Mr Shaun McCarthy

Mr Shaun McCarthy


Newcastle Law School

Career Summary


Shaun is the Director of University of Newcastle Legal Centre (UNLC).  He provides clinical supervision to law students at the UNLC and teaches into the Law School's Practice Program, Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctor degrees.  Shaun has acted in multiple high profile public interest cases at the UNLC including the police shooting of Roni Levi, inquiry into the detention of Cornelia Rau and the Kathleen Folbigg case.  He conducts high profile public interest casework in anti-discrimination law and intensive research into asylum protection cases.  He has been involved in the UNLC flagship clinic 'Law on the Beach' at Newcastle Beach since its inception in 2004.  Shaun has developed an app titled Know the Law specifically designed for international students about the law in Australia.  He is an investigator in a National Health and Medical Research Foundation grant titled Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records - Charting the Course for Successful Healthcare Transitions in Young Adults with Communication Disabilities.  He is also involved in the delivery of Planning Ahead seminars to community groups and undertaking research regarding how people respond to such information in dealing with their legal affairs.          

Program Convenor of Newcastle Law School's Practice Program (Practical Legal Training Program)

Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia

Unrestricted Practising Certificate from the Law Society of NSW

AWARDS: NSW Premier's Public Sector Award Commendation for Services to Regional and Rural NSW; University of Newcastle Excellence in Teaching Award Outstanding Clinical Teacher in Law; University of Newcastle Work Integrated Learning Staff Member Award in the Faculty of Business and Law in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, performance and contribution to the University of Newcastle and wider community; University of Newcastle Faculty of Business and Law Excellence in External Engagement Staff Award; University of Newcastle Faculty of Business and Law International Engagement Award; University of Newcastle Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence and Contribution to Student Learning

Research Expertise
Public Interest Advocacy, Miscarriage of Justice cases, Clinical Legal Education, Client Capacity, Disability Law, Tribunals, Professional Conduct.
Submission to Productivity Commission Access to Justice Arrangements Report 2014

Teaching Expertise
LAWS 4007/LAWS 6011 Professional Conduct - Course Co-Ordinator

LAWS 5037/LAWS 6029 Public Interest Advocacy - Course Co-Ordinator

LAWS 4054A/LAWS 4054B/LAWS 6014A/LAWS 6014B Legal Practice 1 - Course Co-Ordinator

LAWS 4055A/LAWS 4055B/LAWS 6015A/LAWS 6015B - Legal Practice 2 - Course Co-Ordinator

Practical Legal Training Clinical Legal Education modules

Administrative Expertise
Program Convenor, Practice Program, Newcastle Law School

Member, Program Management Group, Newcastle Law School

Member, Australasian Professional Legal Education Council (APLEC)

Member, Law Society NSW and Newcastle Law Society

Member, Priority Research Initiative in Evidence Based Law and Practice, Newcastle Law School

Member, Disability Research Network, University of Newcastle


  • Bachelor of Laws, Australian National University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University


  • Clinical Legal Education
  • Disability Law
  • Legal Ethics
  • Professional Conduct
  • Public Interest Advocacy

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
180199 Law not elsewhere classified 100


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 McCarthy S, Maguire AM, Elton A, 'Executive Detention: Still no effective review for detainees', Alternative Law Journal, 41 249-253 (2016) [C1]
Co-authors Amy Maguire
2016 Ries NM, Johnston B, McCarthy S, 'Legal education and the ageing population: Building student knowledge and skills through experiential learning in collaboration with community organisations', Adelaide Law Review, 37 495-522 (2016) [C1]
Co-authors Nola Ries
2016 Hemsley BA, McCarthy S, Adams N, Georgiou A, Hill S, Balandin S, 'Legal, ethical, and rights issues in the adoption and use of the My Health Record by people with communication disability in Australia', Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, (2016)
Co-authors Bronwyn Hemsley
2016 Ries NM, Johnston B, McCarthy S, 'Technology-Enabled Legal Service Delivery for Older Adults: What Can Law Learn from TeleHealth? Findings from an International Review of Literature', Elder Law Review, 10 1-14 (2016) [C1]
Co-authors Nola Ries
2015 Hemsley B, Georgiou A, Balandin S, Carter R, Hill S, Higgins I, et al., 'The Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) for Adults with Severe Communication Impairments: Findings of Pilot Research.', Studies in health technology and informatics, 214 100-106 (2015) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Paulette Vanvliet, Bronwyn Hemsley, Isabel Higgins
2014 McCarthy SG, 'The Rise and Rise of Tribunals ¿ Engaging Law Students in Tribunal Advocacy', International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, 21 42-68 (2014) [C1]
2006 McCarthy S, 'Jill Anderson (ed), The Australian Pro Bono Manual: A Practical Guide and Resource Kit for Law Firms, Melbourne: Victoria Law Foundation and National Pro Bono Resource Centre, (2nd Edition, 2005) - Book Review 176-178 (2006)
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Grants and Funding


Number of grants 7
Total funding $164,666

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20171 grants / $27,666

Action on Elder Abuse: A pilot project to improve screening and intervention through health-legal collaboration$27,666

Funding body: NSW Department of Family and Community Services

Funding body NSW Department of Family and Community Services
Project Team Ms Nola Ries, Associate Professor John Anderson, Doctor Elise Mansfield, Mr Shaun McCarthy
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1700701
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS

20162 grants / $33,000

Pop-up clinics and Know the Law digital resource$30,000

Know the Law digital resource updating and pop-up legal advice clinics to Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Scheme SSAF
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

Teaching & Learning Seed Grant: Developing a Technology-Enabled Legal Outreach Service$3,000

This seed grant supports developmental work for a technology-enabled legal outreach service to connect the University of Newcastle Legal Centre with rural, regional and remote communities in New South Wales. 

Funding body: Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Project Team

Shaun McCarthy and Nola Ries

Scheme Priority Research Initiatives
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

20151 grants / $55,000

Know the Law app and pop-up legal advice clinics$55,000

Provision of 'Know the Law' app to provide legal rights and regulation information to international students

Funding body: The University of Newcastle

Funding body The University of Newcastle
Scheme SSAF
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

20142 grants / $39,000

Pop Up Clinics for legal advice to students at Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses$35,000

Provide legal services to students at Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses through pop-up clinics

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Scheme SSAF
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

Community Engagement and Research Impact Case Study$4,000

Law on the Beach case study

Funding body: Newcastle Innovation

Funding body Newcastle Innovation
Scheme Faculty of Business and Law Community Engagement and Research Impact Case Study
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

20111 grants / $10,000

Tenancy Resource Project$10,000

Create a tenancy resource kit for social housing tenants

Funding body: Samaritans

Funding body Samaritans
Scheme Samaritans
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE


Complementary legal service hits the beach for those feeling the heat

January 20, 2017

A free and unique legal service aimed at assisting those in need, whilst also providing University of Newcastle (UON) students with real-world experience, is set to hit Newcastle Beach this month.

Legal program at Newcastle Beach riding a wave of success

January 29, 2015

A free legal clinic, metres from the crashing waves at Newcastle Beach, is pushing law students into new learning experiences.

Kathleen Folbigg case review bid challenges SIDS evidence

October 9, 2014

Shaun McCarthy discusses an evidence challenge of the Kathleen Folbigg case

Human Rights and Refugees

June 24, 2014

Shaun McCarthy of the UNLC addressed a group of local refugees on the common issues facing asylum seekers in Australia

Kathleen Folbigg’s Sister Speaks Out

April 2, 2014

The sister of convicted child-killer Kathleen Folbigg has come out against a campaign to launch a judicial enquiry into her case.

Alan Jones Lends His Support to Convicted Child Killer Kathleen Folbigg

January 20, 2014

Support for convicted child killer Kathleen Folbigg is gathering support with Radio host Alan Jones now joining the calls to have her case reviewed.

Law on the Beach

Hit the surf and source legal advice

January 20, 2014

Young people needing legal advice are encouraged to tap into expertise of the University of Newcastle's Legal Centre when it slips out of the office and hits the sand for its annual Law on the Beach free community legal advice service.

Mr Shaun McCarthy


University of Newcastle Legal Centre
Newcastle Law School
Faculty of Business and Law

Contact Details

Phone (02) 4921 8666
Fax (02) 4921 8866


Room UNH2.7
Building University House
Location University House
Cnr King and Auckland Street
Newcastle, NSW 2300