The Team

Sir William Deane AC KBE QC.
Sir William served as a Justice of the Federal Court of Australia from 1977 until his appointment to the High Court of Australia where he served from 1982-1995. He was appointed Australia’s 22 nd Governor General in 1996, and held that office until 2001.

Throughout his career he has always been seen as a champion of human rights.

Victor Kline
Founder and Director
Victor is a Sydney Barrister specialising in the area of Refugee and Asylum Seeker Law. He is Editor of the authorised Federal Court Reports as well as the companion Federal Law Reports.

Michelle Yu
Deputy Director
Michelle is a Sydney-based barrister who specialises in migration, refugee and citizenship law. Before coming to the Bar, Michelle was a legal adviser to members and staff of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (Migration and Refugee Division). Michelle has also previously worked for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and community legal centres specialising in migration and refugee law.

Associate Professor Catherine Renshaw
Catherine is Deputy Head of the Thomas More Law School at the Australian Catholic University. Her research focuses on international law, international human rights law, particularly in Southeast Asia, and regional systems for the promotion and protection of human rights. She is widely published in the area of human rights law and policy.

Professor Laurence Boulle
Laurence is an adjunct Professor at the Australian Catholic University, having held academic positions at four Australian Universities and having taught at universities in New Zealand, the Pacific, Europe and Africa. He has practised for 20 years as a mediator and as consultant to governments on conflict management and dispute systems design. He was chair of the National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council for two terms and currently serves as Chair of the Mediator Standards Board.

He has also served on the National Native Title Tribunal as a part-time member.

Dominic Cudmore
Dominic is the pro bono coordinator at the Australian Catholic University for both its Sydney and Melbourne campuses. He is a lawyer with extensive experience in government and private sectors. Dominic works in advising the NFP/charitable sectors in all aspects of their operations.

Frances Coyne –
Student Mentor
Frances is a final year Bachelor of Law / Global Studies student at the Australian Catholic University. She is a motivated and independent individual with a passion for helping others. Her interests include, along with immigration law, arts, marketing and communications.

Matthew Di Biase – | 0478 011 867
Student Mentor 

Matt is a final year law student at Australian Catholic University. He is dedicated to the belief that everyone has a duty to help those in need. This is why being a part of the Refugee Law Program has been for invaluable him, as he has been able to live out his ambition to help people in much less fortunate circumstances than himself. He believes this has countless positive impacts upon those he helps and upon himself. Aside from immigration law, Matt’s interests include Indigenous Australian rights and culture, history, and photography.

Priya Pagaddinnimath –
Student Mentor

Priya is a final year Bachelor of Law / Global Studies student at the Australian Catholic University. Being a part of the Refugee Law Program has provided her with a greater passion for helping others in need and has been an eye opener to the injustices within the legal system. She is dedicated in assisting people who don’t have access to legal services. Her interests include immigration and human rights law, netball, shopping and watching documentaries.

Rory O’Sullivan
Student Coordinator

Rory is a final year Bachelor of Law student at the Australian Catholic University. Being involved with the Refugee Law Project has been a vital experience for him, enabling him to communicate and help people that would otherwise be unrepresented in a foreign court system. His interests include migration and criminal law, board games and tennis.

Danielle Lamborn
Coordinator of Interpreters and Translators

Danielle is a fourth year Bachelor of Law/Arts student at the Australian Catholic University majoring in Political Science. Her legal interest areas include environmental law, administrative law and property law. Danielle firmly advocates for access to justice in all areas of law with this being the driving force behind her involvement in the Refugee Law Project. In her spare time Danielle enjoys bushwalking, travel and playing her Nintendo.

James Perry –
Student Administrator

James is a fourth year Bachelor of Law/ Commerce student majoring in Human Resource Management at the Australian Catholic University. His legal interest includes commercial law and dispute resolution. James holds a strong belief that every person should have a voice and for that voice to be heard. Being part of the Refugee Law Project provides him with an invaluable experience in achieving this vision, with this being a driving force to his involvement in the Refugee Law Project. In his spare time, James enjoys cricket and swimming.

Jessica Kryo –
Student Administrator

Jessica is a final year Bachelor of Law/Commerce student at the Australian Catholic University. She is motivated towards achieving the common good and is passionate about helping individuals who may not have access to the legal system. Jessica’s interests include human rights law, travel and photography.