PhD Candidate in Criminal Law, Deakin University

Paul began his legal career with a double degree of law and legal studies at La Trobe University, with a semester studying politics and human rights at Stockholm University. He was then awarded a position as a Commonwealth graduate with Comcare in Canberra, during which time he completed both the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice with ANU and a Diploma of Government (Management) with the Australian Public Service Commission.

Paul then returned to Melbourne to work as a prosecutor with the Office of Public Prosecutions (Vic), instructing in appellate cases such as Director of Public Prosecutions v DJC [2012] VSCA 132 (admissibility of identification evidence) as well a number of homicide trials in the Supreme Court of Victoria. He then completed his Masters at Temple University in Philadelphia (graduating magna cum laude and receiving the Faculty Prize for Writing), and was invited back to teach Legal Research and Writing to the next round of Masters students.

In early 2015 Paul worked in Johannesburg as senior legal researcher for now-retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, before returning to commence his doctoral studies with Deakin University, where he is currently investigating the criminalisation of behaviours that cause purely psychological injuries under the supervision of Dr Marilyn McMahon.

Paul has published articles on technology law, criminal law, and family violence. He has a particular interest in criminalisation theory, neurolaw, technology law, and the increasing role of psychology in the criminal courtroom.


  • 2015–present
    eLearning advisor, Swinburne Online (criminology)
  • 2016–present
    Legal Policy Officer, Sentencing Advisory Council (Vic)
  • 2015–present
    PhD candidate, Deakin University
  • 2012–2017
    Law Mentor, Australian National University
  • 2015–2015
    Senior legal researcher, Constitutional Court of South Africa
  • 2014–2014
    Assistant lecturer, Temple University
  • 2011–2013
    Prosecutor, Office of Public Prosecutions (Vic)
  • 2010–2011
    Lawyer, Comcare


  • 2014 
    Temple University (Philadelphia, USA), Master of Laws (LLM)
  • 2010 
    Australian National University (Canberra, AUS), Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP)
  • 2010 
    Australian Public Service Commission (Canberra, AUS), Diploma of Government (Management)
  • 2009 
    La Trobe University (Melbourne, AUS), Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
  • 2008 
    La Trobe University (Melbourne, AUS), Bachelor of Legal Studies


  • 2017
    A fair 'hearing': Earwitness identifications and voice identification parades, International Journal of Evidence and Proof
  • 2017
    Criminalising emotional abuse, intimidation and economic abuse in the context of family violence: The Tasmanian experience, University of Tasmania Law Review
  • 2016
    "But I was so sure it was him": How Facebook could be making eyewitness identifications unreliable, Internet Law Bulletin
  • 2016
    Criminalising controlling and coercive behaviour: The next step in the prosecution of domestic violence?, Alternative Law Journal
  • 2016
    Judicial Recognition of PTSD in Crime Victims: A Review of How Much Credence Australian Courts Give to Crime-Induced PTSD, Journal of Law and Medicine
  • 2015
    The limited impact of Facebook and the displacement effect on the admissibility of identification evidence, Criminal Law Journal