ALHR Event: Zoom discussion on COVID-19 and its human rights dimensions

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant effect on individuals, communities and governments.  Please join ALHR for a Zoom panel discussion to discuss the impact of the virus on our economic, social, cultural, and civil and political rights.  The discussion will have a particular focus on the impact of the virus on the human rights of vulnerable groups such as asylum seekers.  We will also be considering the government’s response to COVID-19 particularly in respect of the introduction of the COVIDSafe app.

Thursday, 4 June 2020 at 6:30PM 

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Michelle Falstein, Secretary, NSW Council for Civil Liberties

Michelle has practiced as a solicitor in Sydney’s CBD for over 30 years and has Bachelors degrees, in Arts/Law (UNSW) and Science (USYD), and a Masters in Environmental Law (USYD). She rejoined NSWCCL in 2016; was appointed to the committee in 2018; and is currently the convenor of the Privacy committee.  She has recently contributed to a podcast on “Privacy and trust: The COVID-19 tracking app”, available at:

Jessica Bayley, Chair of ALHR’s Refugee Rights Committee

Jessica, who was admitted as a lawyer in Western Australia in 2010 and became a registered Migration Agent in 2015, is the Chair of ALHR’s national Refugee Rights Committee. She is the Senior Civil and Migration Lawyer at Law Access, which coordinates pro bono referrals in Western Australia. She is currently a Masters of Law candidate at The University of Melbourne with a focus on international human rights law.

Maria Wallis, Legal Aid NSW Criminal Law Solicitor

Maria was admitted as a lawyer in New South Wales in 2015 and is currently completing her Master of Laws (Criminal Practice) at the University of Wollongong. Maria been practicing as a solicitor in the criminal law division of Legal Aid NSW since 2018, prior to which she was an Associate to Judge Zahra of the NSW District Court. Maria also has experience in family, civil and commercial law.