Joel practises in public and criminal law. He has advised and appeared in matters concerning administrative and constitutional law, statutory interpretation, planning, migration, negligence by public entities, commissions of inquiry, coronial inquests and crime.
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Prior to coming to the Bar, Joel split his time between teaching at the University of Melbourne Law School and working as a Principal Legal Advisor in the Attorney General’s Office of the General Counsel. He was previously the Senior Associate to the Honourable Justice Emerton at the Supreme Court of Victoria.
Joel developed experience in policy and government during his time as an Associate at the Boston Consulting Group as well as a Principal Policy Officer at the Department of Justice and Community Safety. He has also worked in London for three years at the Centre for Public Impact where he led a research team investigating the use of Artificial Intelligence in the law. During this time he published and spoke at several international conferences about the way in which intelligent machines will affect the law and legal systems.
Joel graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Bachelor of Arts (Combined Hons – Philosophy & Political Science) and Diploma of Modern Languages (Japanese) from the University of Melbourne. He subsequently studied at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo as a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Endeavour Award and his research focused on the legal philosophical basis of nonhuman animal rights.
Joel read with Graeme Hill and his Senior Mentors are Rowena Orr QC and Colin Mandy SC. He accepts pro bono briefs and has completed work for the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency and Fitzroy Legal Service.