MSt IHRL (Dist.)(Oxon), LLB (Hons I)(SCU), GDLP (ANU), BA (Hist.)(Murdoch), Dip. Counselling (Sophia College)
Benedict is a human rights lawyer and advocate based at a boutique firm in Brisbane. He runs a human rights advocacy and litigation practice with a wide array of public interest cases including. Benedict has been an ALHR member since 2008 and actively involved since 2012 and he absolutely loves it!
Benedict graduated from Southern Cross University in 2010 with first class honours, a University Medal for outstanding academic achievement and various other awards. In March 2016, Benedict graduated from a Master of Studies (MSt) in International Human Rights Law (IHRL) at the University of Oxford graduating with Distinction (highest award).
In 2011, Benedict was Associate to Justice Bromberg on the Federal Court of Australia in Melbourne. Benedict was admitted to legal practice in November 2011 and has admission to practice in Queensland, Victoria and the Federal and High Courts of Australia.
In 2014, Benedict was awarded the national Emerging Lawyer of the Year Award by the Australian Lawyer’s Alliance and Amnesty International. In the same year, he was awarded two 2014 Southern Cross University Young Alumnus of the Year Awards. In 2013, Benedict initiated and was part of the Baby Ferouz legal team (which ran a number of High Court and Federal Circuit Court challenges for asylum seeker rights). The Baby Ferouz legal team was awarded the 2015 Australian Lawyers Alliance (Qld) Civil Justice Award.
Benedict is frequently published on and invited to speak at various Universities and public events on topical issues in human rights law. In December 2014, Benedict initiated national ALHR Human Rights Act subcommittee and over the past 20 months he has been a central part of spearheading the exciting successful campaign for a Queensland Charter of Rights.
Benedict also holds the following extracurricular appointments:
• Member of the Policy Advisory Council of the Grata Fund for Public Interest Litigation;
• Member of the Digital Rights Watch Advisory Council;
• Board Member of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA).