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 civil and criminal law practice. He has an extensive personal injury practice, with particular expertise in historical sex abuse cases against various religious institutions and State bodies (appearing in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court). He appears in criminal law trials and appeals, including in violent crime, drug, fraud, terrorism, slavery and human traffickng matters. He appears in inquiries and coronial matters, as well as profeissional negligence and discplinary matters. He also practices in industrial and other civil and commercial areas. He is an expert in evidence law, in which he teaches and is widely published (see, e.g., Bellew, Arthur, Boas and Chifflet, Australian Uniform Evidence Law: Principles and Context, LexisNexis 2022, 2nd ed). Gideon has considerable experience in complex litigation, both in Australia and internationally.  

Gideon has worked as a Senior Legal Officer at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), where he led the Trial 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.

Gideon is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at La Trobe University.

Some of his select recent and ongoing cases include:

    • Bird v DP (a Pseudonym), High court Appeal to be heard on 14 March 2024 (having succeeded in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal).
    • Danny Zayneh v The King, High Court Special Leave Application lodged January 2024.  
    • Trustees of the Christian Bros v DZY (a Pseudonym), Court of Appeal Hearing 22 November 2023 (awaiting judgment). 
    • Pending Supreme Court trials for plaintiff victims of child sexual abuse v Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, Society of Jesus (Jesuits), Marist Brothers, Christian Brothers, Salesian Society, Dioceses of Ballarat, Parammatta and others, various Orders of nuns, various Anglican Dioceses, States of Victoria, NSW and Tasmania. various private and public schools in Victoria and elsewhere, individual perpetrators, etc. 
    • Pending County Court criminal trials in drug importation and trafficking, human trafficking, violence offences, etc. 
    • Ovadia v The King [2023] VSCA 211.
    • Inquest into the Death of Shane Tuck, Counsel Assisting the Coroner, Judge Cain, Findings 11 December 2023.
    • Inquest into the Death of XY, Counsel Assisting Coroner McGregor, Findings due 2024.
    • Inquest into the Death of George Diamond, Counsel Assisting the Coroner, Judge Cain, Inquest pending.
    • DPP v Tung Pham [2022] VCC, Ruling excluding Record of Interview pursuant to s 90 Evidence Act; Ruling refusing certification of interlocutory decision sought by Crown.  
    • Victorian Legal Services Commissioner v Bloom and Chiu (Legal Practice) [2021] VCAT 1088.
    • Australian Building and Construction Commissioner v Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (The Monash Freeway Widening Case) (No 2) [2021] FCA 1101.
    • Ibrahim Abbas v The Queen [2020] VSCA 80.
    • Le v The Queen  [2019] VSCA 80.

    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 civil and criminal law practice. He has an extensive personal injury practice, with particular expertise in historical sex abuse cases against various religious institutions and State bodies (appearing in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court). He appears in criminal law trials and appeals, including in violent crime, drug, fraud, terrorism, slavery and human traffickng matters. He appears in inquiries and coronial matters, as well as profeissional negligence and discplinary matters. He also practices in industrial and other civil and commercial areas. He is an expert in evidence law, in which he teaches and is widely published (see, e.g., Bellew, Arthur, Boas and Chifflet, Australian Uniform Evidence Law: Principles and Context, LexisNexis 2022, 2nd ed). Gideon has considerable experience in complex litigation, both in Australia and internationally.  

    Gideon has worked as a Senior Legal Officer at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), where he led the Trial 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.

    Gideon is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at La Trobe University.

    Some of his select recent and ongoing cases include:

      • Bird v DP (a Pseudonym), High court Appeal to be heard on 14 March 2024 (having succeeded in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal).
      • Danny Zayneh v The King, High Court Special Leave Application lodged January 2024.  
      • Trustees of the Christian Bros v DZY (a Pseudonym), Court of Appeal Hearing 22 November 2023 (awaiting judgment). 
      • Pending Supreme Court trials for plaintiff victims of child sexual abuse v Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, Society of Jesus (Jesuits), Marist Brothers, Christian Brothers, Salesian Society, Dioceses of Ballarat, Parammatta and others, various Orders of nuns, various Anglican Dioceses, States of Victoria, NSW and Tasmania. various private and public schools in Victoria and elsewhere, individual perpetrators, etc. 
      • Pending County Court criminal trials in drug importation and trafficking, human trafficking, violence offences, etc. 
      • Ovadia v The King [2023] VSCA 211.
      • Inquest into the Death of Shane Tuck, Counsel Assisting the Coroner, Judge Cain, Findings 11 December 2023.
      • Inquest into the Death of XY, Counsel Assisting Coroner McGregor, Findings due 2024.
      • Inquest into the Death of George Diamond, Counsel Assisting the Coroner, Judge Cain, Inquest pending.
      • DPP v Tung Pham [2022] VCC, Ruling excluding Record of Interview pursuant to s 90 Evidence Act; Ruling refusing certification of interlocutory decision sought by Crown.  
      • Victorian Legal Services Commissioner v Bloom and Chiu (Legal Practice) [2021] VCAT 1088.
      • Australian Building and Construction Commissioner v Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (The Monash Freeway Widening Case) (No 2) [2021] FCA 1101.
      • Ibrahim Abbas v The Queen [2020] VSCA 80.
      • Le v The Queen  [2019] VSCA 80.

      Other Languages Spoken

      • French