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: Simon Bruck
Vice Chair: Sean Bowes
Secretary: Samantha O'Donnell

What’s happening

Please visit our Facebook page to view our upcoming events.

When do we meet?

20 February 2020 6:15pm

19 March 2020 6:15pm

16 April 2020 6:15pm

21 May 2020 6:15pm

18 June 2020 6:15pm

16 July 2020 6:15pm

20 August 2020 6:15pm

17 September 2020 6:15pm

15 October 2020 6:15pm

19 November 2020 6:15pm

Please note: NSW Young Lawyers committee meetings are currently being hosted via Zoom. To find out more information about our meetings visit our Facebook page or email