Year of Admission to NSW Bar: 2021
Dr Katherine Fallah was called to the Bar in 2021 and accepts briefs in all areas of the law. She maintains a mixed practice with a focus on human rights, inquests and inquiries, public law and appellate criminal law.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Katherine was a law lecturer at Sydney Law School and UTS Law, where she taught principally in international law and criminal law. She holds a PhD in international law from the University of Sydney and has held visiting fellowships and doctoral research positions at Harvard Law School, the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, Melbourne Law School, the Paris Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, and the European University Institute, Florence. Katherine continues to lecture in international law at the Australian National University.
Before taking up her academic appointments, Katherine served as a Prosecution Officer at the NSW Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Research Associate to the Judges of the Federal Court of Australia, and paralegal and law clerk at major commercial law firms in Sydney. She worked as Senior Researcher on an Australian Research Council project on the ‘particular social group’ ground in the Refugees Convention and has contributed to a variety of public interest projects, including in the area of transgender rights and as a volunteer with the death row defence team at the Louisiana Crisis Assistance Centre in New Orleans. For over a decade, she served on the International Humanitarian Law Advisory Committee of the Australian Red Cross.
Katherine is the recipient of several international prizes, including the Prix Jean-Pictet for International Humanitarian Law and the Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights. In 2019 she was named a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow with the ARC Laureate Program in International Law at Melbourne Law School.
Since coming to the Bar, Katherine’s human rights work includes:
• representing the family of ‘Baby Charlie’ Mullaley in a racial discrimination claim against WA Police and the State of Western Australia (Federal Court of Australia, unled, briefed by the National Justice Project).
• representing two individuals who were formerly detained at Banksia Hill Juvenile Detention Centre in their racial and disability discrimination claims against the State of Western Australia (Federal Court of Australia, led by Geoffrey Watson SC and Diana Tang, briefed by the National Justice Project).
• representing individuals in discrimination suits against NSW Police, universities and corporations (NCAT, unled).
Katherine is firmly committed to strengthening access to justice and maintains a dedicated human rights and migration pro bono practice, including service through the NSW Bar Association Legal Assistance Referral Scheme, the Refugee Advocacy and Casework Service’s Afghanistan Humanitarian Crisis Panel, and the Duty Barrister Scheme.