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Mr James Farrell

Position: Lecturer
Campus: Geelong Waterfront Campus
Phone: +61 3 52272541 +61 3 52272541



James Farrell OAM joined the Deakin University School of Law in October 2011. Before this, he was the manager/principal lawyer of the PILCH Homeless Persons' Legal Clinic, a specialist outreach legal service for people experiencing (or at risk of) homelessness. In this role, James supervised over 300 volunteer lawyers from large commercial law firms who visited 12 shelters and welfare agencies each week to provide clients with advice, advocacy and representation. James was also responsible for the HPLC’s policy and law reform campaigning and community engagement.

James' research interests have been shaped by his experiences working with marginalised and disadvantaged clients, and his research focuses on poverty law, social justice and human rights.

James is currently the Director of the Queensland Association of Independent Legal Services, Chairperson of the Queensland Legal Assistance Forum, Treasurer of the National Association of Community Legal Centres and a member of the StreetSmart Australia grants committee. James is a 2014 Churchill Fellow, a centre fellow of the Centre for Rural Regional Law & Justice and a member of the Alfred Deakin Research Institute. James has also served on the boards of community legal centres, an arts organisation and other community groups.

In June 2014, James was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the community, particularly through social welfare and legal assistance programs. James also received the inaugural Ben Bodna Award from VCOSS, was 'highly commended' in the Lawyer's Weekly 'Young Gun' award, and listed in InTheBlack's young leaders.


  • Bachelor of Commerce, 2006
  • Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce, 2007
  • Master of Laws, 2009
  • Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, 2012

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Teaching Interests


Legal skills and professional practice

Subjects and units currently teaching

MLL110 Legal Principles and Skills

MLC301 Taxation

MLL406 Taxation

MLC712 Taxation


Awards and prizes

2012 Alumni Achievement Award, University of New England
2012 Winner, Australian Leadership Award
2011 Finalist, Law Institute of Victoria’s President’s Award
2011 Highly commended, Lawyer’s Weekly Awards ‘Young Gun’
2011 Winner, VCOSS Ben Bodna Award



Farrell, James and Smyth, Russell (2014) Trends in co-authorship in the Australian Group of 8 law reviews, Monash University Law Review, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 815-837, Monash University, Victoria

Farrell, James (2014) Social media for social change lawyers: an Australian housing rights lawyer's experience, International journal of the legal profession, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 209-221, Taylor & Francis, Abingdon, England

Farrell, James (2013) Children's rights to legal representation in child protection proceedings, Family law review, vol. 3, pp. 94-99, Thomson Reuters, Sydney, N.S.W.

Jordan, Lucinda and Farrell, James (2013) Juvenile justice diversion in Victoria : a blank canvas?, Current issues in criminal justice, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 419-437, University of Sydney, Law School Institute of Criminology, Sydney, N. S. W.

Farrell, James (2012) Fines and infringements, The law handbook 2013 : your practical guide to law in Victoria, pp. 185-203, Fitzroy Legal Service, Fitzroy, Vic

McDonnell, Michelle* and Farrell, James (2012) Tough, tougher, toughest? A new government’s approach to sentencing laws in Victoria, Alternative law journal, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 238-243, Legal Service Bulletin Co-operative, Melbourne, Vic

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