Paula Morreau


Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Appellate
  • Administrative Law
  • Professional Misconduct
  • Inquests
  • Commissions of Inquiry
  • Statutory Tribunals
  • Human Rights
  • Discrimination Law
  • Native Title
Paula Morreau

Education & Admissions

  • 1999 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) / Bachelor of Arts (QUT)
  • 2002 Admitted to practice as a solicitor, Supreme Court of Queensland
  • 2002 Admitted on role of practitioners, High Court of Australia 
  • 2007 Master of Laws (Harvard Law School)
  • 2009 Admitted to practice as a barrister, Supreme Court of Queensland

Professional History

2009 – Present 


Recent Appellate Work

R v Stable (a pseudonym) [2020] QCA 270

Davis v Ryan, State Coroner [2019] QCA 282

De Silva v The Queen [2019] HCA 48 (with PJ Callaghan SC)

R v FAR [2019] HCATrans 129 (with PJ Callaghan SC)

R v O’Dempsey [2018] QCA 364 and The Queen v O’Dempsey [2019] HCATrans 128 (with J Greggery QC)

R v Chmieluk, ex parte Attorney-General [2018] QCA 271 (with A Boe)

R v Orchard [2018] QCA 058

Woodforth v State of Queensland [2017] QCA 100 (with K Eastman SC)

Other Notable Recent Appearances

Counsel for the Human Rights Commission Qld (intervening, addressing questions arising under the Human Rights Act 2019) in Australian Institute for Progress v Electoral Commission of Queensland [2020] QSC 054 and Attorney-General v Sri & Ors [2020] QSC 246

R v Kuskey (2019) (murder pre-trial, nolle prosequi, with A Boe)

For several witnesses in the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory (2017)

CDPP v Amber Heard (2016) (with J Kirk SC)


2011 – 2019

Sessional Academic

QUT (2011-2015), Bond University (2015-2018), UNE (2019)

Law and First Peoples; Administrative Law; Constitutional Law; Comparative Constitutional Law; Clinical Legal Studies’

Awarded: Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2013)


2002 – 2009   

Solicitor, Boe Lawyers


“Has the Human Rights Act 2019 made a difference?” Proctor, Spotlight on Human Rights edition, 8 December 2020.

“Policing Public Nuisance: the legacy of recent events on Palm Island” (2007) Indigenous LawBulletin, 6(28), 9.;query=morreau;mask_path=