Professor Felicity Gerry QC is a high-profile legal expert that broadcasters go to for media commentary and presentation of international legal issues, particularly relating to her research on Women & Law and Technology & Law and Reforming Justice Systems, her extensive court experience in significant legal challenges such as terrorism, homicide trials and sexual offending and her successful submissions to Governments leading to changes in the law on Modern Slavery, FGM and Reproductive Rights.
Felicity is an international QC at Carmelite Chambers, London and Crockett Chambers, Melbourne, largely defending in serious and complex trials and appeals, often with an international element. She is admitted in England & Wales and Australia and has had ad hoc admission in Hong Kong and Gibraltar. She was Legal Personality of the Year 2016 and has been recognised in the Legal 500 as a leading silk and as “Fearless and independent minded”. She led the appeal in R v Jogee in the UK Supreme Court which was described by the BBC as a ‘moment of genuine legal history’ , she is one of the few women silks to defend in a terrorism trial and recently led a team of academics and practitioners who were given leave to file an Amicus Curiae Brief in the ICTY Radovan Karadžić Appeal.
Felicity is Professor of Legal Practice at Deakin University where she lectures in Criminal Law and Modern Slavery and is involved in the clinical programs. She is also an Adjunct Fellow at the University of Western Sydney and Charles Darwin University where she has lectured on International Criminal Law, Transnational Law, Terrorism, Cybercrime, Criminal Law, Evidence Law, Science & Law and Feminist Legal Theory. Her current PhD candidature involves researching Using Technology to Combat Human Trafficking.
Felicity has appeared in the BAFTA nominated FGM documentary The Cruel Cut and ABC Foreign Correspondent’s documentary Saving Mary Jane and BBC 3 Series ‘Sex on the Edge’ , Channel 5 April Jones Murder documentary, Channel 5 Sarah Payne Documentary and on all major news channels including ABC, BBC, Sky News, Russia Today and Al Jazeera.
Felicity has led or contributed to a number of research projects and Government submissions. She currently leads an ICJV project on defences for human trafficking victims who commit crime. Her ongoing (but small) pro bono Indigenous Justice and Exoneration Project has had significant impact assisting Indigenous prisoners serving over 10 years, one of whom was featured in the Zak Grieve Documentary and was the subject of a successful petition for mercy. Her co-authored reports for Lexis Nexis on Women in Prison were described as ‘the most important since Corston’.
Felicity is Co-Author of The Sexual Offences Handbook , published by Wildy, Simmonds and Hill (third edition forthcoming) and a contributing author to the Research Handbook on Feminist Engagement with International Law (2019), Access to Justice for Vulnerable People. Published by Wildy, Simmonds & Hill (2018), Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery (Law and Practice), Bloomsbury (2018), Human Trafficking: Emerging Legal Issues and Applications Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company (2017) and European Integration and Democracy Series, devoted to transatlantic data privacy relations as a challenge for democracy, Intersentia (2017). She has published articles on a range of topics in her research areas: Her paper on Human Trafficking, Drug Trafficking and the Death Penalty was chosen as the Editor’s Choice for Indonesian Law Review at the 2nd Law Scholars Writing Colloquium in Jakarta at Universitas Indonesia.
Felicity has provided training / CPD and presented at conferences on a range of legal issues ranging from War Crimes, Terrorism, Sexual Offending and Combatting FGM as well as the use of technology in legal practice. She provided training to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Modern Slavery Project and the Bangladesh Judiciary Management Project and has developed a teaching module for UNODC on the linkages between human trafficking, smuggling of migrants and cybercrime. She is on the Management Committee of The Advocate’s Gateway which produces toolkits for advocacy with vulnerable people. Her chapter on vulnerable witnesses and parties in civil proceedings in Addressing Vulnerability in Justice Systems (published 2016) was described as “such a broadly comprehensive chapter on the subject of vulnerability within the legal system that it could stand as a practitioners’ potted guide in itself”.
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