Aaron Lane
Legal Fellow
Level 2, 410 Collins St, Melbourne 3000 VIC

Aaron Lane is a Legal Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. Aaron is a lawyer and regulatory analyst, specialising in economic regulation, as well as employment, industrial relations, workplace law.

Aaron came to the IPA because of a passion for the free market’s ability to foster, what Pope John Paul II called, the ‘dignity of work’. Over-regulation in the employment space is a moral problem, just as much as it is an economic problem.

Aaron completed his undergraduate studies at Deakin University, completing a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in economics. He completed a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice with the College of Law, which led to his admission to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2012. He also holds a Graduate Diploma of Theology and a Master of Arts – where he wrote a minor thesis applying moral theology to public policy – from the University of Divinity, graduating as Vice-Chancellor’s Scholar. He is currently undertaking a PhD in law and economics at RMIT University, where he lectures in company law and competition & consumer law.

Prior to joining the IPA, Aaron was a lawyer at a mid-tier commercial law firm in Melbourne. He had a broad practice of administrative and public law matters, regularly appearing in the Magistrates Court and the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal – and acting as instructing solicitor in the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, and the Federal Court.

Aaron has appeared on behalf of the IPA to give expert evidence to the Productivity Commission, the Fair Work Commission, and the Senate Economics Committee.
Aaron’s research and opinion pieces have featured in The Australian, The Age, The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, and he has appeared for the IPA on ABC’s ‘The Business’ and Network Ten’s ‘The Project’.

Follow him on Twitter: @amlane_au

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