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Dr Gabrielle Wolf



Associate Professor


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Law


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2005
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Melbourne, 1997
Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Melbourne, 1997

+61 3 924 68277


Dr Gabrielle Wolf is an Associate Professor in Deakin Law School. Gabrielle obtained degrees in Arts (with Honours), Law, and a PhD in History from the University of Melbourne, and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Learning and Teaching from Deakin University.

Since commencing at Deakin Law School in 2014, she has published on aspects of the current and past regulation of health practitioners, health records and sentencing law. From 2018 to 2019, Gabrielle was the Course Director of the Juris Doctor and, in 2016, Gabrielle was a researcher for the Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre.

Prior to joining Deakin Law School, Gabrielle published on topics in law, history and theatre studies. She also worked as a research associate for a judge in the Family Court of Australia and as a lawyer in private practice and in-house. Gabrielle practised in a range of areas of the law, including the regulation of health practitioners, at Minter Ellison Lawyers, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria, Russell Kennedy Lawyers, and Macpherson & Kelley Lawyers.

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Research interests

  • Regulation of Health Practitioners
  • History of the Regulation of Health Practitioners
  • Health Records
  • Sentencing Law


  • Member, Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society (ANZLHS).
  • Member, Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine (ANZSHM).

Teaching interests

  • Contract Law

Units taught

  • MLL334 - Evidence Law
  • MLJ702 - Contract Law and Policy 


  • Wolf, G. ‘Moritz Meyer and the Medical Board: Preventing Refugee Doctors from Practising Medicine in Victoria, Australia, 1937-58’, Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society Conference, 2018.
  • Wolf, G., 'Preservation of Patient Confidentiality in an Electronic Health Record System', Medical Software Industry Association Summit, 2017.
  • Wolf, G., 'Hartnett, Epstein, Van der Hope: Regulating Unconventional Doctors', Australian and New Zealand Society for the History of Medicine Biennial Conference, 2017.
  • Wolf, G., 'Hartnett, Epstein, Van der Hope: Emotion and the Regulation of Unconventional Doctors', History of Emotions Conference, 2016.
  • Wolf, G., 'From Cancelling the Registration of the ‘Inebriate’ to Suspending the Registration of the ‘Impaired’: Powers Granted to Medical Boards in Victoria to Regulate Unwell Doctors Between 1844 and 2015', Australian and New Zealand Society for the History of Medicine Biennial Conference, 2015.
  • Wolf, G., 'A Delayed Inheritance: The Medical Board of Victoria's 75-Year Wait to Find Doctors Guilty of Infamous Conduct in a Professional Respect', Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society Conference, 2014.
  • Wolf, G., 'A Modern Sort of Mateship: Challenges to Australian Mateship in the New Wave', Sponsored by the School of Historical Studies, Monash University, History Australia, Eras and the Melbourne Branch of the Society for the Study of Labour History, 2006.
  • Wolf, G., 'Historical Entertainment: Representations of Australian History and the Nation in Melbourne Federation Theatre', Australian Historical Association Conference, 2002.
  • Wolf, G., 'Australian Immigrants and Aborigines: Outsiders to the Australian National Stage?', Adelaide University Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Conference, 2001.
  • Wolf, G., 'Performing the Nation on Melbourne Stages: British Authority in Australia', International Federation of Theatre Research conference, 2001.
  • Wolf, G., 'Stage of a City: Marvellous Melbourne as Culture and Performance', Australasian Drama Studies Association Conference, 2001.

Professional activities

Media appearances

  • ABC Radio National, 'Books and Arts' with Michael Cathcart, a panel discussion about the Australian Performing Group, Australia, 17 July 2017.
  • 'Are Health Boards Fair and Impartial?', Sydney Morning Herald and Canberra Times, Australia, 20 August 2014.
  • Co-host of 'Batmania', 3RRR radio station, Australia, 2014.
  • ABC Melbourne with Jon Faine, interview regarding Make It Australian, Australia, 7 May 2008.
  • 'Timeless Allure of Live Action', Australian Literary Review, Australia, 6 December 2006.
  • 'Backstage Passes', Australian Literary Review, Australia, 4 October 2006.


  • Commendation, Victorian Community History Awards, for Make It Australian: The Australian Performing Group, The Pram Factory and New Wave Theatre, Australia, 2009.
  • Manuscript Sponsorship, Writing Centre for Scholars and Researchers, School of Graduate Studies, University of Melbourne, Australia, 2006.
  • Lloyd Robson Memorial Award, History Department, University of Melbourne, Australia, 2002.
  • The University of Melbourne Travel for Research in Postgraduate Study funding, Australia, 2001.
  • Australian Postgraduate Award with Stipend, Australia, 2000.
  • The University of Melbourne International Scholarship, Australia, 1996.


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The illusion of principled justice: the fiction that sentencing principle is applied consistently

Mirko Bagaric, Gabrielle Wolf, Brienna Bagaric

(2019), Vol. 47, pp. 12-40, Australian Bar Review, Sydney, N.S.W., C1


Trauma and sentencing: the case for mitigating penalty for childhood physical and sexual abuse

Mirko Bagaric, Gabrielle Wolf, Peter Isham

(2019), Vol. 30, pp. 1-59, Stanford law and policy review, Stanford, Calif., C1


United States sentencing developments: the world's largest mass incarcerator goes into decarceration mode

Mirko Bagaric, Gabrielle Wolf, Daniel McCord

(2019), Vol. 43, pp. 130-146, Criminal law journal, Rozelle, N.S.W., C1


The My Health Record system: potential to undermine the paradigm of patient confidentiality?

Gabrielle Wolf, Danuta Mendelson

(2019), Vol. 42, pp. 619-651, University of New South Wales law journal, Sydney, N.S.W., C1


Professional reports for sentencing courts: recommendations for reporting on child exploitation material offenders' risk of recidivism and prospects for rehabilitation

Michael Proeve, Gabrielle Wolf

(2019), pp. 1-18, Psychiatry, psychology and law, Abingdon, Eng., C1


A RATIONAL APPROACH TO SENTENCING OFFENDERS FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY: A Normative and Scientific Analysis Underpinning Proportionate Penalties for Animal Cruelty Offenders

Mirko Bagaric, Jane Kotzmann, Gabrielle Wolf

(2019), South Carolina Law Review, C1


Technological incarceration and the end of the prison crisis

M Bagaric, D Hunter, G Wolf

(2018), Vol. 108, pp. 73-135, Journal of criminal law and criminology, Baltimore, Md., C1


Hartnett, Epstein, Van der Hope: regulating unconventional doctors

G Wolf

(2018), Vol. 25, pp. 331-356, Journal of Law and Medicine, Rozelle, N.S.W., C1


The United States' incarceration crisis: cautionary lessons for Australian sentencing

M Bagaric, T Alexander, G Wolf

(2018), Vol. 42, pp. 34-50, Criminal law journal, New York, N.Y., C1


Sentencing by computer: enhancing sentencing transparency and predictability, and (possibly) bridging the gap between sentencing knowledge and practice

Mirko Bagaric, Gabrielle Wolf

(2018), Vol. 25, George Mason law review, Arlington, Va., C1


Mitigating America's mass incarceration crisis without compromising community protection: expanding the role of rehabilitation in sentencing

Mirko Bagaric, Gabrielle Wolf, William Rininger

(2018), Vol. 22, pp. 1-60, Lewis and Clark law review, Portland, Or., C1


Moritz Meyer and the Medical Board: preventing refugee doctors from practising medicine in Victoria, Australia, 1937-1958

G Wolf

(2018), Vol. 26, pp. 61-88, Journal of law and medicine, Rozelle, N.S.W., C1


Nice or nasty? Reasons to abolish character as a consideration in Australian sentencing hearings and professionals' disciplinary proceedings

Gabrielle Wolf, Mirko Bagaric

(2018), Vol. 44, pp. 567-601, Monash university law review, Clayton, Vic., C1


Monitoring a "menace": peer review and the regulation of substance-addicted doctors, 1933-48

G Wolf

(2017), Vol. 24, pp. 597-615, Journal of law and medicine, New York, N.Y., C1


Regulating health professionals

G Wolf

(2017), pp. 73-99, Health law: frameworks and context, Cambridge, Eng., B1


Bringing sentencing into the 21st century: closing the gap between practice and knowledge by introducing expertise into sentencing law

M Bagaric, N Fischer, G Wolf

(2017), Vol. 45, pp. 785-850, Hofstra law review, Hempstead, N.Y., C1


Compelling safety: reforming Australian treating doctors' mandatory reporting obligations

G Wolf

(2017), Vol. 39, pp. 199-231, Sydney Law Review, Australia, C1


Health privacy and confidentiality

D Mendelson, G Wolf

(2017), pp. 266-282, Tensions and traumas in health law, Annandale, N.S.W., B1


Towards compassion: statutory powers to regulate impaired doctors in Victoria, 1844-2016.

G Wolf

(2016), Vol. 39, pp. 1410-1437, University of New South Wales law journal, Sydney, N.S.W., C1


'My [electronic] Health Record' - cui bono (for whose benefit)?

D Mendelson, G Wolf

(2016), Vol. 24, pp. 283-296, Journal of law and medicine, New York, N.Y., C1


A delayed inheritance: The Medical Board of Victoria's 75-year wait to find doctors guilty of "infamous conduct in a professional respect"

G Wolf

(2015), Vol. 22, pp. 568-587, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, N.S.W., C1-1


Sticking up for Victoria? - Victoria's Legislative Council inquires into the performance of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

G Wolf

(2014), Vol. 40, pp. 890-919, Monash University law review, Melbourne, Vic., C1


Echoes of Paris in the antipodes: French theatre and opera in Melbourne (1850-1914)

C Sowerwine, G Wolf

(2008), Vol. 45, pp. 81-97, Australian Journal of French Studies, United Kingdom, C1-1


Make it Australian: the Australian Performing Group, the Pram Factory and new wave theatre

G Wolf

(2008), Strawberry Hills, N.S.W., A1-1


Innocent convicts and respectable bushrangers: history and the nation in Melbourne melodrama, 1890?1914

G Wolf

(2004), Vol. 28, pp. 73-81, Journal of Australian studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


Frustrating sperm: regulation of AID in Victoria under the Infertility Treatment Act 1995 (Vic)

G Wolf

(1996), Vol. 10, pp. 1-15, Australian journal of family law, Chatswood, N.S.W., C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Funding Sources

Identity assurance - B1

Prof Louis De Koker, Prof Pompeu Casanovas Romeu, Prof Danuta Mendelson, Dr Bridget Bainbridge, Dr Gabrielle Wolf, Prof Sandeep Gopalan

  • 2016: $115,535


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