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 over 24 years experience as an advocate.

Kerry has worked for top tier private firms and currently works as a human rights consultant in the civil society and NGO sector. She has extensive experience working within the policy and law reform space, in domestic and international advocacy campaigns and engaging with UN Special Procedures mechanisms.

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). She was a recipient of the The Children's Interests Bureau Prize at Flinders University. Kerry Co-Chairs ALHR's Children's Rights Subcommittee and Co-Convenes the Human Rights for NSW Alliance. As president, Kerry Chairs ALHR's Executive Management Committee which oversees the organisations governance and strategic direction. She also Chairs the ALHR National Committee.

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Nicholas Stewart - Vice President

Nicholas is a partner at Dowson Turco Lawyers, a boutique and prominent LGBTIQA+ law firm in Macquarie Street, Sydney. He was formerly an intellectual property lawyer at an Australian top tier corporate firm, and Corporate Counsel at a large telecommunications company. Since leaving commercial law, Nicholas has focussed his work on criminal law. At Dowson Turco Lawyers. Nicholas heads up the indictable crime team and regularly appears in the Local and District Courts of NSW and the Children’s Court of NSW.

Nicholas also manages a human rights practice, and takes carriage of complex cases involving LGBTIQA+ discrimination, bullying and vilification, as well as hate crimes. In this regard, Nicholas led the campaign for two parliamentary inquiries, and the recently announced special commission of inquiry into NSW's dark history of gay and transgender murders.

Nicholas is Vice President of New Theatre Sydney, Chair of the Women's Advancement Subcommittee within the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Law Society of NSW, and a Friend of Distinction at University of Technology, Sydney. He is also a former director of Rainbow Families NSW and previously a long-standing pro bono lawyer at the Inner City Legal Centre. 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 is a longstanding co-chair of the ALHR LGBTIQA+ Rights Committee and prior to taking up the Vice Presidency in 2022 has also contributed to ALHR's governance and strategic direction as a member of the ALHR Executive Management Committee.

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Anna Kennet - Secretary

Anna was admitted to practice in 2006 and currently works for the South Australian government in Adelaide. She holds a number of academic qualifications including a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Laws specialising in international law and human rights. She has held a number of board positions in not for profit organisations including the Alliance for Gambling Reform and SHine SA. Anna has a passionate interest in social justice and grassroots advocacy which has seen her currently undertake work to form a new not for profit focussing on gambling rehabilitation and assistance services for women.

Anna is the national secretary of ALHR, a South Australian Convenor and a member of the ALHR Women and Girls Rights Subcommittee. As Secretary, Anna sits on ALHR the Executive Management Committee.

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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.

Katherine has been a highly valued member of the ALHR Executive for four years and in her role as treasurer sits on the Executive Management Committee overseeing ALHR's governance and strategic direction.

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Valerie Heath - Executive Management Committee

Valerie is a barrister at the NSW Bar (called 1994) and an Australian legal practitioner (since 1990). She has a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Laws from UNSW, a Graduate Diploma (PLT) from UTS and a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney. She practices in insurance, administrative and commercial law, professional liability, professional and sports licensing and disciplinary matters and in general practice.

Valerie has advised and appeared in disability and racial discrimination claims and in judicial review proceedings against government and statutory authorities. She is a past Secretary and past Vice-President of NSW Women Lawyers and a past member of a NSW Bar Professional Conduct Committee.

Valerie has been a member of the NSW Bar Accessibility Panel since 2019. Valerie has a keen interest in the protection of civil and political rights of the individual and transparency and accountability of government. In particular, Valerie is interested in the human rights implications of data collection, data matching, surveillance and algorithmic decision-making and the need for strong, independent, investigative corruption watchdogs and other checks on the abuse of power.

At ALHR, Valerie is a member of the Executive Management Committee overseeing ALHR's strategic direction and governance as well as a Senior Chair of the Freedoms Committee.

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Dr Hannah Tonkin - Executive Management Committee

Dr Hannah Tonkin is a barrister at Hanson Chambers in Adelaide and Garden Court Chambers in London. She previously worked for the United Nations and other international organisations in a wide range of different contexts around the world, including Rwanda, Syria, Gaza, Sierra Leone and the former Yugoslavia.

Hannah also has extensive experience teaching public international law and human rights, including on the master's programmes at the University of Oxford and the American University of Paris.

Hannah holds a master's degree and PhD in public international law from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and an Honours degree in Law and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Adelaide. Hannah’s book, "State Control over Private Military and Security Companies in Armed Conflict", was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011.

In addition to her role as a Senior Co-Chaihttps://alhr.org.au/wp/wp-admin/post.php?post=6&action=editr of the ALHR Women and Girls' Rights Committee, Hannah is a member of the ALHR Executive Management Committee overseeing ALHR's strategic direction and governance.

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Dr Natalia Szablewska - Executive Management Committee

Natalia has 20 years’ experience spanning the public sector, governmental and non-governmental organisations and academia in five countries. She is currently Professor in Law and Society at The Open University (UK), with further academic affiliations in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, Cambodia and France, as well as she serves on the Modern Slavery Advisory Leaderships Group to the New Zealand Government. She has published widely and presented internationally for academic and non-academic audiences (over 100 outputs). She specialises in public international law with a particular focus on human rights, and her most recent projects examine the linkages between business and human rights, modern slavery and sustainable development.

In addition to serving on the ALHR Executive Management Committee, Natalia is a Senior Co-Chair of ALHR's Business and Human Rights Committee.

Andrea Rogers - Executive Management Committee


Anthony Hallal - Executive Management Committee

In addition to his role on the Executive Management Committee at ALHR, Anthony is a lawyer at Hall & Wilcox and a tutor with the Law Faculty at Monash University. He is also on the editorial board for one of the International Law Association's official publications. Anthony has a Master of Laws (LLM) in Transnational Law from King's College London, a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Monash University and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights Theory from Monash University. During his LLM at King's College London, Anthony specialised in human rights law. He was awarded the university's Prize for the Best Student on the LLM in Transnational Law in recognition of ranking first in his subjects and first in the LLM cohort overall. Anthony has also been awarded the Sir Owen Dixon Prize for International Law (supported by the International Commission of Jurists), the LexisNexis Prize for Research and Writing, the Monash Global Scholarship on two occasions, and the Nicholas Auden International Study Scholarship.

Anthony consistently contributes to Hall & Wilcox's pro bono practice, and he has previously contributed to the human rights work of other organisations including the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. Anthony has authored and co-authored a number of articles and he has presented his human rights research at conferences around the world. Anthony's interests and experience cover a broad range of areas within the general field of international human rights law, including non-discrimination rights, LGBTI+ rights, children's rights, business and human rights, rights to social security, and the human rights of vulnerable individuals in the context of the criminal justice system, medical treatment and employment.

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Goergia Burke - Executive Management Committee

Georgia has been involved with ALHR as either a student or practitioner since 2013. In 2015/2016 she spent twelve months as a Tasmanian Co-Convenor, before moving on to the LGBTI Subcommittee, which she has proudly chaired with Co-Chair Nicholas Stewart since 2018. Since then, she has worked to pursue post-marriage equality law reform affecting the LGBTI community.

By day, Georgia is a family lawyer with Holmes Donnelly & Co Solicitors in Sydney, having relocated from Tasmania in early 2020. Georgia was an Out for Australia 30 under 30 award recipient in 2019 in recognition of her contributions to the LGBTI community, and Lawyers Weekly 30 under 30 Finalist in 2020 in the Family Law category. Georgia is also a member of the New South Wales Young Lawyers Family Law Committee.

In addition to sitting on ALHR's Executive Management Committee, Georgia is a Senior Co-Chair of ALHR's LGBTIQA+ Committee

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Naomi Gould - Human Rights Act Chair

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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Natalie Wade - Disability Rights Chair

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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Valerie Heath - Freedoms Chair

Valerie is a barrister at the NSW Bar (called 1994) and an Australian legal practitioner (since 1990). She has a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Laws from UNSW, a Graduate Diploma (PLT) from UTS and a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney. Valerie joined ALHR as a member in 2018 and has enjoyed working with the incomparable Tamsin Clarke and Nicholas Stewart and other tireless ALHR contributors on submissions and public presentations for ALHR since that time.

She practices in insurance, administrative and commercial law, professional liability, professional and sports licensing and disciplinary matters and in general practice. She has advised and appeared in disability and racial discrimination claims and in judicial review proceedings against government and statutory authorities. She is a past Secretary and past Vice-President of NSW Women Lawyers and a past member of a NSW Bar Professional Conduct Committee.

Valerie has been a member of the NSW Bar Accessibility Panel since 2019. Valerie has a keen interest in the protection of civil and political rights of the individual and transparency and accountability of government. In particular, Valerie is interested in the human rights implications of data collection, data matching, surveillance and algorithmic decision-making and the need for strong, independent, investigative corruption watchdogs and other checks on the abuse of power.

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Dr Tania Penovic - Women and Girls' Rights Co-Chair

Tania is a legal academic with expertise in access to justice, gender equality and the human rights of vulnerable groups. She commences as an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University in October 2022, having served the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University for nine years as Deputy Director and two years as research group leader in gender and sexuality.
Tania’s qualifications include a Masters in International Human Rights Law (with Distinction) from the University of Oxford and PhD from Monash University and she has won awards for research impact, curriculum design and excellence in teaching. Tania has represented asylum seekers through her volunteer work at the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (Melbourne) and Citizens Advice Bureau (UK). She has designed and delivered units in Vietnam National University’s Master of Laws and provided human rights training to judges and government officials from Australia, Indonesia and Iraq.

Tania’s research has been cited by the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia and relied upon in submissions to international courts including the European Court of Human Rights. Tania has provided numerous submissions to state, federal and international inquiries into law reform and human rights which have been cited in federal and state parliaments and reports of the UN Human Rights Council are associated with legislative change.

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Dr Hannah Tonkin - Women and Girls' Rights Co-Chair

Dr Hannah Tonkin is a barrister at Hanson Chambers in Adelaide and Garden Court Chambers in London. She previously worked for the United Nations and other international organisations in a wide range of different contexts around the world, including Rwanda, Syria, Gaza, Sierra Leone and the former Yugoslavia.

Hannah also has extensive experience teaching public international law and human rights, including on the master's programmes at the University of Oxford and the American University of Paris.

Hannah holds a master's degree and PhD in public international law from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and an Honours degree in Law and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Adelaide. Hannah’s book, "State Control over Private Military and Security Companies in Armed Conflict", was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011.

In addition to her role as a Senior Co-Chaihttps://alhr.org.au/wp/wp-admin/post.php?post=6&action=editr of the ALHR Women and Girls' Rights Committee, Hannah is a member of the ALHR Executive Management Committee overseeing ALHR's strategic direction and governance.

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Cassandra Bourke - Women and Girls' Rights Co-Chair

Cassandra was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in 2013 and later entered in the Register of Practitioners of the High Court of Australia. She has over ten years' experience in law, project management and international development, empowering women and girls to defend and advocate for their rights and to seek justice in circumstances where their rights have been abused.

Cassandra has worked in international institutions in France, including the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, as well as human rights/development organisations in Uganda and Togo. She is currently a lawyer at Anti-Slavery Australia, a specialist legal practice, research and policy centre, where she provides advice and support to survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery.

Cassandra holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Technology, Sydney and is currently undertaking a Master of Law and Development at the University of Melbourne with a focus on international human rights.

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Elaine Stops - Women and Girls' and Rights Deputy Chair

Elaine is a feminist and has a passion for women’s rights. She has been a member of the ALHR Women and Girls’ Rights Committee since its inception and has contributed to a number of submissions and projects that the committee has worked on so far. She currently works at the Attorney-General’s Department and has a background in commercial litigation in private practice.

Elaine has also been extensively involved in pro bono projects including considering the rights of Bangladeshi women in live-in domestic work settings in the Middle East, and a secondment to the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service where she represented female Aboriginal clients on a number of issues, including sex and race discrimination. She is currently studying a Master of Human Rights Law and is very excited for her upcoming unit on gender and human rights.

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Dr Natalia Szablewska - Business and Human Rights Co-Chair

Natalia has 20 years’ experience spanning the public sector, governmental and non-governmental organisations and academia in five countries. She is currently Professor in Law and Society at The Open University (UK), with further academic affiliations in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, Cambodia and France, as well as she serves on the Modern Slavery Advisory Leaderships Group to the New Zealand Government. She has published widely and presented internationally for academic and non-academic audiences (over 100 outputs). She specialises in public international law with a particular focus on human rights, and her most recent projects examine the linkages between business and human rights, modern slavery and sustainable development.

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 and the British House of Commons. She has worked for over 10 years in Cambodia, including in developing the first Master’s Programme in Human Rights in Cambodia (at Cambodian Mekong University), and since 2016 has been an Adjunct Professor with the Centre for the Study of Humanitarian Law, a Cambodian human rights academic centre, based at the Royal University of Law and Economics.

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Lara Douvartzidis - Business and Human Rights Co-Chair


Millie Jones - Business and Human Rights Youth Chair

Millie holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Bond University, where she graduated with a specialisation in international and comparative law in early 2021. Since that time, Millie has worked as a Law Graduate in a leading corporate M&A team in Brisbane, before serving as the Associate to a Queensland District Court Judge. Alongside this, Millie is currently engaged as a graduate research assistant at Bond University. Her personal research interests lie in the intersection between sports business and human rights, forming the focus of her Honours Thesis which received the 2021 Paul Trisley Award from the Australian New Zealand Sports Law Association.

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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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Nicholas Stewart - LGBTI Rights Co-Chair

Nicholas is a partner at Dowson Turco Lawyers, a boutique and prominent LGBTIQA+ law firm in Macquarie Street, Sydney. He was formerly an intellectual property lawyer at an Australian top tier corporate firm, and Corporate Counsel at a large telecommunications company. Since leaving commercial law, Nicholas has focussed his work on criminal law. At Dowson Turco Lawyers. Nicholas heads up the indictable crime team and regularly appears in the Local and District Courts of NSW and the Children’s Court of NSW.

Nicholas also manages a human rights practice, and takes carriage of complex cases involving LGBTIQA+ discrimination, bullying and vilification, as well as hate crimes. In this regard, Nicholas led the campaign for two parliamentary inquiries, and the recently announced special commission of inquiry into NSW's dark history of gay and transgender murders.

Nicholas is Vice President of New Theatre Sydney, Chair of the Women's Advancement Subcommittee within the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Law Society of NSW, and a Friend of Distinction at University of Technology, Sydney. He is also a former director of Rainbow Families NSW and previously a long-standing pro bono lawyer at the Inner City Legal Centre.

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.

In addition to co-chairing the ALHR LGBTIQA+ Rights Committee, Nicholas is ALHR Vice President and prior to taking up that role has contributed to ALHR's governance and strategic direction as a member of the ALHR Executive Management Committee.

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Georgia Burke - LGBTI Rights Co-Chair

Georgia has been involved with ALHR as either a student or practitioner since 2013. In 2015/2016 she spent twelve months as a Tasmanian Co-Convenor, before moving on to the LGBTI Subcommittee, which she has proudly chaired with Co-Chair Nicholas Stewart since 2018. Since then, she has worked to pursue post-marriage equality law reform affecting the LGBTI community.

By day, Georgia is a family lawyer with Holmes Donnelly & Co Solicitors in Sydney, having relocated from Tasmania in early 2020. Georgia was an Out for Australia 30 under 30 award recipient in 2019 in recognition of her contributions to the LGBTI community, and Lawyers Weekly 30 under 30 Finalist in 2020 in the Family Law category. Georgia is also a member of the New South Wales Young Lawyers Family Law Committee.

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Jessica Bayley - Refugee Rights Co-Chair

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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Caitlin Caldwell - Refugee Rights Co-Chair

Caitlin is a solicitor and registered migration agent from Sydney. She currently volunteers at the Toongabbie Legal Centre and runs pro bono migration cases for organisations supporting refugees and asylum seekers in New South Wales. Caitlin graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of International Studies and Laws, and from the Australian National University with a Master of Legal Practice. She has interned at the UNHCR and the Refugee Advice and Casework Service and is interested in issues concerning international refugee and asylum seeker policy.

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Kerry Weste - Children's Rights 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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Huong Tran - Environment and Human Rights Co-Chair

Huong works with the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions to strengthen collaboration between national human rights institutions and inter-governmental mechanisms in the Pacific and South-East Asia sub-regions to address the human rights impacts of environmental harm and climate change.

Huong holds a Master of Laws (LLM), Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Bachelor of Science (Bsc) degree. Huong also holds a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) and is admitted as a lawyer in Australia.

Huong has provided legal and policy advice on climate displacement, environmental crimes and climate litigation. She has also worked on access to justice and human rights projects in the Asia Pacific region, including advocating for women's human rights and the protection of human rights defenders and refugees in the Asia Pacific region.

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Chris Caskey - Environment and Human Rights Co-Chair

Chris Caskey is an international lawyer and assistant manager with EY’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services team in Sydney, where he assists some of Australia’s largest clients in solving issues relating to human rights, sustainability and climate change. Prior to this role, Chris served as a legal consultant to the Centre for Civil and Political Rights (CCPR Centre) in Geneva, working towards enhancing NGO and other human rights defender engagement at the UN Human Rights Committee, as well as publishing research on the movement of human rights jurisprudence at the universal level.

Chris received his LLM (magna cum laude) in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in 2020. During this period, he focussed his research on the intersection of climate change, human rights and migration, and published his thesis titled ‘Non-refoulement and environmental degradation: examining the entry points and improving access to protection’ with the Global Migration Centre, with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) later that year.
Chris is a passionate advocate for improving access to protections afforded by the universal level in domestic contexts and is excited to see the developing relationship between climate change and human rights increase the urgency of public, private and multilateral responses to our climate crisis.

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Fia Hamid-Walker - Environment and Human Rights Co-Chair

Fia Hamid-Walker is a political ecologist, international human rights advocate, and Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) scholar. In the past seven years, Fia’s career has spanned the legal, international development and humanitarian sectors. Fia has worked with community legal centres as a legal researcher and advocate specialising in police accountability and prisoners’ rights. Fia has also worked for Australian and Southeast Asian-based humanitarian and human rights organisations. Fia has completed a number of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade gender and poverty reduction projects in Indonesia. Fia worked with the Australian Red Cross as Vulnerable People in Emergencies project officer during the Black Summer bushfires 2019/20, and then as COVID-19 Response Program officer. Fia has contributed to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)’s Human Rights Translated – A Business Reference Guide 2016 with the Castan Centre for Human Rights.

Fia completed her Bachelor of law degrees from the University of Airlangga, Indonesia and Monash University, Australia. Fia has a Masters of Development Studies (First Class Honours) from the University of Melbourne. Fia is also an Impact and Evaluation Analyst with the Australian Conservation Foundation. Fia has written regularly for the Jakarta Post and a guest lecturer on International Law and Decolonisation at the Airlangga University, Indonesia.

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Annika Reynolds - Environment and Human Rights Youth-Chair

Annika Reynolds is a non-binary person emerging as a young leader in the environmental justice movement, advocating for an inclusive vision of climate justice. They are the Founder and CEO of GreenLaw, a youth-led law research institute that is empowering the next generation of lawyers to tackle the climate crisis. Annika is also a Board Director for Zero Emissions Noosa Inc, working at the grassroots level to support a just transition to a carbon zero society.

Annika is a published researcher on public interest environmental litigation, the human right to a healthy environment and the impact of climate change in the South Pacific. In 2019-2020, they were a Research Assistant to Dr Peter Burnett on Australia-first analysis into Federal Environment Department decision-making practices, and in 2020 were appointed a Legal Research Consultant to the Australian Conservation Foundation.

External to their legal advocacy, Annika is the Co-Founder of the Rainbow Bee-Eaters LGBTIQA+ Group, which is an ACT based network for Queer people to connect to community and nature. They are in their final year of a Laws (Hons)/International Security Studies Double Degree, with a minor in Korean, at the Australian National University. In 2021, Annika was also named The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG Scholar by the Pinnacle Foundation, for overcoming diversity and their leadership within the Queer community.

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Claudia Hodge - Environment and Human Rights Youth-Chair

Claudia Hodge is a fifth year Bachelor of Laws and Art Bachelor of Laws (Honours) / Bachelor of Arts (majoring in International Development Studies and minoring in Economics) at the Australian National University in Canberra. She is a Tuckwell Scholarship Recipient. Claudia is a Volunteer Research Assistant at the Environmental Defender’s Office (ACT) where she is involved in undertaking high-impact research projects on climate change and in assisting the EDO to prepare for litigation. She also currently works as a Law Interpretation Officer at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

Claudia has been a Volunteer Paralegal at the Youth Law Centre, Legal Aid (ACT), a Peer Writer with the ANU Academic Skills Centre. In 2020 she undertook the East Yangon University Externship (Myanmar) focused on tourism, the environment and
sustainable development. In 2019 Claudia was an intern at the Attorney
General’s Department (Office of International Law) (AGD-OIL). In 2017 Claudia was selected for the Indigenous Community-Outreach Program (Mutitjulu, NT) in the remote Mutitjulu community in the Northern Territory. She has been an Academic Advisor at John XXIII College, ANU and a Student Ambassador for the ANU.

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VACANT - Seeking EOIs - Economis, Social & Cultural Rights Chair

If you are interested in applying for this role please send an EOI including CV and cover letter to president@alhr.org.au

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Jessica Elliott - ACT Convenor


Sophie Trevitt - ACT Convenor

Sophie Trevitt is a Canberra based community lawyer who is Executive Officer at Change the Record, Australia’s only national Aboriginal led justice coalition of Aboriginal peak bodies and non-Indigenous allies. Sophie works every day to end the incarceration of, and family violence against, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Previously Sophie has been a lawyer at Canberra Community Law and prior to that worked in the Northern Territory with incarcerated children or children at risk of incarceration. She has worked in a wide range of areas in civil law including housing and homelessness, Centrelink, police accountability, discrimination and employment law. Sophie is a strong advocate for reforming the youth justice system to embrace restorative and therapeutic practices rather than the exist punitive model. As a progressive jurisdiction, and one with a Human Rights Act, Sophie sees the ACT as an important site of potential law reform. 

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Tayla Jaffe - NSW Convenor

Talya Jaffe is a fifth-year Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of International Relations Students at the Australian National University and she is due to graduate in the middle of 2022. Since learning about the criminal justice system in school, Talya developed a strong interest in advocating for, and learning more about, alternative means of sentencing to improve recidivism rates and protect those members of society who are more vulnerable from being exposed and stuck in the cycle of the prison system. Throughout her degree, she has been interested in advocating for such a reform, and ALHR provides a perfect platform to do so. Throughout Talya’s studies, she has maintained the goal of working in criminal law after her graduation and advocating for the rights of women and children, particularly focusing on juvenile crime and justice for victims of domestic violence.

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Sarah Bartrim - NSW Convenor

Having completed her LLB at the University of Queensland in 2015, Sarah is currently working as a Solicitor with NTSCORP Limited, the native title service provider for NSW and the ACT. Sarah was selected for the Aurora Internship Program, completing a dual internship at Aboriginal Legal Services (NSW/ACT) Ltd and NTSCORP Limited in 2016, which sparked her ongoing interest in the Aboriginal legal sector and particularly in native title.

Sarah has previously volunteered with the Unrepresented Asylum Seekers Project through the Indooroopilly Uniting Church and Refugee and Immigration Legal Service (RAILS) and the Environmental & Planning Law Committee within NSW Young Lawyers.

Sarah has also been an active member of ALHR's Business and Human Rights Subcommittee since 2017.

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Isobel Milnes - NT Convenor

Isobel was admitted as a lawyer in 2012 in Western Australia and is now an Alice Springs based lawyer. She is currently working as an in house lawyer at an Aboriginal community controlled health service, and has previously worked for native title representative bodies and an Aboriginal land council. She is currently completing a Master of Policy and Politics at Deakin University. Isobel is interested in addressing social and economic inequalities through law, advocacy and policy change.

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Anna Kennet - SA Convenor

Anna was admitted to practice in 2006 and currently works for the South Australian government in Adelaide. She holds a number of academic qualifications including a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Laws specialising in international law and human rights. She has held a number of board positions in not for profit organisations including the Alliance for Gambling Reform and SHine SA. Anna has a passionate interest in social justice and grassroots advocacy which has seen her currently undertake work to form a new not for profit focussing on gambling rehabilitation and assistance services for women.

In addition to being an ALHR SA Convenor, Anna is the national secretary of ALHR and a member of the ALHR Women and Girls Rights Subcommittee

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VACANT - Vic Convenor

If you are interested in applying for this role please send an EOI including CV and cover letter to president@alhr.org.au

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Ella Furlong - QLD Convenor

Ella Furlong is a lawyer with Clayton Utz in its Commercial Litigation team and holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), with an academic specialisation in public international law, and a Bachelor International Relations from Bond University. Ella's past experience includes working both in-house and in boutique private practice, and interning at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia to work on the prosecution of General Ratko Mladic, one of the largest international criminal trials in modern history. She has also previously volunteered for Amnesty International Australia, knowmore Legal Service and Women's Legal Service Queensland. Ella is particularly interested in the access to justice for victims of sexual and gender-based violence, and its intersection with international criminal law.

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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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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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Georgia Kalyniuk - WA Convenor

Georgia Kalyniuk is a final year student at Murdoch University due to graduate in 2019 with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts in International Development with a minor in Asian Studies. Georgia also undertook studies in Social Development and Public Policy at City University in Hong Kong in 2016. During her studies at Murdoch, Georgia completed their Geneva Human Rights Law program and has been a long-time volunteer at SCALES Human Rights and Refugee Law Clinic. She has founded an alumni network for the Geneva program aimed to promote ongoing human rights law interest in law students and recent graduates. Georgia was previously the State Director of World Vision Australia’s youth movement in WA.
She is due to start as a graduate at Herbert Smith Freehills in 2020 and will be admitted as a lawyer in the WA. Georgia is particularly interested in business and human rights, refugee and migrant rights, and increasing the accessibility of the Australian justice system.

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