Josh Pallas

BA (Hons I) LLB (Hons I) (W’gong) GDip Leg Practice (ANU)


Qualifications & Background

  • Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours, University of Wollongong
  • Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours, University of Wollongong
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Australian National University

Expertise & Experience
Josh Graduated with First Class Honours in both Arts (Majors in Politics and Philosophy) and Law from the University of Wollongong in 2016. Throughout his undergraduate studies, Josh studied at London School of Economics and Political Science, and was a summer research scholar at the University of Sydney. Josh won the Legal Intersections Centre Prize for first place in Gender, Sexuality and Law, and was placed on the Dean’s Merit List.

Josh worked for a few years as a Law Clerk, and briefly as a Graduate, at McAneny Lawyers in Wollongong. He assisted with criminal, family and estate litigation.

He was also an intern with the NSW Council for Civil Liberties working on death penalty and counter terrorism law advocacy. Josh completed his practical legal training at Inner City Legal Centre, again, mostly focussing on criminal and family law, but also assisting with anti-discrimination claims.

For most of 2017, Josh was the Tipstaff to Justice Megan Latham at the Supreme Court of New South Wales, and worked on some of the highest profile murder cases in the State.

Outside of legal practice he has previously worked as a Researcher and Tutor in law and international relations at Universities and as a Program Coordinator running events for university and high school students.

Josh is currently completing a Masters of Laws by Research at the University of New South Wales. Josh still writes extensively and presents at conferences. He remains an active volunteer with Inner City Legal Centre and currently sits on the Committee of the NSW Civil Liberties Council.

Key publications and conference papers:

  • Pallas, J. ‘An issue of intent: Zaburoni v R’, 25(5) Australian Health Law Bulletin 90.
  • Pallas, J. ‘Hopeless Case or Cause for Hope: Lubanga, Katanga and Gender Justice in the ICC’ (2016), 1(1) Seoul National University Journal of International Affairs 37.
  • Pallas, J. ‘Who’s Afraid of International Criminal Law and Emotions?’, (Paper will be presented at the First International Conference on Contemporary and Historical Approaches to Emotion, University of Wollongong, 7th December 2016).
  • Pallas, J. ‘ICC Approves Georgia Investigation’, Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law Online 21st March 2016,
  • Pallas, J. ‘LGBTIQ Asylum Seekers in Australia – An analysis of Recent Case Law’, (Paper will be presented at a Curtin LGBTIQ Collaborative Research Network Seminar, Curtin University, 15th September 2016).