In the spotlight: the challenges for Counsel Assisting Royal Commissions involving high stakes policy and political issues.

Royal Commissions are a unique feature of Australian public life. In that context, the role of Counsel Assisting a Commission can be one of singular responsibility, pressure, and opportunity.

When politically charged or policy focussed, the work of assisting a Royal Commission or public inquiry requires a range of interdisciplinary skills and insights, beyond those within a traditional legal arsenal.

About the speaker

Dominique Hogan-Doran SC is a Senior Counsel of the Australian Bar. She was Senior Counsel Assisting the Commonwealth in the Royal Commission into the Robodebt Scheme (2022-2023), Senior Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements (2020) and Counsel Assisting the Special Commission of Inquiry into the James Hardie Group (2004). She has appeared as Counsel in a diverse range of public inquiries including into corruption, disability, aged care services, financial services misconduct, charitable fundraising, water regulation, greyhound racing, and the collapse of HIH Insurance Ltd. Dominique was previously an Associate Professor of Law contributing to the Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation at the University of New South Wales.

This seminar presentation will be online-only.

Image credit: Image of three Australian Government Royal Commission Report covers, © Commonwealth of Australia 2024, used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence



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