Jacoba Braschwas called to the Bar in 2000 and has developed a practice in family law, mental health law, and customs and excise. She has appeared in matters in most States and Territories of Australia and often appears in the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia. Jacoba has also appeared a number of times in the High Court of Australia with those appearances concerning customs and excise, as well as Family Law matters and the Hague Convention (child abduction).Prior to coming to the Bar, Jacoba spent the 1990s in law-related government jobs, including Press Secretary to an Attorney-General. In 2000, Jacoba completed an LLM at New York University as a Fulbright Scholar and NYU Graduate Merit Scholar. In 2010, Jacoba graduated with a PhD from the University of New South Wales where her doctoral thesis concerned what constitutes a fair, independent and impartial trial, using Australian courts martial as her subject matter.
Jacoba holds a Bachelor of Arts, Masters in Public Administration (UQ), a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (QUT), LLM (NYU) and PhD (UNSW).
Dr Brasch was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 2014.
Jacoba’s principal areas of practice are:
Alternate Dispute Resolution, Mediation, Arbitration & Case Appraisal
Customs and Excise
Inquests, Commissions of Inquiry & Statutory Tribunals
Mental Health Law
Jacoba has appeared in a range of courts in Australia, including, the High Court of Australia (Special Leave Applications and the Full Court), Queensland, Northern Territory, New South Wales and Western Australia. She is the Secretary of the Queensland Bar Association’s Standing Committee of Family Law, and a member of the Law Council of Australia’s executive sub-committee on Customs and Excise.