Dr Gwynn MacCarrick

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Dr Gwynn MacCarrick


Teaching areas

  • Foundations of Australian Law
  • Criminal Law and Procedure

Research areas

  • Clinical legal education (best practice)
  • International criminal law
  • Criminal law
  • Human rights law
  • Refugee law
  • International humanitarian law


Dr Gwynn MacCarrick graduated with an Arts(Hons)/Law degree in 1995. After completing the requisite Legal Practice Course and indentured service as Judges Associate with the Supreme Court of Tasmania, Gwynn was admitted to practice.

Gwynn worked with the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague as a legal officer in 1997. She has worked as Duty Solicitor with the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania and as criminal lawyer with Kamilaroi Aboriginal Legal Service. Gwynn worked with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service on a historical land claim and was also employed as a disability discrimination lawyer filing complaints before the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.

She later worked as a Refugee Lawyer with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Bosnia and subsequently took up a second UN contract in East Timor. In 2002/2003 Gwynn was assigned Defence Counsel for a Militia Commander charged with 23 counts of Crimes Against Humanity before the United Nations Special Panel for Serious Crimes in Dili, East Timor. This was a year-long trial which became the focus of her Doctoral thesis (Towards a New Trial Theory; Procedural and Evidentiary Fairness in the Context of Unsettled Practice in International Criminal Proceedings). Whilst writing her treatise Gwynn engaged in short teaching commitments as visiting lecturer with the International Institute of Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA), Fordham University (in New York and Nairobi).

Gwynn returned to practice and most recently practised as a principal in the law firm Marmarinos and MacCarrick Lawyers based in Cairns, FNQ.

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Queensland Law Society
  • Admitted to practice in Queensland, Tasmania and New South Wales


  • Graduate Foundation Award 2001 (Distinguished Alumni), University of Tasmania
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