Full Name: Mr Rishi Gulati
Phone: +61 3 9225 7777
Mobile: +61 (0) 450 662 064
Chambers: Aickin Chambers
Date of Admission: 18 Feb 2011
Called to the Bar: 30 Apr 2015
Qualifications: LLB (Hons) (ANU); LLM (Leiden)
Previous Occupation: Legal Officer Attorney General's Department; Associate Lecturer (UNSW); Research Associate Federal Court of Australia


Rishi Gulati practises in all areas of private and public international law, also possessing expertise in the law of international organisations.

Latest News - December 10, 2018
Rishi Gulati, together with Dr Philippa Webb (Barrister, 20 Essex Street, London) are representing a former employee of the Asian Development Bank headquartered in the Philippines  at the United Nations Human Rights Committee. Recently, a case was filed at the United Nations Human Rights Committee against the Philippines for breaching the complainant's internationally guaranteed human rights, including but not limited to the right to a fair trial provided for by Article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 1966. The international responsibility of the Philippines has been invoked for it has failed to take any steps to ensure or remedy the violations of the victim’s fundamental human rights. In ensuring that the victim's rights are realised, it is hoped that this case will affirm and establish that host states are held accountable for their failures when public international organisations (such as the ADB) hosted on their territory  engage in a denial of justice.

International Organisations Law and International Administrative LawRishi Gulati regularly advises and conducts litigation at international administrative tribunals set up to resolve employment disputes between international organisations and their staff members. He has represented clients at the United Nations Dispute Tribunal, the Asian Development Bank Administrative Tribunal and the Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organisation. Further, he has represented or advised clients regarding the internal justice system of several international organisations, including the UN, Asian Development Bank, IMF, EBRD, International Criminal Court, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, etc. He has also advised on the immunities of international organisations, including advising on aspects of the Haiti Cholera Litigation. Rishi has also performed consulting work on various other aspects of international organisations law, including considering Head-Quarters Agreements, and privileges and immunities arrangements applicable in Host States. He is also working on a major project on the accountability of international organisations and global administrative law, and  is an Oxford International Organizations Rapporteur. {Rishi is on the Roster of FICSA Legal Advisors.]

International Human Rights Law

Rishi Gulati advises individuals and groups on their rights under the core human rights treaties, including the ICCPR and the ICESCR, as well as representing individuals before international fora. He is presently representing clients at the Human Rights Committee, and the UN Committee Against Torture. He has also worked at the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, advising the Australian Government on various international human rights issues. He is presently working on a major international project on the right to a fair trial under international law with Dr Philippa Webb and Mrs Amal Clooney.

Public and Private International Law

Rishi Gulati welcomes briefs in all areas of public and private international law. His international law experience includes representing the Australian Government at the United Nations International Trade Law Commission, advising the Australian Government on international trade and commercial law issues (including representing Australia in negotiations concerning a global convention on the recognition and enforcement of foreign civil and commercial judgments), work at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, and acting as UN Affiliate Counsel. He has published widely in leading journals on contemporary issues of key concern, including National Security Law, International Terrorism and State Responsibility, Immunities of International Organisations, Nationality and Citizenship Law, and issues around the commission of international torts by State Actors.

Rishi Gulati is an Academic Expert at a leading public international law Barristers’ Chambers in London – Bretton Woods Law. He has delivered lectures at various leading institutions, including New York University, Max Planck Institute for Public And International Law (where he was a Guest Visitor in February 2016), Hague Talks, Indian Society of International Law, King’s College London, and the Australian National University. He has also lectured at the University of New South Wales and the Australian National University.

Since coming to the Bar, in addition to various international courts and tribunals, Rishi Gulati has appeared at the Victorian Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Victoria, and the Royal Commission for Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Rishi has also advised on national security law, administrative law, and migration and refugee law.



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          • Rishi Gulati, ‘Review of Abdelaziz Megzari, The Internal Justice of the United Nations: A Critical History 1945–2015’, British Yearbook of International Law, 2017 (forthcoming)
          • Rishi Gulati, Headnote and Commentary on the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations 1946, OUP (forthcoming)
          • R Gulati, ‘Survey of Developments in Australian Private International Law 2013-2014’ (2015), Vol 32 Australian Year Book of International Law (with Andrew Lu and Thinesh Thillainadarajah) 
          • R Gulati, ‘Survey of Developments in Australian Private International Law 2009-2012’ (2014), Vol 31 Australian Year Book of International Law (with Andrew Lu, Thomas John and Thinesh Thillainadarajah), pp. 421-459.
          • R Gulati, ‘Nationality in the Age of Google, Skype and Facebook’, in Kim Rubenstein and Mark Nolan (Eds), Allegiance and Identity in a Globalized World, Cambridge University Press (2014)
          • R Gulati, ‘Resolving Dual and Multiple Nationality Disputes in a Globalized World’ (2014), Vol 28 No 1 Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality, pp. 27-45.
          • R Gulati, 'Sunset Clauses in Australian Anti-Terror Laws' (2013), Adelaide Law Review (with Nicola McGarrity and George Williams), pp. 307-333.
          • Gulati, ‘The 26/11 Terrorist Attacks and the Application of the Laws of Armed Conflict’ (2012), Vol X ISIL Yearbook of International Humanitarian and Refugee Law, pp. 91-113.
          • R Gulati, ‘The 26/11 Mumbai Terrorist Attack: Assessing Pakistan’s Responsibility in International Law’ (2011), Vol 51 No 3 Indian Journal of International Law, pp. 321-363.
          • R Gulati, ‘The Internal Dispute Resolution Mechanism of the United Nations’ (2011), Vol 15 Max Plank Yearbook of United Nations Law, pp. 489-538.

          Areas of Practice

          Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

          • International Arbitration


          Commercial Law

          • Competition Law & Consumer Law
          • Contractual Disputes
          • Transport Law

          Criminal Law

          • Appellate
          • Corporate / White Collar Crime
          • Extradition
          • Juvenile / Children's Court
          • Mental Illness
          • Proceeds of Crime

          Industrial Relations Law & Employment Law

          • Discrimination

          International Law

          • Public International Law

          Public Law & Administrative Law

          • Constitutional Law
          • Discrimination & Equal Opportunity
          • Extradition
          • Human Rights Law
          • Immigration
          • Information Privacy
          • Judicial Review
          • Merits Review
          • Social Security

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