Born in Germany, Gustav Lanyi has also lived in Australia, Hungary and the United Kingdom and besides English, is fluent in Hungarian and French.
Gustav is an Australian qualified lawyer with a strong background in legal research, drafting and analysis. He has worked for various organisations in the Victorian Public Service as a lawyer, auditor and investigator, and previously, in the private sector. He has also volunteered extensively with various non-government organisations. Gustav has developed significant experience in litigation, legal advice and public sector governance. In particular, he was engaged in multi-disciplinary work in the Victorian Ombudsman’s Office and the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office involving the oversight of compliance by government authorities with administrative processes. At the State Revenue Office of Victoria, on the other hand, Gustav mainly handled tax litigation matters and provided legal advice to staff and management. In various roles, he has also delivered training to staff on issues relating to taxation and human rights. His careers to date in government law have taught him strong skills and sound knowledge of legal principles, reasoning and argument, as well as a good understanding of legal, administrative and policy-making processes.
Gustav completed a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from Monash University and a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree from Deakin University. He graduated with a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from the University of New England specialising in public international law. His LLM thesis concerned the impact in international law of the most severe human rights breaches – violations of jus cogens norms – on the availability of a defence of foreign state immunity. Gustav also holds technical certificates in project management and government investigations.
Several of his law-related articles have been published, including in the areas of climate change, constitutional law and human rights.