Human Rights


What we do

The Human Rights Committee (HRC) focuses on domestic and international human rights law and policy. The aim of the committee is to provide a space for young lawyers and law students to network, discuss human rights law, gain career insights and opportunities, increase their knowledge of topical issues, and advance human rights.

Our initiatives

  • The Human Rights Committee runs a number of award-winning projects aimed at increasing access to justice and advancing the protection and promotion of human rights within Australia and internationally. An example being the committee’s Refugee Assistance Project, which was awarded the NSW Young Lawyer’s Patron Award for Best Community Project in both 2016 and 2017.
  • The committee regularly host speaker events featuring leading human rights barristers and lawyers on topical issues aimed at educating the profession and community.
  • The committee hosts networking and career events to enable young lawyers and law students to meet pre-eminent human rights lawyers and gain insights on career paths and opportunities. Members are also welcome to attend the committee’s annual social events which include speed networking and trivia.
  • The Human Rights Committee take an active role in law reform and policy, commenting on legislative and policy changes that have human rights implications at the Federal and State levels.
  • Lawyers engage in mock hearings ran by judges, barristers and solicitors and are provided with feedback in an informal environment.


Who we are

Chair: Maria Nawaz
Vice Chair: Simon Bruck
Secretary: Joanna Williams

What’s happening

Please visit our Facebook page to view our upcoming events

Visit our committee newsletter for submissions, articles and more

When do we meet?

21 February 2019 6:00pm

13 March 2019 6:00pm

10 April 2019 6:00pm

5 May 2019 6:00pm

12 June 2019 6:00pm

10 July 2019 6:00pm

14 August 2019 6:00pm

11 September 2019 6:00pm

9 October 2019 6:00pm

13 November 2019 6:00pm