Professor, The Honorable George Hampel AM QC was appointed Professor of Trial Practice and Advocacy of Faculty of Law at Monash University in September 2000. Previously, the Professor was a Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria for 17 years, and a barrister from 1958.
During a long and distinguished career, the Professor has held numerous positions including Vice President of the Law Council of Australia, Vice Chairman of the Victorian Bar Council, Chairman of the Leo Cussen Institute, and member of the Council of Legal Education and Council of Adult Education.
From 2001 – 2010 he was the President of the International Institute of Forensic Studies, he was the Foundation Member of the Victorian Bar Reader’s Course, Chairman of the Constitution Commission of Victoria and Chairman of the Legal Practice Board of Victoria.
He has held appointments as Adjunct Professor at the Australian National, Melbourne and Bond Universities, and the University of Western Australia. Since 1972, George has developed and continued to teach advocacy at law schools to barristers and solicitors in Australia and overseas. He has developed courses for the English Bar, the Scottish Faculty of Advocates and the Singapore Bar and trained war crime prosecutors in The Hague and Tanzania.
Since 1991, he has been Chairman of the Australian Advocacy Institute (AAI) and is now Director of the Monash Forensic Studies Program, regularly conducting short courses and workshops both locally and abroad. Professor Hampel is a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia, AM (citations for development of advocacy training and service to legal institutions) and was awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal (for chairing the Constitution Commission).