Full Name: Dr Adam McBeth
Phone: 9225 7263
Fax: 9225 8480
Chambers: Castan Chambers
Room: 1506
Date of Admission: 5 Mar 2001
Called to the Bar: 22 Oct 2015
Qualifications: PhD, LLB (Hons), BA, Grad Cert Higher Ed
Previous Occupation: Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Monash University


Adam came to the Bar from a distinguished career in academia, having been an Associate Professor at the Monash University Law Faculty and a Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law.

Adam practises broadly in commercial law, tort and other civil litigation. He has a particular interest in all areas of public law, including judicial review, immigration, human rights and matters in VCAT and the AAT, as well as international law and extradition. He appears regularly in all jurisdictions and prepares written advice on commercial, tort and public law matters.

Adam’s recent appearances include:

High Court

  • Re Canavan & ors (the ‘dual citizenship case’, regarding ineligibility of various parliamentarians under s44 of the Constitution, led by B Walters QC, with E Bennett, for former Senators Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters).
  • BRF038 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2017] HCA 44 (first ever appeal from the Supreme Court of Nauru in a refugee case, led by G Costello for the appellant).

Court of Appeal

Supreme Court of Victoria

Federal Court of Australia

  • MZAFZ v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (2016) 243 FCR 1 (established denial of procedural fairness for undisclosed s438 certificate, unled for the appellant).
  • BJP15 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2017] FCA 613 (unled for the appellant).
  • MZZLD v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (2016) 154 ALD 316 (unled for the applicant).

Federal Circuit Court

  • CZB16 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2017] FCCA 2382 (unled for the applicant).
  • CGT15 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2016] FCCA 2749 (unled for the applicant).
  • MZZLK v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2016] FCCA 3496 (unled for the applicant).

County Court

  • Pollard Properties v Bourke (unled for the defendant on a successful application to set aside substituted service; underlying dispute settled)

Adam is an accomplished author, with three books to his credit, including Australia’s leading human rights text, The International Law of Human Rights (with Justine Nolan and Simon Rice), as well as numerous book chapters and articles in scholarly journals. He has conducted training on international human rights law for Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and for representatives of governments and civil society from Iraq and Indonesia. He has also conducted training for government on the Victorian Charter of Human Rights, and for business on corporate social responsibility and human rights litigation.

Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)


  • Civil Appeals
  • Criminal Appeals

Commercial Law

  • Competition Law & Consumer Law

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Constitutional Law
  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Discrimination & Equal Opportunity
  • Extradition
  • Human Rights Law
  • Immigration
  • Information Privacy
  • Judicial Review
From 13 Nov 2015, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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