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Professor Murray Gerkens

LLB (UniMelb), GradCertAustImmLaw (VicMelb), CertIVTraining&Assessment (VicMelb)

Lecturer & Adjunct Professor, College of Law & Justice

Murray is a practising lawyer and currently teaches the Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice at Victoria University.

He was formerly:

  • Senior Magistrate
  • Chair of Police Discipline Board (Victoria)
  • Principal Member (Ag) and Member Administrator of the Refugee Review Tribunal
  • Panel Chair, Financial Ombudsman Service
  • Member, Social Security Appeals Tribunal
  • Chair, Metropolitan Fire Brigades Appeal Tribunal
  • Chair, Country Fire Authority Appeal Tribunal
  • Chair, Disciplinary Appeals Board, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Selected publications

Fernandez, R., Gerkens, M., Yau, D., Ozyurek, S., 2017, Australian Migration Legislation Collection, LexisNexis Butterworths, January

Gerkens, M., Fernandez, R., Yau, D., Ozyurek, S., Kenny, J., 2017, Australian Immigration Companion, LexisNexis Butterworths, 6th edition

Gerkens & Cleeve, Food Legislation – Victoria, The Law Book Company Ltd, 1990-97.

Gerkens, Adams & Street, The Health Act – Victoria, The Law Book Company Ltd, 1983

Storey QC, Harper QC, Zichy-Woinarski QC & Gerkens, Paul’s Summary and Traffic Offences, The Law Book Company Ltd, 1982

Teaching responsibilities

From Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice:

From Masters of Law (Applied Migration Law):

Professional memberships

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Life Member & Founding Member, Windana Society (Alcohol & Drug Rehabilitation).
  • Former Director/Secretary, Victorian Association for the Care & Resettlement of Offenders (VACRO)

Industry experience

Many years experience in the practice of the law; both as Magistrate and Counsel including successfully arguing among other cases:

  • Minister for Immigration & Multicultural Affairs v Singh [2002] 209 CLR 533 [High Court of Australia]
  • Paramananthan v MIMA; MIMA v Sivarasa [1998] 160 ALR 24 [Full Federal Court]
  • Sook Rye Son v MIMA [1999] 161 ALR 612 [Full Federal Court].

Areas of expertise

  • Corporate and commercial law
  • Criminal law
  • Immigration law
  • Refugee law

Contact details

+61 3 8660 4700