Mr Julian McMahon AC SC

Mr Julian McMahon

Julian McMahon AC SC is a Senior Counsel at the Melbourne Bar, working in Australia as a barrister in the field of criminal law.

Julian studied Latin, Ancient Greek and Law (BA Hons LL B) at Melbourne University before doing a Masters degree in Law (LL M) at Monash University while working as a solicitor.

Since 2002 he has also worked on death penalty and related cases and policy initiatives. These are outside of Australia, which no longer has the death penalty.

He has worked on such death penalty cases in numerous jurisdictions since 2002 for Australians facing execution.

In these cases, lawyers in the relevant local jurisdiction have full carriage of the case, supported by Australian lawyers.

He now also supported in some cases by final year Monash Law students enrolled in the Law Faculty’s Eleos Anti-Death Penalty Clinic.

Julian is often invited to speak in Australia and around the world, at Universities, at conferences, to Law societies, to MPs and others on the death penalty and human rights.

In addition to having served on the boards of some Australian social justice charities, he has served on the board of ADPAN (the Anti Death Penalty Asia Network, based in Malaysia) , and was until recently President of the Australian CPJP (Capital Punishment Justice Project) for 5 years.

In 2017 Julian was made a Companion of the Order of Australia. He has been awarded the Law Council of Australia's President's medal, an honorary Doctorate in Law from the Australian Catholic University, the 2016 Victorian Australian of the Year, and the Victoria Law Foundation Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award.