government on the Victorian Charter of Human Rights, and for business on corporate social responsibility and human rights litigation.
In 2019, Adam received the Victorian Bar Public Interest / Justice Innovation Award as part of the counsel team for the Barwon Prison youth detention matter.