Michael Kirby Chambers
49 Davey Street

Nigel has appeared before all levels of the Tasmanian judicial system, weaving human rights arguments into his advocacy. He has a doctorate from the Australian National University on the topic of “blood diamonds” and the response of the international legal system to deal with it (published by ANU Press: https://press.anu.edu.au/publications/lion-didnt-roar). His undergraduate degrees in Law and Arts are from the University of Tasmania. He completed a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the Australian National University in 2001. That same year, he was admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and a Barrister of the High Court of Australia.

Nigel worked as a lawyer in the Australian public sector in the early 2000s, working on ground-breaking legislation such as the International Criminal Court Act 2002 (Cth) and the Human Rights Act 2004 (ACT). In 2007, he interned with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (in the Netherlands), and later that year started a decade of work with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (based in Tanzania). He worked with the UNICTR initially as a judge’s associate and subsequently as a Prosecution appeals counsel. His Tasmanian barrister practice, with Michael Kirby Chambers, dates back to 2016.

Nigel has a variety of extra-curricular interests including classical violin, community theatre and motorcycle riding. He is a supporter of efforts to democratise the United Nations system.

Field of Practice

  • Anti-Discrimination
  • Appellate
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Criminal
  • Environment and Planning
  • Family Law/Child Safety/Guardianship
  • Human Rights/Migration
  • International Law
  • Public/Administrative Law