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 over 2,600 Australian lawyers, barristers, judicial officers, legal academics and law students, with active National, State and Territory 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.
  • Assist victims of human rights violations in Australia.

Through the provision of training, education, publications, CLE courses, conferences, seminars, mentoring and internships, 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

Nathan Kennedy - President

Nathan Kennedy
Nathan was admitted as a solicitor in 2000. He holds an LLM (Human Rights & Social Justice) during which he undertook research into anti-terrorism laws and made a submission to the Human Rights Consultation in 2009. He also has an interest in child rights and refugees. He undertook an internship with the Australian Red Cross producing a research paper on the guardianship and rights of unaccompanied minors in immigration. He has appeared before the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in October 2011. Nathan also volunteers at the Marrickville Legal Centre and the Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS).

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Roslyn Cook - Vice President

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Scott Calnan - Secretary

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Jenny Leo - Treasurer

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- Ordinary Members -


Natalie Wade - Ordinary Member (Disability Rights)

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Tamsin Clarke - Ordinary Member (Freedoms)

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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Kerry Weste - Ordinary Member (Fundraising) / NSW Convenor

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Benedict Coyne - Ordinary Member (Human Rights Act) / QLD Convenor

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Benedict is a human rights lawyer based in Brisbane and was admitted as a solicitor in 2011. Benedict graduated from Southern Cross University in 2010 with first class honours a University Medal for outstanding academic achievement. He recently completed a Master of Studies (MSt) in International Human Rights Law (IHRL) at the University of Oxford. In 2014, Benedict was awarded the 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 2011, Benedict was Associate to Justice Bromberg on the Federal Court of Australia (Melbourne) which included hearing the racial discrimination class action against Herald Sun columnist Andrew Bolt and assisting researching and drafting the highly topical judgment Eatock v Bolt [2011] FCA 1103 (28 September 2011). 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) that was awarded the 2015 Australian Lawyers Alliance (Qld) Civil Justice Award. More recently, Benedict has initiated a new national ALHR Human Rights Act subcommittee and he has been a central part of spearheading the exciting successful campaign for a Queensland Charter of Rights.

Nigel Craig - Ordinary Member (Indigenous Rights)

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Claire Hammerton - Ordinary Member (Refugees)

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Claire Hammerton is a human rights lawyer and was admitted as a solicitor in 2007. Since 2014, she has been Campaign Coordinator at ChilOut - Children Out of Immigration Detention. Claire started her career working in a large corporate law firm and as an associate to a Federal Court Judge. Since then, she has worked in a range of human rights roles both in Australia and overseas including UN Women, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the NSW Aboriginal Land Council. She has conducted international human rights advocacy before bodies including the UN Human Rights Council and the UN Child Rights Committee. In 2011, Claire was named ‘Up and Coming Woman Lawyer of the Year’ by the Women Lawyers Association of NSW. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and Arts from the University of NSW and a Masters of Laws, specialising in international human rights law, from Columbia University.

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- ACT -


Ben Ettinger - ACT Convenor

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- NSW -


Jarrah Ekstein - NSW Convenor

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Jarrah Ekstein works in the class actions team at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, volunteers at Inner City Legal Centre, and has been a convenor of ALHR NSW since 2013.

Her interest in human rights began in her pre-law life working in the community services sector with newly-arrived refugees, realising the importance of human rights law in protecting vulnerable people and holding governments accountable to international standards.

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Amy Sinclair - NSW Convenor

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Amy Sinclair joined ALHR's National Committee in April 2015 and Chairs the Business and Human Rights Sub-Committee.

Amy worked as a corporate lawyer for ten years with Clifford Chance (London and Hong Kong), Mallesons (Sydney) and Dibbs Barker (Sydney) during which time she gained extensive experience advising large international companies on a range of corporate issues. Following the crazy world of M&A and (possibly) even crazier world of life with young children, Amy is now focusing on her passion for business and human rights - she is a firm believer in the ability of companies to act as champions, not villains, in our modern, globalised world.

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Vicky Kuek - NSW Convenor


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- Queensland -


Seraphine Nolette - QLD Convenor


Greg Brown - QLD Convenor


- South Australia -


Holly Ritson - SA Convenor

Holly Ritson
Holly is a recent graduate in Law and Development Studies from the University of Adelaide and is currently teaching at the university while completing her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Holly has been involved in the South Australian branch since 2012, becoming a co-convenor of the branch in 2015. She has a particular interest in women's rights, human rights education and legislative protection of human rights.

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Sean O'Flaherty - SA Convenor


- Tasmania -


Georgia Burke - TAS Convenor

Georgia Burke
Georgia became involved in the Tasmanian branch of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights as a law student at the University of Tasmania. Now a practising family and criminal lawyer, she is glad to be part of the ALHR National Committee and hopes to give a voice to both local and national human rights issues.

Jessica Sabapathy - TAS Convenor


- Victoria -


Adam Gregory - Vic Convenor

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Katie Robertson - Vic Convenor

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- Western Australia -


Alan Watkins - WA Convenor

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Alan Watkins completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in political science and English from the University Western Australia and a Bachelor of Laws with honours from Edith Cowan University. Alan works in a small firm specializing in personal injury and criminal law. He also does pro bono work for a refugee-focussed community legal center and fosters dogs from a local animal rescue.

Nicholas Duff - WA Convenor

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