Who Are We?

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights Inc (ALHR) was established in 1993, and incorporated as an association in NSW in 1998 (ABN 76 329 114 323).

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights is an association of legal professionals active in practising and promoting awareness of international human rights standards in Australia.

ALHR has a national membership of Australian lawyers, barristers, judicial officers, legal academics and law students, with active National, State and Territory committees and national and specialist thematic committees.

ALHR seeks to utilise its extensive experience and expertise in the principles and practice of international law and human rights law in Australia in order to:

  • Promote and support lawyers practice of human rights law in Australia.
  • Promote Federal and State laws across Australia that comply with the principles of international human rights law.
  • Engage with the United Nations in relation to Australian human rights violations.
  • Engage internationally to promote human rights and the rule of law.

Through the provision of training, education, publications, CLE courses, conferences, seminars and mentoring, ALHR assists members to continue to develop their knowledge of human rights law and incorporate human rights principles into their areas of legal practice in Australia.


The Committee

Kerry Weste - President

Kerry was admitted as a solicitor and barrister in South Australia in 1998 and has been a member of the ALHR National Committee since 2014, including a two year term as ALHR Vice-President. She has practiced in South Australia, London and Sydney as a criminal defence solicitor and as a Senior Legal Officer for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and has 20 years experience as an advocate. Kerry has a long held interest in Children's rights and juvenile justice and is a registered contributor with the International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO) and was a recipient of the The Children's Interests Bureau Prize at Flinders University. Kerry also Co-Chairs ALHR's Children's Rights Subcommittee and Co-Convenes the Human Rights for NSW Alliance

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Natalie Wade - Vice President

Natalie Wade
Natalie Wade is ALHR Vice-President and Chair of our Disability Rights Subcommittee. Named by the Law Council of Australia as the 2016 Australian Young Lawyer of the Year and awarded Young Lawyer of the Year for South Australia and Australia in 2016 for her work on the South Australian Child Protection Systems Royal Commission and contribution to law reform for people with disabilities, Natalie has a well-respected legal background in international human rights law and law reform.

Natalie received a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor Commerce from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Laws (Legal Practice) from the Australian National University. As a leader in disability rights and reform, Natalie was the founding Chairperson of Australian Lawyer’s for Human Rights’ Disability Rights Subcommittee and has worked individual complaints to the Committee for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Since 2015, Natalie has been member of the Every Women, Everywhere Campaign which advocates for an international treaty on violence against women and girls. In that role, Natalie assisted in drafting the Implementation and assessment memo for the campaign.

Natalie has dedicated much of her time to research relating to participation of individuals with communication disabilities in courts. Her research advocated for the implementation of judicial training on obtaining evidence from witnesses with communication disabilities. Following the introduction of the SA Disability Justice Plan, Natalie prepared a comparative analysis, published in the Alternative Law Journal, of the law reform in South Australian and Commonwealth jurisdictions to evaluate their effectiveness in upholding the international human rights of people with communication disabilities.

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Sangeeta Sharmin - Secretary

Sangeeta is currently a practising solicitor in Sydney. She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Science (Psychology) double degree from the Australian National University and is currently studying her Masters in Law (International Law). She has had her work published in The Journal of Legal Pluralism and is currently working on her Masters thesis project. She has volunteered in a number of organisations focusing on the rights of refugees, migrants, women, Indigenous Australians and prisoners. After completing two internships overseas, at the Legal Resources Centre in Cape Town and the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs in New York, Sangeeta commenced working at Ken Cush & Associates, a civil litigation firm in Canberra, as a Senior Associate. Sangeeta also volunteers at the ACT Law Society's Legal Advice Bureau.

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Katherine Hinton - Treasurer

Katherine is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years Finance experience who has a strong interest in human rights and social justice. Katherine is currently the Finance Manager at SNAICC - National Voice for our Children which represent the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

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Khanh Hoang - Ordinary Member (Governance)

Khanh is an Associate Lecturer in the Migration Law Program at the Australian National University (ANU), where he was awarded LLB (Hons)/BEc and a GDLP with merit degrees. Khanh has previously worked as a Legal Officer at the AAT (Migration and Refugee Division) and the Australian Law Reform Commission. He is also admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of NSW. He is currently undertaking PhD studies at the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at the University of New South Wales.

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Anthony Hallal - Ordinary Member (Governance)

Anthony is a Law Graduate at Hall & Wilcox and a Teaching Associate/Research Assistant at Monash University. He is also on the editorial board for one of the International Law Association's official publications. Anthony has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights Theory from Monash, and a Master of Laws (LLM) in Transnational Law from King's College London. During his LLM at King's, Anthony specialized in human rights law and was awarded the law school's Prize for the Best Student on the LLM in Transnational Law. He has also previously won the Sir Owen Dixon Prize for International Law and the LexisNexis Prize for Research and Writing. Anthony has authored, and co-authored, a number of articles and has presented his human rights research at conferences around the world.

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Dr Emma Phillips - Human Rights Act Co-Chair

Emma Phillips
Dr Emma Phillips holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons 1) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland and a PhD from La Trobe University. Her doctoral thesis explored human rights concerns arising from the marginalisation of a minority group from and within the labour market in Australia. Emma has been working in the community legal sector for the past five years, predominantly in the area of law, policy and practice reform. Her work focusses on protecting and defending the human rights of the most vulnerable people with disability and mental illness in Queensland.

Emma has been an active member of ALHR for the past three years, contributing regularly to the work of the Disability Rights Subcommittee. She has been involved in the steering committee of the Rights for Queenslanders Alliance, which has driven the campaign for a Human Rights Act in Queensland, since its inception in early 2015. She is also an active member of the OPCAT Network and has contributed to the work of the UN through its Committee Against Torture and Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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Joanna Abraham - Human Rights Act Co-Chair

Joanna is the Principal Lawyer of Justice Connect's Court Programs (Sydney), overseeing the legal practice of the Federal Service assisting self-represented litigants with civil law matters, including human rights, in the Federal Court and Federal Circuit Courts in NSW, VIC, ACT and TAS. Joanna also currently volunteers as a Lawyer at the Inner City Legal Centre, which provides access to justice for vulnerable people with a focus on those who identify as LGBTIQ. Previously, Joanna investigated and conciliated Federal discrimination law and human rights matters at the Australian Human Rights Commission. Joanna also worked as a Lawyer at Caxton Legal Centre Inc. in Brisbane in the Family Law and Domestic and Family Violence (formerly Family and Elder Law) and the Human Rights and Civil Law Practices (formerly General Practice). Joanna has volunteered on projects with a human rights focus, including at the Refugee and Immigration Legal Service, UN Women, LawRight and the Pacific Community.

Joanna completed a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws through the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, which included post-graduate studies in human rights. Joanna also completed a Bachelor of Social Science through the University of Queensland. During her studies, Joanna was awarded the Toni Dick Memorial Prize for Outstanding Community Service and the Gerard Connolly Memorial Prize for Outstanding Community Service.

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Natalie Wade - Disability Rights Co-Chair

Natalie Wade
Named by the Law Council of Australia as the 2016 Australian Young Lawyer of the Year and awarded Young Lawyer of the Year for South Australia and Australia in 2016 for her work on the South Australian Child Protection Systems Royal Commission and contribution to law reform for people with disabilities, Natalie has a well-respected legal background in international human rights law and law reform.

Natalie received a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor Commerce from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Laws (Legal Practice) from the Australian National University. As a leader in disability rights and reform, Natalie was the founding Chairperson of Australian Lawyer’s for Human Rights’ Disability Rights Subcommittee and has worked individual complaints to the Committee for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Since 2015, Natalie has been member of the Every Women, Everywhere Campaign which advocates for an international treaty on violence against women and girls. In that role, Natalie assisted in drafting the Implementation and assessment memo for the campaign.

Natalie has dedicated much of her time to research relating to participation of individuals with communication disabilities in courts. Her research advocated for the implementation of judicial training on obtaining evidence from witnesses with communication disabilities. Following the introduction of the SA Disability Justice Plan, Natalie prepared a comparative analysis, published in the Alternative Law Journal, of the law reform in South Australian and Commonwealth jurisdictions to evaluate their effectiveness in upholding the international human rights of people with communication disabilities.

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Dr Tamsin Clarke - Freedoms Chair

Tamsin Clarke
Dr Tamsin Clarke was admitted as a solicitor in 1980. She worked for 25 years in major law firms, specialising in funds management, privacy, corporate and anti-money laundering compliance, before establishing her own legal practice.
Her degrees are from University of Tasmania (LLB Hons), University of Toronto (LLM) and University of NSW (PhD) and her doctorate thesis concerned racial vilification and free speech issues under Australian legislation. It was her interest in the '18C' debate which led to her first work with ALHR and she became a committee member in June 2014. The "Freedoms" subcommittee, having a wide remit, has been involved in a range of ALHR submissions.
Tamsin provides pro bono advice to a number of non-profit organisations.

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Madeleine Bridgett - Business and Human Rights Co-Chair and Ordinary Member (Governance)

Madeleine Bridgett is a barrister in Sydney, Australia, specialising in human rights and international law. She has also been admitted to the Bar of England and Wales, and in 2011 was awarded the Hardwicke Scholarship and the Peter Duffy Human Rights Scholarship from The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn. She spent a year working in the Niger Delta of Nigeria, West Africa, for the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC), where she fearlessly advocated for the rights of children and vulnerable adults whilst actively promoting the rule of law. Madeleine was part of the legal team who successfully prosecuted a number of cases involving child labour and child abuse. Following this Madeleine worked at the European Court of Human Rights where she was responsible for preparing draft reports and decisions on cases brought before the Court regarding admissibility.

Madeleine holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from City Law School (formerly the Inns of Court School of Law) (UK), Postgraduate Diploma in Law (UK)(Distinction), Master of Social Work (UNSW, Australia) and Bachelor of Social Work (UNSW, Australia). She was awarded the Head of School Prize, University of Brighton, UK in 2008 and the Oxford University Press Prize, University of Brighton, in 2009. Madeleine has published work in both national and international journals and has presented at a number of conferences globally. In 2010 she was selected by The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn to debate at the English Speaking Union National Competition and the Cambridge IV International Debating Competition.

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Jessica Hatherall - Business and Human Rights Co-Chair

Jessica is a U.S. and U.K. qualified lawyer with over a decade of leadership, legal, operational and business development experience across a wide range of sectors including: NGO, start up, film and corporate. She has provided legal assistance in Hong Kong, Sydney, London, and Washington, DC. including as a case-worker and policy officer assisting forced migrants, corporate lawyer and in-house counsel. In addition, she has managed a pro bono partnership program and volunteered as a pro bono lawyer on various human rights matters in multiple jurisdictions. Jessica also initially led a business and human rights project for Justice Centre Hong Kong, whose objective was to enable corporate leaders to advocate publicly or privately for systemic law and policy change in relation to forced labour and human trafficking in Hong Kong. Jessica has volunteered in human rights organisation across her career, has a Masters in Human Rights law and currently is the Head of Policy & Strategy for the Australian Pro Bono Centre.

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Dr Natalia Szablewska - Business and Human Rights Co-Chair

Natalia holds a LLB(Hons)(England), DipIHL(ICRC), BEconSocSt(Hons) (Univ.of Wales), GradCertAP(SCU), PhD (Aberystwyth) and is currently a senior lecturer in the School of law and Justice at Southern Cross University. Natalia has over fifteen years of experience in research and public policy that spans across the public sector, governmental and non-governmental organisations and academia in four countries. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Center for the Study of Humanitarian Law, Royal University of Law and Economics (Cambodia) and was a Visiting Professor at Cambodian Mekong University (Cambodia). Her academic experience includes working at universities across Australia, the UK and Cambodia where she has taught and convened numerous courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has also delivered guest lectures at universities and institutions in Germany and Canada. Natalia has over 50 publications for academic and non-academic audiences and conference papers presented at numerous conferences worldwide.

Natalia's professional experience includes working in a Human Rights NGO in Moscow (Russian Justice Initiative) litigating before the European Court of Human Rights, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (UK), the Welsh Assembly Government, the British House of Commons, the Welsh Centre for International Affairs, the United Nations Association Wales and the David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies (DDMI). In these roles, she conducted four public consultations and prepared internal and external reports, educational materials and information bulletins.

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Johanna Byrne - Indigenous Rights Co-Chair

Johanna was admitted as a solicitor in 2017 in Western Australia and currently works at Rae & Partners Lawyers, Launceston in the commercial team. She was the National Indigenous Law Student of the Year in 2016.
Her interests in Human Rights originated prior to her studying law when she worked with vulnerable members of the community who were caught up within the criminal justice system. Johanna’s honours thesis was on section 32 of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 NSW. She is particularly interested in Indigenous rights and the rights of those people who suffer from mental health issues.

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Sonali Seneviratne - Indigenous Rights Co-Chair

Sonali Seneviratne
Sonali is a lawyer in Sydney, practising in the areas of environment and planning law and native title. She has had a longstanding interest in human rights and Indigenous issues, and in particular, has developed knowledge of land rights and native title through her work experiences at the National Native Title Tribunal, NTSCORP and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. Sonali is committed to reconciliation and is an active member of her firm’s reconciliation action plan working group.

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Nicholas Stewart - LGBTI Rights Co-Chair and Ordinary Member (Governance)

Nicholas Stewart is a partner at Dowson Turco Lawyers, a boutique and prominent LGBTI law firm in Sydney. He was formerly an intellectual property lawyer at Minter Ellison and Corporate Counsel at Singtel Optus. Nicholas has acted as an instructing lawyer and as an advocate in the Australian Crime Commission, the Local Court of NSW, the Children’s Court of NSW, the District Court of NSW and the Federal Court of Australia.

Nicholas takes carriage of complex cases involving human rights matters and currently he is acting for a group of NSW Police officers who claim homosexual discrimination, bullying and vilification while employees of the NSW Police Force. Nicholas is also the lawyer for Alan Rosendale, a gay bashing victim of the 1980s who believes his assaulters were part of an organised group of law enforcement members who engaged in systematic gay bashings during that time.

Nicholas is a Director of Rainbow Families NSW, Vice President of the New Theatre Newtown, on the LGBTI sub-committee of Unharm Australia, and a pro bono lawyer at the NSW Inner City Legal Centre. Between 2006 and 2012 Nicholas was the President of Caretakers Cottage, Bondi, and during part of this time he also worked as a policy and projects officer in the NSW Government.

In 2009 Nicholas was awarded the Elizabeth Hastings Memorial Human Rights Award and the UTS:LAW Alumni Association Prize at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Nicholas chairs the ALHR LGBTI sub-committee with Kathryn Cramp. Together Nicholas and Kathryn champion LGBTI human rights and law reform.

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Georgia Burke - LGBTI Rights Co-Chair

Georgia is a lawyer at Ogilvie Jennings Lawyers in Tasmania, practicing in the areas of family law (including child protection law) and criminal law. She is admitted to the Supreme Court of Tasmania and the High Court of Australia, appearing regularly in the Magistrates Court of Tasmania, Federal Circuit Court and Family Court of Australia. Georgia has been involved with ALHR as either a student and practitioner since 2013. In 2015/2016 she spent twelve months as a Tasmanian Co-Convenor, before moving on to the LGBTI Subcommittee, which she is now proud to head with Co-Chair Nicholas Stuart. Georgia is also an active member of the Southern Young Lawyers Committee of Tasmania and the Family Law Practitioners Association of Tasmania, and is a regular volunteer at the Hobart Community Legal Service.

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Jessica Bayley - Refugee Rights Chair

Jessica Bayley
Jessica was admitted as a lawyer in Western Australia in 2010 and became a registered Migration Agent in 2015. She is the Specialist Migration Lawyer at Law Access, which coordinates pro bono referrals in Western Australia, as well as the Communication and Education Manager at The Humanitarian Group, which provides migration and legal assistance to the culturally and linguistically diverse community in Western Australia. She is currently a Master of Law candidate at The University of Melbourne with a focus on international human rights law.

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Professor Rita Shackel - Children's Rights Co-Chair

Rita Shackel is an Associate Professor of Law at The University of Sydney Law School. Her areas of interest include international criminal justice, gender justice, human rights and ethics. She has a particular interest in sexual and gender based violence and the abuse of women and children.

Rita’s academic awards include the Jones Memorial University Medal for most outstanding academic and professional record. Rita has worked as a lawyer, legal policy officer and academic in a range of settings including the NSW Cabinet Office, The NSW Office of Youth Affairs and The Australian Law Reform Commission. She has worked as a consultant and participated on numerous government, community, institutional and professional committees and working groups, and has delivered training to a range of professionals and CLE programs to legal practitioners, prosecutors and judicial officers in Australia and overseas. Rita’s PhD examined the use of expert evidence in child sexual assault cases. Rita has worked and published widely in the field of criminal justice with particular focus on the sexual victimisation of women and children. She has a special interest in the dynamics of sexual assault and how victims and survivors disclose sexual violence and abuse. Rita is committed to public interest and community work.

She is also currently Chair of the University of Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee.

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Kerry Weste - Children's Rights Co-Chair

Kerry is ALHR's current president and was admitted as a solicitor and barrister in South Australia in 1998 and has been a member of the ALHR National Committee since 2014, including a two year term as ALHR Vice-President. She has practiced in London and Sydney as a criminal defence solicitor and as a Senior Legal Officer for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and has 20 years experience as an advocate. Kerry has a long held interest in Children's rights and juvenile justice and currently co-chairs ALHR's Children's Rights Subcommittee. She is a registered contributor with the International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO) and was a recipient of the The Children's Interests Bureau Prize at Flinders University.

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Kate Marchesi - Women and Girls' Rights Co-Chair and Queensland Convenor

Kate Marchesi is a Brisbane based lawyer and a committed advocate for women and girls rights. Kate is the founder of Young Queenslanders for the Right to Choose and organisation whose tireless work has been instrumental in the campaign to decriminalise abortion in QLD. Kate's full bio will be uploaded soon.

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Charlie Faulder - Economis, Social & Cultural Rights Chair

Charlie is the principal solicitor of the Tenants’ Union ACT. In a previous life, Charlie worked for the NSW government in the field of child protection. Unfortunately, he had strong views about the value of a child’s life and was too outspoken for a bureaucracy, which led him to the next chapter in his career. In 2011, Charlie found himself in the ACT working in a community legal centre dealing with public housing tenants and recipients of Centrelink income. In 2015, he took the opportunity to gain experience as a principal solicitor with the Tenants’ Union ACT.

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Naomi Gould - ACT Convenor

Naomi Gould is a senior solicitor at Canberra Community Law. She currently works in the Social Security and Housing Law programs. Naomi has regularly argued the ACT Human Rights Act over her years working at Canberra Community Law and is a strong advocate for the implementation of human rights at the local level. She has many years experience working as a community lawyer in both Australia and the USA. She previously worked as a senior economic rights and patients rights attorney with the Mental Health Advocacy Project in San Jose, California. Prior to that, she was with the NSW Legal Aid Commission based in the Fairfield office. She has previously been active with Amnesty International Australia and was also a seconded solicitor to Kingsford Legal Centre while working at what was then known as Freehills, where she started her legal career.

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Manny Zhang - NSW Convenor

Manny Zhang
Manny is a graduate solicitor in the Family Law Early Intervention Unit at Legal Aid NSW and joined ALHR in 2018. Manny graduated with a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University. Her Honours thesis focused on transitional justice and forced displacement in Colombia. Manny has interned with the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency, the Mexico City-based NGO, the Institute for Women in Migration, and Asylum Access Thailand, a refugee legal centre in Bangkok. She is particularly interested in refugee rights and racial and gender discrimination.

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Joanna Abraham - NSW Convenor

Joanna is the Principal Lawyer of Justice Connect's Court Programs (Sydney), overseeing the legal practice of the Federal Service assisting self-represented litigants with civil law matters, including human rights, in the Federal Court and Federal Circuit Courts in NSW, VIC, ACT and TAS. Joanna also currently volunteers as a Lawyer at the Inner City Legal Centre, which provides access to justice for vulnerable people with a focus on those who identify as LGBTIQ. Previously, Joanna investigated and conciliated Federal discrimination law and human rights matters at the Australian Human Rights Commission. Joanna also worked as a Lawyer at Caxton Legal Centre Inc. in Brisbane in the Family Law and Domestic and Family Violence (formerly Family and Elder Law) and the Human Rights and Civil Law Practices (formerly General Practice). Joanna has volunteered on projects with a human rights focus, including at the Refugee and Immigration Legal Service, UN Women, LawRight and the Pacific Community.

Joanna completed a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws through the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, which included post-graduate studies in human rights. Joanna also completed a Bachelor of Social Science through the University of Queensland. During her studies, Joanna was awarded the Toni Dick Memorial Prize for Outstanding Community Service and the Gerard Connolly Memorial Prize for Outstanding Community Service.

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Nameeta Chandra - NSW Convenor

Nameeta is a lawyer with Holman Webb Lawyers in its Commercial Law practice. Prior to that Nameeta was a Senior Associate with Salvos Legal practising commercial litigation. Nameeta has also interned at Amnesty International Australia, and worked at the National Justice Project, the Australian Red Cross, the Office of Australian Information Commissioner and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Nameeta currently volunteers at the Toongabbie Legal Centre. Nameeta graduated with a Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Sydney and Graduate Certificate in Human Rights from the University of Sydney. Nameeta is interested in issues concerning access to justice.

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Kate Marchesi - QLD Convenor

Kate Marchesi is a Brisbane based lawyer and a committed advocate for women and girls rights. Kate is the founder of Young Queenslanders for the Right to Choose and organisation whose tireless work has been instrumental in the campaign to decriminalise abortion in QLD. Kate's full bio will be uploaded soon.

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Inez Botta-Stanwell - QLD Convenor

Inez holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Government and International Relations from Griffith University. Recently graduated, Inez is to be admitted as a solicitor in Queensland this year and currently works in a law firm in Brisbane. Inez has volunteer and internship experience with a number of organisations in Australia and overseas that promote awareness and reform in the area of human rights, including Amnesty International, Caxton Legal Centre, and the Refugee and Immigration Legal Service. Her interest in socio-legal issues and the protection of human rights was the motive behind her choice to study law.

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Alexandra Lontos - SA Convenor

Alexandra Lontos
Alexandra is a solicitor at MinterEllison, practicing primarily in the South Australian Employment Tribunal. She holds a Bachelor of International Politics and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Adelaide. Her studies primarily focused on human rights issues which was strengthened by her international development studies at the University of Cambridge, involvement in the International Humanitarian Law Red Cross Moot and participation in the international UN Youth Australia delegation. Alexandra’s passion for human rights expanded through her volunteer work at JusticeNet SA and her involvement with various social justice organisations in South Australia.

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Johanna Byrne - Tas Convenor

Johanna was admitted as a solicitor in 2017 in Western Australia and currently works at Rae & Partners Lawyers, Launceston in the commercial team. She was the National Indigenous Law Student of the Year in 2016.
Her interests in Human Rights originated prior to her studying law when she worked with vulnerable members of the community who were caught up within the criminal justice system. Johanna’s honours thesis was on section 32 of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 NSW. She is particularly interested in Indigenous rights and the rights of those people who suffer from mental health issues.

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Bethany Moore - VIC Convenor

Bethany holds a Juris Doctor from the University of New South Wales and works as a class actions lawyer at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers in Melbourne. She is particularly interested in access to justice, corporate/ government accountability and land rights.

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Adaena Sinclair-Blakemore - VIC Convenor

Adaena holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Arts (French Studies & Italian Studies) from the University of Western Australia. Adaena currently works as a Graduate in a commercial law firm in Melbourne and will be admitted as a solicitor later this year. She has a strong interest in international law. She has interned in the judges' chambers of the International Criminal Court and during her time at university was the Editor of the Melbourne Journal of International Law and worked as a research assistant at the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law. She is particularly interested in the influence of international law on domestic human rights laws and she used her knowledge of international law to contribute to ALHR's submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission regarding Australia's implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. She has held volunteering positions with Refugee Legal, Ignite Mentoring and the Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning Program.

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Megan Healy - WA Convenor

Megan was admitted to practise as a barrister and solicitor in Western Australia in 2015. For three years, Megan practised in native title, acting for Traditional Owners in regional Western Australia while working for a Native Title Representative Body. She is currently employed by the Department of Justice. Megan is particularly interested in Indigenous rights, discrimination and criminal justice reform. Megan graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts in 2014. Megan has volunteered with organisations within the community legal and human rights sector including the Environmental Defender’s Office WA, Welfare Rights and Advocacy Service and Australian Red Cross. She is particularly interested in Indigenous rights and refugee rights.

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Alexandria Bishop - WA Convenor

Alexandria Bishop is an Associate in the International Arbitration Group at Clifford Chance. Alexandria has previously volunteered for community legal centres and was an active member of the Law Society of WA's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Committee, Access to Justice Committee and the Aboriginal Incarceration and Justice Reinvestment Working Group. She was also the Access to Justice Committee representative for the Law Access Stakeholder Advisory Group, which informs the work of Law Access, an organisation that matches applications for pro bono legal assistance from vulnerable individuals to pro bono lawyers. Alexandria is passionate about addressing human rights issues and improving access to the justice system in Australia.

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Zubayr Abrahams - WA Convenor

Zubayr Abrahams holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Murdoch University and is currently undertaking a Masters of Laws at the University of Western Australia. Zubayr is a disputes lawyer in the Projects, Infrastructure and Construction Group at MinterEllison and has volunteered with community legal centres including the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency in the Northern Territory. Zubayr has an interest in public law, international human rights law, international environmental law, global governance, socio-legal studies and legal and regulatory theory. He was awarded a Geneva International Human Rights Scholarship in 2014 and a Commonwealth New Colombo Plan Scholarship in 2015.

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