Gideon Boas


Barrister

Admitted:
1 May 1995
Bar:
3 May 2012
Location:
Room 1620, Castan Chambers,
460 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, 3000
Call Foley’s on 03 9225 7777 to discuss availability
PROFILE

Gideon Boas has a broad criminal and civil practice. He practises in the areas of criminal law (trial and appeal), personal injury (including medical negligence) and tort law, industrial as well as other civil and commercial areas. He has expertise in the area of evidence law, in which he teaches and publishes (see Bellew, Arhur, Boas and Chifflet, Austrlian Uniform Evidence Law: Principles and Context, LexisNexis 2019), and has considerable experience in complex litigation, both in Australia and internationally. Gideon is briefed in a number of complex serious criminal and civil matters, traversing terrorism, foreign incursions, slavery, drugs and fraud, as well as civil proceedings for plaintiffs seeking damages for historical sex abuse. He also practices in the Federal Court in civil penalty and industrial matters.

Gideon has worked as a Senior Legal Officer at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), where he led the Chamber’s legal team in the Milosevic case. He has also acted for Radovan Karadzic, accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes before the ICTY.

Gideon has delivered legal training on criminal and administrative law matters, including to the Victorian Bar, Judicial College of Victoria, Police Prosecutors, Victoria Legal Aid, the Office of Public Prosecutions and the Department of Justice, on the criminal process implications of the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities. He has given expert legal opinion on a range of matters, including in the extradition and human rights areas. He has consulted for a range of government bodies, including the Australian federal government and Victorian government departments, the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the United Nations. Gideon has published many books, book chapters and journal articles on criminal law and justice, evidence and procedure, and international law.

Gideon is a Victoria Legal Aid Criminal Trial preferred barrister. He is also an accredited specialist criminal law advocate under the Victorian Bar's Indictable Crime Certificate program.

Some of Gideon's recent cases include:

    • The Queen v Ibrahim Abbas [2020] VSCA 80, leading Paul Smallwood and Mihal Greener, leave to appeal sentence
    • Australian Building and Construction Commissioner v Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (the costs of the Cup of Tea Case) [2019] FCAFC 36, appeal on costs under Fair Work Act
    • Le v The Queen  [2019] VSCA 80, leading Andrew Imrie, leave to appeal sentence
    • Salesian Society Incorporated & Ors; Stephenson v Salesian Society Incorporated & Ors  [2018] VSC 622, admission of tendency and hearsay evidence in a historical sex abuse claim against the Church
    • Jarratt (a Pseudonym) & Ors v The Queen [2018] VSCA 150, adequacy of particulars in a foreign incursion case
    • Australian Building and Construction Commissioner v Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (The Cup of Tea Case) [2018] FCA 402, right of entry and alleged threats under Fair Work Act
    • The Queen v Cerantonio & Ors, Rulings 1 - 11 [2017] VSC 725; Ruling 13 [2018] VSC 35; Ruling 15 [2018] VSC 77; Ruling 16 [2018] VSC 97, pre-trial rulings on elements of offence and adequacy of particulars; Ruling 19 [2018] VSC 725
    • Hoang v The Queen [2018] VSCA 86, leading Andrew Imrie, sentencing appeal
    • Skarbek v The Society of Jesus in Victoria and ors [2016] VSC 622, resisting application to access confidential documents
    • Gaughan v Causevic (No. 2) [2016] FCC 1693, led by David Neal SC, contested Terrorist Control Order
    • R v Adnan Karabegovic, Supreme Court terrorism trial, led by Michael O'Connell QC and then Julian McMahon SC (acquittal)
    • Holloway v Commonwealth of Australia [2016] VSC 317, dicovery/public interest immunity argument
    • Oscar Higgins (a pseudonym) v The Queen [2016] VSCA 47, led by Michael O'Connell QC, application for interlocutory appeal on admissibility of evidence 

     

    Some of Gideon's current ongoing matters include:

    • The Queen v KK and KK, Supreme Court, leading Andrew Imrie, domestic slavery trial
    • Andrew Norbury Aircraft v Textron Aviation Inc (Formerly Cessna Aircraft Company, led by Dr Ian Freckelton QC, commercial aviation matter
    • Historical institutional sex abuse cases (various), acting for Plaintiffs, including:
      • cases against De La Salle Brothers, leading Dr Eamonn Kelly
      • Turner v Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and St Kevin's College, leading Dr Eamonn Kelly
      • cases against the Salesian Society of Vic, leading Dr Eamonn Kelly or led by Lesley Whalan SC
      • Anthony Wills v Society of Jesus (Xavier College), led by Lesley Whalan SC
      • cases against the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat, led by Lesley Whalan SC
    • Victorian Legal Services Commissioner v Bloom; Chen, VCAT Disciplinary Proceeding

     

    Gideon is also a Research Professor in the La Trobe University Law School.

    AREAS OF PRACTICE

    Appellate
    Commercial Law
    Common Law
    Criminal Law
    Family Law
    Industrial Relations Law & Employment Law
    Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions
    International Law
    Public Law & Administrative Law

    Profile1

    Gideon Boas has a broad criminal and civil practice. He practises in the areas of criminal law (trial and appeal), personal injury (including medical negligence) and tort law, industrial as well as other civil and commercial areas. He has expertise in the area of evidence law, in which he teaches and publishes (see Bellew, Arhur, Boas and Chifflet, Austrlian Uniform Evidence Law: Principles and Context, LexisNexis 2019), and has considerable experience in complex litigation, both in Australia and internationally. Gideon is briefed in a number of complex serious criminal and civil matters, traversing terrorism, foreign incursions, slavery, drugs and fraud, as well as civil proceedings for plaintiffs seeking damages for historical sex abuse. He also practices in the Federal Court in civil penalty and industrial matters.

    Gideon has worked as a Senior Legal Officer at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), where he led the Chamber’s legal team in the Milosevic case. He has also acted for Radovan Karadzic, accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes before the ICTY.

    Gideon has delivered legal training on criminal and administrative law matters, including to the Victorian Bar, Judicial College of Victoria, Police Prosecutors, Victoria Legal Aid, the Office of Public Prosecutions and the Department of Justice, on the criminal process implications of the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities. He has given expert legal opinion on a range of matters, including in the extradition and human rights areas. He has consulted for a range of government bodies, including the Australian federal government and Victorian government departments, the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the United Nations. Gideon has published many books, book chapters and journal articles on criminal law and justice, evidence and procedure, and international law.

    Gideon is a Victoria Legal Aid Criminal Trial preferred barrister. He is also an accredited specialist criminal law advocate under the Victorian Bar's Indictable Crime Certificate program.

    Some of Gideon's recent cases include:

      • The Queen v Ibrahim Abbas [2020] VSCA 80, leading Paul Smallwood and Mihal Greener, leave to appeal sentence
      • Australian Building and Construction Commissioner v Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (the costs of the Cup of Tea Case) [2019] FCAFC 36, appeal on costs under Fair Work Act
      • Le v The Queen  [2019] VSCA 80, leading Andrew Imrie, leave to appeal sentence
      • Salesian Society Incorporated & Ors; Stephenson v Salesian Society Incorporated & Ors  [2018] VSC 622, admission of tendency and hearsay evidence in a historical sex abuse claim against the Church
      • Jarratt (a Pseudonym) & Ors v The Queen [2018] VSCA 150, adequacy of particulars in a foreign incursion case
      • Australian Building and Construction Commissioner v Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (The Cup of Tea Case) [2018] FCA 402, right of entry and alleged threats under Fair Work Act
      • The Queen v Cerantonio & Ors, Rulings 1 - 11 [2017] VSC 725; Ruling 13 [2018] VSC 35; Ruling 15 [2018] VSC 77; Ruling 16 [2018] VSC 97, pre-trial rulings on elements of offence and adequacy of particulars; Ruling 19 [2018] VSC 725
      • Hoang v The Queen [2018] VSCA 86, leading Andrew Imrie, sentencing appeal
      • Skarbek v The Society of Jesus in Victoria and ors [2016] VSC 622, resisting application to access confidential documents
      • Gaughan v Causevic (No. 2) [2016] FCC 1693, led by David Neal SC, contested Terrorist Control Order
      • R v Adnan Karabegovic, Supreme Court terrorism trial, led by Michael O'Connell QC and then Julian McMahon SC (acquittal)
      • Holloway v Commonwealth of Australia [2016] VSC 317, dicovery/public interest immunity argument
      • Oscar Higgins (a pseudonym) v The Queen [2016] VSCA 47, led by Michael O'Connell QC, application for interlocutory appeal on admissibility of evidence 

       

      Some of Gideon's current ongoing matters include:

      • The Queen v KK and KK, Supreme Court, leading Andrew Imrie, domestic slavery trial
      • Andrew Norbury Aircraft v Textron Aviation Inc (Formerly Cessna Aircraft Company, led by Dr Ian Freckelton QC, commercial aviation matter
      • Historical institutional sex abuse cases (various), acting for Plaintiffs, including:
        • cases against De La Salle Brothers, leading Dr Eamonn Kelly
        • Turner v Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and St Kevin's College, leading Dr Eamonn Kelly
        • cases against the Salesian Society of Vic, leading Dr Eamonn Kelly or led by Lesley Whalan SC
        • Anthony Wills v Society of Jesus (Xavier College), led by Lesley Whalan SC
        • cases against the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat, led by Lesley Whalan SC
      • Victorian Legal Services Commissioner v Bloom; Chen, VCAT Disciplinary Proceeding

       

      Gideon is also a Research Professor in the La Trobe University Law School.

      Other Languages Spoken

      • French