Jacob's practice focuses on human rights, discrimination and equal opportunity, administrative law, litigation and dispute resolution, statutory interpretation and public sector governance and integrity.
Jacob advises government bodies on administrative law matters, and acts on behalf of government bodies in litigation, including proceedings in both appellate courts, such as the High Court and Court of Appeal, and original jurisdictions, such as the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Jacob has developed particular experience in the areas of regulatory compliance, disciplinary proceedings, residential tenancies, mental health legislation, supervision order schemes and police regulation.
Jacob also has special expertise in matters of human rights under the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006, which includes advising government departments and public authorities on their obligations under the Charter Act, drafting Statements of Compatibility and Human Rights Certificates for bills and regulations, and acting for public authorities in litigation involving the Charter Act.
Jacob joined VGSO as a Human Rights intern in 2009 and undertook his traineeship in 2010. He has been involved in many significant Victorian Charter of Human Rights cases, which have shaped the way the Charter Act operates as well as developed the scope and interpretation of human rights law in Victoria. He has advised public authorities on their Charter Act obligations, including Victoria Police and Corrections Victoria. He has also been heavily involved in human rights assessments of legislation, drafting Statements of Compatibility and advices for significant bills of a number of Departments, including Department of Justice, the Attorney-General, Department of Transport and Department of Consumer Affairs.
Since being admitted in 2011, Jacob has broadened his practice to involving a wide range of administrative law and regulatory matters, and often works on matters where human rights issues intersect with a range of other criminal and civil legal issues.
Prior to joining VGSO, he studied International law in Geneva and completed an exchange at the University of British Columbia. Jacob also undertook internships at community legal services and human rights organisations in Melbourne and Ghana. He completed seasonal clerkships at three top-tier commercial law firms.
Memberships and professional associations
- Law Institute of Victoria