Mr Panayi is an appellate specialist, who predominately acts for government in appeals pertaining to judicial review, administrative law, statutory interpretation, constitutional law, human rights and criminal law. He is lead Counsel in Victorian Government appeals in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, and preferred Counsel to the Department of Justice and Community Safety.
Mr Panayi’s trial work includes government, administrative, commercial, criminal, and family law litigation; principally in the Supreme, Federal and Family Courts, VCAT and often before juries. He has extensive experience before Military Courts, Military Inquiries and Royal Commissions.
Mr Panayi has also appeared before International Courts, including on behalf of the Commonwealth of Australia, together with the Solicitor-General and Chief General-Counsel of Australia, before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg, in Russian Federation v Australia (Re Volga) 11 ITLOS 2002.
Mr Panayi was first called to the Bar in 1995 and practiced as a Barrister from 1995 to 1998. He then served as an Australian Diplomat from 1998 to 2004 including overseas and domestically as Director International Law, Director Maritime Law, Executive Director Treaties Secretariat, Acting Assistant Secretary and Senior Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Mr Panayi is a member of the International Commission of Jurists and holds a Commission as Lieutenant Commander, Royal Australian Navy.
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