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Senior Lecturer, The University of Melbourne

Jamie completed his Bachelors of Arts and Laws (majoring in Japanese and Philosophy) at Monash University in 1999. He graduated first in his class and received the Supreme Court Prize.

After completing his articled clerkship at Holding Redlich, he commenced work as a Research and Policy Officer at the Victorian Law Reform Commission. He worked at the Commission from 2001-2003, during which time he co-authored a number of publications on Defences to Homicide, Disputes Between Co-owners and Workplace Privacy.

During 2003-04 he was employed as a Research Analyst for the Australian Institute of Criminology, where he co-authored two reports for the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Drugs and Crime Prevention in Victoria: Final Report of the Inquiry into Fraud and Electronic Commerce and Final Report of the Inquiry into Violence Associated with Motor Vehicle Use. From 2001-04 Jamie was the chairperson of Springvale Monash Legal Service.

From 2005-12 Jamie worked as Senior Research Officer at the Judicial College of Victoria. In this role he was responsible for developing, drafting and updating the Victorian Criminal Charge Book. This is the main judicial reference book used by judges and legal practitioners in Victorian criminal jury trials. He also co-authored the Report of the Jury Directions Simplification Project (the 'Weinberg Report').

From 2013-20 Jamie worked as a Lecturer at Monash University, where he taught a range of units, including Criminal Law, Forensic Evidence, Lawyer's Ethics and Professional Practice. Jamie has worked as a Senior Lecturer at the Melbourne Law School since 2020.

Jamie’s current research focuses on the intersection between law, psychiatry and psychology, especially in the sentencing context. He has published articles and book chapters on this theme, and given numerous national and international conference presentations. His PhD thesis, titled Sentencing Offenders With Mental Illnesses: A Principled Approach, examined the circumstances in which mental illnesses should be taken into account when sentencing offenders who are convicted of serious crimes. He is currently drafting a monograph on this issue for Cambridge University Press (UK). Jamie's other research interests include neurolaw (the intersection between neuroscience and the law) and forensic evidence.


  • 2020–present
    Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne
  • 2013–2020
    Lecturer, Monash University
  • 2005–2012
    Senior Research Officer, Judicial College of Victoria
  • 2003–2004
    Research Analyst, Australian Institute of Criminology
  • 2001–2003
    Research and Policy Officer, Victorian Law Reform Commission


  • 2016 
    Monash University, PhD
  • 1999 
    Monash University, LLB (Hons)
  • 1997 
    Monash University, BA (Hons)


  • 2018
    Mandated Treatment as Punishment: Exploring the Second Verdins Principle’, Critical Perspectives on Coercive Interventions: Law, Medicine and Society, Routledge
  • 2017
    Defining “Mental Disorder” in Legal Contexts’ , International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, Vol.53, pp 7-18
  • 2017
    Sentencing Offenders with Personality Disorders: A Critical Analysis of DPP (Vic) v O’Neill’, Melbourne University Law Review , Vol.41, No.1, pp.417-444
  • 2010
    Sentencing Offenders with Impaired Mental Functioning, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law Vol.17, No.2, May 2010, pp 187-201

Research Areas

  • Courts And Sentencing (160203)
  • Criminal Law And Procedure (180110)
  • Legal Theory, Jurisprudence And Legal Interpretation (180122)