REBECCA AOUKAR

Bar Roll – 21 Oct 2021
Admitted –13 Jun 2006

Email – rebecca.aoukar@vicbar.com.au

REBECCA AOUKAR

Bar Roll – 21 Oct 2021
Admitted –13 Jun 2006

Email – rebecca.aoukar@vicbar.com.au

Area of Law

  • Family Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Public Law & Administrative Law
  • Immigration Law

About

Rebecca accepts briefs in Crime, Family Law, Administrative and Migration Law as well as Children’s Court matters.  Rebecca welcomes appearance as well as written briefs in each of these Court jurisdictions.  Rebecca accepts briefs in metro Melbourne as well as regional Victorian Courts and is a very experienced advocate who has been appearing in Court and leading the conduct of matters for many years.

Prior to coming to the Bar Rebecca worked with the Child Protection Litigation Office (CPLO) for 7 years and then with Seoud Solicitors for 3 years. At Seoud Solicitors she worked as a Solicitor Advocate representing the DFFH mainly in regional courts. Rebecca was regularly in court for mentions, emergency care applications, conciliation conferences and directions hearings. She also prepared briefs for interim and final contest and provided regular duty legal advice to DHHS practitioners in-house.

Prior to working at the CPLO, Rebecca focused on crime and practised as a Legal Officer in the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions Office in Adelaide. She was regularly in court in mentions, sentencing submissions and directions hearings in regional and metropolitan courts. She gained experience in the preparation of prosecutions in the areas of Centrelink offences, fraud, drug offences and taxation offences.

Earlier in her career Rebecca also worked as a Judge’s Associate to Judge Smith at the District Court of South Australia.  She also spent time overseas where she interned with the United Nations Resident Co-ordinator’s Office in Beirut, Lebanon in 2009 and was able to complete her thesis for her Master of Laws (International Law and International Relations) from Flinders University on the rights of female domestic workers in Lebanon.

Outside of the law, Rebecca co-founded a charity, Hope for Nauru, in 2017 (providing essentials to refugees being held in Australia’s offshore detention centres) and was Chairperson until 2020. She is now an active board member running the Advocacy Program.  Over the last two decades, Rebecca has volunteered in various organisations advocating for refugees, including Amnesty International (Adelaide), Amnesty International Australia (Head Office, Sydney) and ASRC, where she has undertaken casework tasks, advocacy and provided advice to refugees.

Rebecca is reading with Rob Barry and her senior mentor is Georgina Costello QC.

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