Isabelle Skaburskis

Isabelle Skaburskis is based in our Melbourne office. Her experience in criminal law and international human rights law is an asset to the firm and her clients.

Isabelle came to Doogue + George from the Supreme Court of Victoria, Criminal Trial Division. As a Judge’s Associate, she worked on murder and terrorism matters, researched and drafted rulings on evidence and procedure, and assessed case theories of both defence and prosecution. Prior to that, Isabelle worked internationally in human rights law in Thailand, Cambodia and Palestine, for non-governmental organisations and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. She is currently Secretary of the International Commission of Jurists (Victoria).

Isabelle was admitted to practice in Victoria in 2018, after completing two law degrees and a Bachelor of Arts. She was a Bateman Scholar at the University of Cambridge where she achieved a Masters of Law (international law) (LLM(i)) and finished first in that area of specialisation, second overall. Isabelle also has a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne where she received First Class Honours, and a joint-honours degree from the University of Toronto in Political Science and Philosophy, where she graduated with distinction.

Isabelle is committed to defending individuals in cases with an international dimension, including terrorism, human trafficking and other forms of transnational crime. She fights for the rights of individual on a case-by-case basis, and also advocates against systemic injustices. Isabelle is particularly interested in the rights of persons in detention, and in how administrative and constitutional law can be used to protect fundamental human rights.

Isabelle has lived and worked around the world, including Asia and the Middle East, and is sensitive to how personal experiences, cultural backgrounds and belief systems influence people’s decisions and values. As a lawyer, Isabelle seeks to understand the unique circumstances of her client, offer the best personalised advice, and ensure that her client’s voice is heard and understood in court.