Peter Papadopoulos

LLB (Hons), BCom (Hons)

Peter Papadopoulos is an Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law. Since 2011, Peter has been voted by his peers as one of Australia's best immigration and civil rights lawyers and has been included on the annual Best Lawyers International list for Australia.

Peter was admitted to practice in 1996 after graduating with Honours in Law and Commerce at The University of Melbourne and completing his articles of clerkship at Arnold Bloch Leibler. He has been a registered migration agent since 1997. Between 1997 and 2000, he worked as a solicitor at King Wood Mallesons and a Senior Associate at Gadens Lawyers. Between 2000 and May 2014, Peter ran his own specialist migration law practice in both Melbourne and Sydney. From May 2014 until December 2015, Peter was a Director of Global Immigration at Ernst & Young.  Between January 2015 and October 2018, Peter was a Director of Nomos Pty Ltd, a business specialising in the provision of immigration law advice, advisory services and educational programmes.  Prior to the end of the dual regulation of migration lawyers which took effect in March 2021, Peter had been registered as a migration agent since 1997.

Peter is an active member of the Law Council of Australia's Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section Executive and its Migration Law Committee. He is also a member of the Law Institute of Victoria's Migration Law Committee, the Australian Institute of Administrative Law and the Migration Institute of Australia. He is also a member of the Migration Advice Industry Advisory Group established by the Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Jason Wood MP.

Peter has also served as the Secretary to the Law Council of Australia’s International Law Committee, an assessor in the Law Society of NSW’s Specialist Accreditation Programme and Chair of The College of Law’s Migration Agents Capstone Assessment Advisory Committee.  He has held various volunteer positions, including Duty Solicitor at the Victorian HIV/AIDS Legal Centre, and was a founding director of Metta Youth Limited, a non-profit charitable organisation established to assist marginalised and disadvantaged young adults.

Peter has been an author for Australian Immigration Law for many years and is currently General Editor of the publication.

Publications and Editorial Contacts

Awards & Recognition

Accredited Specialist – Immigration Law
Listed in Best Lawyers International annually since 2011 (Practice areas – Immigration Law and Civil Rights Law)

Speaking Engagements

  • Foundations in Immigration Law workshop series, The College of Law - since March 2017
  • Migration law, COVID-19 and the future, Lawyers Weekly podcast, 18 September 2020
  • Digital Transformation of decision-making: promises and pitfalls, presentation delivered at the Council of Australasian Tribunals NSW Conference: The Future is now – traditional skills and new technologies, 6 September 2019, Sydney
  • Automated decision-making and Human Intelligence: a new paradigm shift in a rapidly changing world, presentation delivered at the Law Council of Australia Annual CPD Immigration Law Conference, 23 March 2019, Canberra
  • Digital Transformation and Visa Decisions: an insight into the promise and pitfalls – presentation delivered at the Australian Institute of Administrative Law National Conference, 28 September 2018
  • Seeking Transparent Visa Health Assessments, presentation delivered at the Immigration Law Review workshop series, 2 November 2017
  • 457 visa update: insight into key reforms, Law Institute of Victoria, 24 July 2017
  • Accountability mechanisms beyond merits review and jurisdictional error, Session Chair at the Law Council of Australia’s Annual CPD Immigration Law Conference, 25 February 2017
  • Collateral decisions by external bodies – Health assessments, paper delivered at the Law Council of Australia Annual CPD Immigration Law Conference, 20 March 2015
  • Nomos Education seminars and workshops (March 2016 – October 2018)
  • Migration Practice Essentials (MPE) seminars and workshops (June 2003 – December 2014)
  • Contributions to various submissions to government inquiries and reform agendas, including:
    • Department of Home Affairs, Creating a world class migration advice industry (2020)
    • Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority, Consultation on the Code of Conduct for Registered Migration Agents (2019)
    • Joint Select Committee on Trade Investment and Growth, Inquiry into the Business Experience in Utilising Australia's Free Trade Agreements (2015)
    • Independent Review of the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (2014)
    • Joint Standing Committee of Migration, Inquiry into the migration treatment of disability (2010)
  • The migration law health requirement, Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations Workshop, 24 September 2009
  • Radio interviews to discuss migration law matters on ABC Radio National's Law Report on 6 December 2005 – Visas and Health Status – and on 24 April 2007 – Should HIV-positive migrants be banned?
  • Australia's migration law heath criteria, paper delivered at the Australian Institute of Administrative Law (Victorian Chapter) Annual Conference, 14 November 2001

Memberships

  • Committee Member – Law Council of Australia Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section Executive, Law Council of Australia Migration Law Committee, Law Institute of Victoria Migration Law Committee
  • Member – Law Council of Australia, Law Society of New South Wales, Law Institute of Victoria, Migration Institute of Australia
Areas of expertise
Educating lawyers, registered migration agents and others with an interest in Australian immigration and citizenship law
Understanding and explaining the impact of migration trends and policy shifts
Helping business strategically manage employer sponsorship and other migration law obligations
Managing merits and judicial review matters and challenging immigration and citizenship cases involving health, character, fraud and cancellation issues.
Academic Qualifications
LLB (Hons), BCom (Hons)
Professional Organisation

Peter specialises in the provision of immigration law advice, advisory services and educational programmes.

Professional Contact
T: +61 403 396 688
M: +61 403 396 688
E: peter@mpeonline.com.au