This two hour session is hosted by the Domestic and Family Violence and the Law Outreach and Education Program within the Pro Bono Centre. 

The Masterclass is offered to all law students with an interest in this important topic and those with a potential interest in joining the group in the future.

There are no expectations of previous study in or knowledge of the area. 

The format is designed to be engaging and informative and will be conducted as a panel discussion. The Masterclass will discuss what domestic and family violence is, its context, how the law has developed to respond to it and future issues and challenges. 

The panellists will be:

Judge Eugene Hyman was a former judge of the Superior Court of California for the County of Santa Clara for twenty years.  He has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Santa Clara University School of Law for over thirty years, teaching domestic violence law, for the past ten years.  Judge Hyman and the probation department began the Juvenile Delinquency Domestic Violence and Family Violence Court in April 1999 which received a United Nations Public Service Award in 2008. A special interest of Judge Hyman's, within the field of domestic violence prevention, is the co-occurring issues of domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental health and when the family has cases pending before multiple divisions of the court concurrently. A full C.V. can be found at

Professor Heather Douglas is an ARC Future Fellow and Professor of Law at UQ. She has written extensively on the topic of domestic and family violence. She was the lead researcher and project co-ordinator with the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration on the development of the National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book, a project funded by the Australian Commonwealth Government.


Sir Harry Gibbs Moot Court (W247)
Level 2, Forgan Smith Building
The University of Queensland
St Lucia