Gabrielle Wolf

Staff member

Gabrielle Wolf is an Associate Professor in Deakin Law School (DLS). Gabrielle obtained degrees in Arts (with Honours), Law, and a PhD in History from the University of Melbourne, and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Learning and Teaching from Deakin University. Before joining DLS in 2014, Gabrielle worked as a judge’s research associate and as a lawyer in private practice and in-house. Gabrielle practised in various areas of the law, including the regulation of health practitioners, at Minter Ellison Lawyers, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria, Russell Kennedy Lawyers, and Macpherson & Kelley Lawyers. She also published on topics in law, history and theatre studies. Since commencing at DLS, Gabrielle has published on aspects of the current and past regulation of health practitioners, health records and confidentiality, and Australian and American sentencing law. From 2018 to 2019, Gabrielle was the Course Director of the Juris Doctor. In 2016, Gabrielle was a researcher for the Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre, which investigated legal and policy issues concerning the use of big data for national security purposes. Gabrielle is currently a Legal Issues Editor of the Journal of Law and Medicine.

  • Research

    Most recently, Gabrielle has written on aspects of sentencing law in Australia and the United States of America, and current and past regulation of health practitioners in Australia. She is currently writing on legal and regulatory responses to COVID-19.

  • Publications


    • 2008. Gabrielle Wolf, Make It Australian: The APG, The Pram Factory and New Wave Theatre, Currency Press.

    Journal articles

    • forthcoming 2021. Mirko Bagaric, Gabrielle Wolf, Daniel McCord, Brienna Bagaric, and Nick Fischer, ‘American Exceptionalism at its Finest: Soft on Crime Now a Vote Winner in the World’s Largest Incarcerator’, 25(1) Lewis and Clark Law Review.
    • forthcoming 2020. Gabrielle Wolf, Mirko Bagaric, and Jane Kotzmann, ‘Towards a Coherent Sentencing Jurisprudence for Animal Cruelty Offences’, Australian Law Journal.
    • forthcoming 2020. Mirko Bagaric and Gabrielle Wolf, ‘An Argument for Recognising Childhood Sexual Abuse and Physical Abuse as a Mitigating Factor in Sentencing’, 49(1) Australian Bar Review.
    • forthcoming 2020. Gabrielle Wolf, ‘In the Interim: Assessing and Managing Risk When Doctors are Accused of Sexual Misconduct’, 49 Australian Bar Review.
    • forthcoming 2020. Mirko Bagaric, Gabrielle Wolf, and Daniel McCord, ‘Nothing Seemingly Works in Sentencing: Not Mandatory Penalties; Not Discretionary Penalties – But Science Has the Answer’, 53 Indiana Law Review.
    • forthcoming 2020. Gabrielle Wolf, ‘The Law and Politics of Registering Doctors: Lessons From New South Wales, 1937-42’, 43(4) University of New South Wales Law Journal.
    • 2019. Gabrielle Wolf, ‘Not Black and White: Disciplinary Regulation of Doctors Convicted of Child Pornography Offences in Australia’, 45(2) Monash University Law Review.
    • 2019. Mirko Bagaric, Gabrielle Wolf, and Daniel McCord, ‘Sentencing Developments in the United States in 2019: Shifting From the “Tough on Crime” Mantra to (Seriously) Contemplating the Abolition of Prisons’, 44(1) Criminal Law Journal.
    • 2019. Mirko Bagaric, Jane Kotzmann, and Gabrielle Wolf, ‘A Rational Approach to Sentencing Offenders for Animal Cruelty: A Normative and Scientific Analysis Underpinning Proportionate Penalties for Animal Cruelty Offenders’, 71 South Carolina Law Review.
    • 2019. Gabrielle Wolf, ‘Machinations of the British Medical Association: Excluding Refugee Doctors from Queensland’s Medical Profession, 1937-42’, 59(4) American Journal of Legal History.
    • 2019. Michael Proeve and Gabrielle Wolf, ‘Professional Reports for Sentencing Courts: Recommendations for Reporting on Child Exploitation Material Offenders’ Risk of Recidivism and Prospects for Rehabilitation’, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law.
    • 2019. Mirko Bagaric, Gabrielle Wolf, and Brienna Bagaric, ‘The Illusion of Principled Justice: The Fiction That Sentencing Principle is Applied Consistently’, 47 Australian Bar Review.
    • 2019. Mirko Bagaric, Gabrielle Wolf, and Daniel McCord, ‘United States Sentencing Developments: The World’s Largest Mass Incarcerator Goes Into Decarceration Mode’, 43 Criminal Law Journal.
    • 2019. Gabrielle Wolf and Danuta Mendelson, ‘The My Health Record System: Potential to Undermine the Paradigm of Patient Confidentiality?’, 42(2) University of New South Wales Law Journal.
    • 2019. Mirko Bagaric, Gabrielle Wolf, and Peter Isham, ‘Trauma and Sentencing: The Case for Mitigating Penalty for Childhood Physical and Sexual Abuse’, 30(1) Stanford Law and Policy Review.
    • 2018. Gabrielle Wolf and Mirko Bagaric, ‘Nice or Nasty? Reasons to Abolish Character as a Consideration in Australian Sentencing Hearings and Professionals’ Disciplinary Proceedings’, 44(3) Monash University Law Review.
    • 2018. Mirko Bagaric and Gabrielle Wolf, ‘Sentencing by Computer: Enhancing Sentencing Transparency and Predictability, and (Possibly) Bridging the Gap Between Sentencing Knowledge and Practice’, 25(3) George Mason Law Review.
    • 2018. Gabrielle Wolf, ‘Moritz Meyer and the Medical Board: Preventing Refugee Doctors From Practising Medicine in Victoria, Australia, 1937-58’, 26(1) Journal of Law and Medicine.
    • 2018. Mirko Bagaric, Gabrielle Wolf, and William Rininger, ‘Mitigating America’s Incarceration Crisis Without Compromising Community Protection: Expanding the Role of Rehabilitation in Sentencing’, 22(1) Lewis and Clark Law Review.
    • 2018. Mirko Bagaric, Theo Alexander, and Gabrielle Wolf, ‘The United States’ Incarceration Crisis: Cautionary Lessons for Australian Sentencing’, 42 Criminal Law Journal.
    • 2018. Mirko Bagaric, Dan Hunter, and Gabrielle Wolf, ‘Technological Incarceration and the End of the Prison Crisis’, 108(1) Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.
    • 2018. Gabrielle Wolf, ‘Hartnett, Epstein, Van der Hope: Regulating Unconventional Doctors’, 25 Journal of Law and Medicine.
    • 2017. Gabrielle Wolf, ‘Compelling Safety: Reforming Australian Treating Doctors’ Mandatory Reporting Obligations’, 39(2) Sydney Law Review.
    • 2017. Mirko Bagaric, Nick Fischer, and Gabrielle Wolf, ‘Bringing Sentencing Law Into the 21st Century: Closing the Gap Between Practice and Knowledge by Introducing Expertise into Sentencing Law’, 45(3) Hofstra Law Review.
    • 2017. Gabrielle Wolf, ‘Monitoring a “Menace”: Peer Review and the Regulation of Substance-Addicted Doctors, 1933-48’, 24(3) Journal of Law and Medicine.
    • 2016. Danuta Mendelson and Gabrielle Wolf, ‘‘‘My [Electronic] Health Record” – Cui Bono (For Whose Benefit)?’, 24(2) Journal of Law and Medicine.
    • 2016. Gabrielle Wolf, ‘Towards Compassion: Statutory Powers to Regulate Impaired Doctors in Victoria, 1844-2016’, 39(4) University of New South Wales Law Journal.
    • 2015. Gabrielle Wolf, ‘A Delayed Inheritance: The Medical Board of Victoria’s 75-Year Wait to Find Doctors Guilty of “Infamous Conduct in a Professional Respect”’, 22(3) Journal of Law and Medicine.
    • 2014. Gabrielle Wolf, ‘Sticking Up for Victoria? – Victoria’s Legislative Council Inquires into the Performance of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’, 40(3) Monash University Law Review.
    • 2008, Charles Sowerwine and Gabrielle Wolf, ‘Echoes of Paris in the Antipodes: French Theatre and Opera in Melbourne (1850-1914)’, 45(1) Australian Journal of French Studies.
    • 2004, Gabrielle Wolf, ‘Innocent Convicts and Respectable Bushrangers: History and the Nation in Melbourne Melodrama, 1890-1914’, 28(81) Journal of Australian Studies.
    • 1996, Gabrielle Wolf, ‘Frustrating Sperm: Regulation of Artificial Insemination by Donor in Victoria Under the Infertility Treatment Act 1995 (Victoria)’, 10(2) Australian Journal of Family Law.

    Book chapters

    • 2018. Danuta Mendelson, Anne Rees, and Gabrielle Wolf, ‘Medical Confidentiality and Patient Privacy’ in Ben White, Fiona McDonald, and Lindy Willmott (eds), Health Law in Australia, Thomson Reuters, 3rd edition.
    • 2017. Danuta Mendelson and Gabrielle Wolf, ‘Health Privacy and Confidentiality’ in Ian Freckelton and Kerry Peterson (eds), Tensions and Traumas in Health Law, Federation Press.
    • 2017. Gabrielle Wolf, ‘Regulation of Health Professionals’ in Anne-Maree Farrell, John Devereux, Isabel Karpin, and Penelope Weller (eds), Health Law: Frameworks and Context, Cambridge University Press.



  • Teaching

    Gabrielle currently teaches Contract Law in the Bachelor of Law and Juris Doctor courses in the DLS.

  • Supervision

    Gabrielle is able to supervise students who are undertaking research in theatre history, legal history, health law, and sentencing law.

  • Awards, fellowships, and honours

    • 2019. Vice-Chancellor’s Mid-Career Researcher Award for Career Excellence, Deakin University ($10,000 grant to further research).
    • 2009. Commendation, Victorian Community History Awards, for Make It Australian: The Australian Performing Group, The Pram Factory and New Wave Theatre.
    • 2006. Manuscript Sponsorship, Writing Centre for Scholars and Researchers, School of Graduate Studies, University of Melbourne.
    • 2002. Lloyd Robson Memorial Award, History Department, University of Melbourne.
    • 2001. University of Melbourne Travel for Research in Postgraduate Study funding.
    • 2000. Australian Postgraduate Award with Stipend.
    • 1996. University of Melbourne International Scholarship.
  • Media and public events

    • 20 August 2014. Gabrielle Wolf, ‘Are Health Boards Fair and Impartial?’, Sydney Morning Herald and Canberra Times.
    • 2014. Co-host of ‘Batmania’, 3RRR radio station (102.7 FM).
    • 7 May 2008. ABC Melbourne with Jon Faine, interview regarding Make It Australian.
    • 6 Dec. 2006. Gabrielle Wolf, ‘Timeless Allure of Live Action’, Australian Literary Review.
    • 4 Oct. 2006. Gabrielle Wolf, ‘Backstage Passes’, Australian Literary Review.
    • 2001. Host of current affairs breakfast program on 3CR (855 AM).
    • 2001. Contributed weekly book review segment to breakfast program on 3RRR.
    • 1999-2000. Articles and reviews of theatre productions in Stage Whispers: Performing Arts Magazine and Inpress.

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