Principal Legal Officer
Sarah joined the ALRC in January 2020. As a Principal Legal Officer, Sarah supports the President and Commissioners by leading the legal team for specific law reform inquiries.
Sarah is currently leading the legal team for the Religious Educational Institutions and Anti-Discrimination Laws Inquiry. She previously led the Judicial Impartiality Inquiry and has also worked on the following Inquiries:
Prior to joining the ALRC Sarah had a diverse legal career working as an international arbitration lawyer in private practice, as a legal advisor for international NGOs focused on prevention of torture and access to justice, representing clients before United Nations treaty bodies and regional human rights courts, and as an independent consultant advising civil society and governments on documentation of human rights violations and reparation for international crimes. She also served as a judicial associate/researcher in the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the Court of Appeal of England and Wales.
Sarah has worked in China, Timor-Leste and the United Kingdom and is qualified to practise in Australia and England and Wales. She is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland, and holds a Master of Laws with Merit from University College London, and Bachelor degrees in Law (with Honours) and Arts from the University of Queensland.
Watch the Attorney-General deliver the Australian Government’s response to the ALRC’s final report and recommendations in the Judicial Impartiality Inquiry, followed by reflections on different aspects of the report by three members of the Inquiry’s Advisory Committee.Read more
Australian Public Law Blog Article by Dr William Isdale and Sarah FultonRead more
In its just-released report, Without Fear of Favour: Judicial Impartiality and the Law on Bias, the Australian Law Reform Commission has outlined 14 recommendations which, if adopted, will buttress impartial decision-making and help maintain the legitimacy of the federal judiciary in a changing world. This article outlines the context for the Inquiry, consultation views and empirical data considered by the ALRC, and summarises a number of the report’s key recommendations.Read more
How to simplify the Corporations Act and financial services laws was the focus of the ALRC’s presentation to the Law Council of Australia’s 2022 Corporations Law. The workshop was held in Katoomba, NSW on the 3-5 June 2022.Read more
On 24 September 2020, ALRC Principal Legal Officer Micheil Paton and Senior Legal Officer Sarah Fulton answered questions from students in a class on Law Reform, at the request of Professor Simon Rice OAM, the Kim Santow Chair of Law and Social Justice at the University of Sydney Law School. The students had read a …Read more
Latest report from the Australian Law Reform Commission sets out the ways in which directors and senior executives can – and should – be held responsible when companies break the law.
In Chapter 9 of its Final Report on Corporate Criminal Responsibility, the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) takes a deep dive into how directors and executives of Australian companies may be held personally liable for corporate misconduct.
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.