ALRC Contributor

Matt Corrigan

General Counsel

Matt joined the ALRC in July 2016 as a Principal Legal Officer. He was promoted to General Counsel in October 2018. In this role, Matt supports the President and Commissioners by managing the ALRC’s corporate governance functions and leading a team of lawyers and researchers.

At the ALRC, Matt has worked on the following Inquiries:

Prior to joining the ALRC, Matt had a diverse legal career working for the Australian Government, private law firms, the Parliament of Australia, the United Nations, international NGOs, and as an independent consultant. Matt has worked in Bangladesh, Myanmar and South Sudan. Matt holds a Master of Laws with Merit from ANU and Bachelor degrees with Honours in both Law and Arts.


Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence: In Conversation with the Australian Law Reform Commission

On Wednesday 18 November Matt Corrigan (ALRC General Counsel) and Tess Van Geelen (ALRC Legal Officer) presented to the UN Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA) on mandatory human rights due diligence in the Australian legal landscape.

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The Global Anticorruption Blog: Guest Post

Australia Considers New Approaches to Corporate Criminal Liability
Today’s guest post is from Matt Corrigan and Samuel Walpole, respectively General Counsel and Legal Officer at the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC).

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Corporate Criminal Responsibility Podcast Series

In this podcast series you will hear from several members of the Australian Law Reform Commission team discussing key issues raised in the Corporate Criminal Responsibility Final Report.
Each of the short interviews will unpack the current landscape and the final recommendations made by the ALRC.

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Finding a path towards justice

The Government is currently considering justice targets as part of a refresh of closing the gap.
Given the renewed focus on addressing the over-incarceration Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, it is timely to consider the nature of the problems in detail and the solutions the ALRC identified.

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Corporate Crime Seminar Series Summary

The ALRC welcomed over 290 attendees to the Seminar Series held in February this year.

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Deodands and Frankpledges!

While there are clear commercial and economic benefits as a result of the creation of the corporation, the construction of a legal artifice of ‘the legal person’ raises fundamental questions about the applicability of the criminal law to that artifice. A corporation cannot be sent to jail. It has no soul that may be damned.

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Where next for law reform? Seminars

In May and June 2019, the ALRC held four seminars on the future of law reform in conjunction with the Law Schools at UNSW, ANU and Melbourne University.

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Perspectives on Elder Abuse

On Elder Abuse Awareness Day 15 June 2018, Senior Right Service NSW published a video discussion between the ALRC Presdent, Justice Sarah Derrington, Principal Legal Officer, Matt Corrigan and Ellen Fanning. In the video the way in which law reform can support efforts to address elder abuse is discussed. 

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The Perfect Storm: the evolution of Australia’s elder abuse crisis Panel Discussion

On 7 September 2017, Matt Corrigan joined the panel discussion with The Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO (Age Discrimination Commissioner) and Melanie Joosten at the Community Legal Centres Queensland Justice in Focus Series.

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