Kathleen Payne


Kathleen Payne

1999 Law Scholar

Scholarship biography (at time of award)

Kathleen Payne graduated from the University of Queensland equal fourth in a class of 201 with a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Arts and earned a University Medal. After graduation, Kathleen worked as Judge's Associate to the Hon Justice Thomas.

Kathleen was awarded the Scholarship to complete an MPhil at Jesus College, University of Cambridge.

Studied at: Cambridge University

Current Biography

Kathleen is a defence barrister specialising in criminal law, domestic and family violence, and institutional child sexual and other abuse. She has wide-ranging experience as a crown prosecutor in the UK and Australia. Kathleen has had extensive involvement in issues relating to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, focusing on working with religious institutions. Recently, Kathleen has been a member of the Central and Northern Queensland, and Southern Queensland Regional Parole Boards. Kathleen gained a Master of Philosophy (Criminology) at Cambridge University, UK. The focus of her thesis was mandatory sentencing.

Scholarship Year: 1999

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