Emeritus Professor Neil Rees was chairperson of the Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) from 2007 until 2012. During that period the VLRC completed 8 references including civil justice, the law of abortion, jury directions in criminal trials, child protection proceedings, the registration of sex offenders, and adult guardianship.
Neil is emeritus professor in the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Newcastle where he was professor of law from 1991 to 2007 and foundation dean of the Faculty of Law from 1991 to 1999.
He has been a member of many tribunals including the Mental Health Review Board (Vic), the Mental Health Review Tribunal (NSW) and the Administrative Decisions Tribunal (NSW). He has been involved in the establishment of a number of community legal centres and clinical legal education programs.
Neil has published in the areas of criminal investigation, legal practice, mental health law, tribunals, Indigenous Australians and the law, and equal opportunity law.