Neville Rochow

Neville Rochow SC is a distinguished Australian Barrister and legal educator. At present (2018) he works with Professor Paul Babie on the Law and Religion Project of the Research Unit for the Study of Society, Ethics and Law, The University of Adelaide. He holds adjunct professorships at the law schools of Notre Dame Australia and the University of Adelaide. His research interests include jurisprudence, human rights, and freedom of religion or belief. In his practice as a Silk from Howard Zelling Chambers, he had a national practice in corporate, commercial, competition, and constitutional law. He has appeared in the High Court of Australia, the Federal Court, the Supreme Court of various States and other federal, territorial, and state jurisdictions.

From 2015 to 2017, Neville and his wife, Penny, served as Government Relations Representatives at the European Union Office of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brussels, Belgium, acting as advisers and advocates in the EU and the UK on freedoms of religion, belief, conscience, and expression. They worked closely with other NGOs in Brussels on policy and reform in relation to issues arising under the European Covenant on Human Rights and in the dialogue under Article 17 of the Lisbon Treaty. During his time in Europe, he spoke in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, the Law Commission in London, the House of Lords at Westminster, and the EU Parliament in Brussels. He speaks German fluently and French at a basic level. At the Center, with his background as a barrister in Australia, and his work with Penny in the EU and UK, Neville’s work is focused on freedom of religion or belief issues in the Pacific, Asia, and Western Europe. He is completing a PhD by publication at Adelaide Law School, the dissertation for which will collate and provide a narrative on works he has published in recent years on freedom of religion or belief in Australia and the desirability of the domestic incorporation of international human rights norms. He graduated LLB (Hons) from the University of Adelaide Law School and was subsequently conferred a Master of Laws degree from Adelaide for a thesis on constitutional law and fact ascertainment. He also has a Master of Laws degree from Deakin University in competition law.