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Jacqui Horan is a courtroom researcher. She holds the position of Associate Professor and is a member of the Victorian Bar (academic).

Jacqui's interest in the art of courtroom persuasion underpins her jury research. Her book 'Juries in the 21st Century' (2012) explores the impact of technology on the jury system and, in particular, on the way barristers, judges and witnesses communicate with the jury. For further details about the book, go to The Federation Press website. 

Jacqui is the lead academic in two Australian Research Council Linkage projects involved interviewing 111 Australian jurors and exploring their perceptions of the expert evidence presented to them. The preliminary results of these projects are published in Freckelton, Goodman-Delahunty, Horan and McKimmie, ‘Expert Evidence and Criminal Jury Trials’ (2016, OUP (UK)). Jacqui regularly shares her expertise with the media and at conferences both domestically and internationally. 

Monash Law Faculty opened it’s technological state of the art moot courtroom in 2017. This research platform is used to research the mechanics of the legal system, including jury behavior, artificial intelligence and the impact of courtroom technology upon participants. Jacqui was appointed to the inaugural role of academic lead for this research platform. In this role, she is focussed on developing research relationships and instigating research projects focussing on improving courtroom communication and access to justice through the use of technology.

As the Mooting Co-ordinator, Jacqui is responsible for leading and overseeing the law faculty's mooting program and the moot court research platform. Prior to joining Monash in 2018, Jacqueline co-ordinated the ’Trial Practice and Advocacy’ course for the Melbourne University Law School for 15 years. She has taught advocacy to practitioners and experts as part of their continuing education at the Australian Advocacy Institute, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the National Institute of Forensic Science and the Victorian Bar Readers Course. 

Prior to her academic career, Jacqueline worked for such organisations as the Supreme Court of Victoria (as Associate to the Honourable Mr Justice Sir James Gobbo AC), and Mallesons Stephen Jaques. As a member of the Bar, Jacqueline specialised in professional negligence and misconduct She was an accredited mediator and VCAT appointed conciliator. She was primarily briefed by disciplinary bodies such as the Legal Profession Tribunal, Victorian Lawyers RPA, the Dental Board of Victoria and the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions