Human Rights

Human rights

The Human Rights Committee represents the Law Society and its members on policy and practice issues arising in relation to the obligations of Australia and NSW under international and domestic human rights law, and to uphold the rule of law. Our priorities include:

  • Developing and commenting on law reform and legal policy proposals (including preparing submissions, and liaising with government and other stakeholders in this process)
  • Educating the legal profession about changes to the law and the application of ADR, and providing guidance on practice and other issues
  • Exchanging information about issues arising in legal practice (such as recent case law) that may indicate a legal policy issue or concern

Learn more about committees
Current committee members
How to join a committee

Recent policy submissions

Letter to Law Council of Australia - Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill 2021 - 7 July 2021

Letter to Law Council of Australia - Stage 2 of the Review of the Model Defamation Provisions - 19 May 2021

Letter to Portfolio Committee No. 3 - Education - Education Legislation Amendment (Parental Rights) Bill 2020 - 18 May 2021

Letter to Select Committee on Job Security - 30 March 2021

Letter to Portfolio Committee No. 3 – Education - Parental Rights Bill 2020 - 25 February 2021

Letter to Department of Communities and Justice - Draft Persons with Disability (Regulation of Restrictive Practices) Bill 2021 - 18 February 2021

Letter to Joint Select Committee – Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Freedoms and Equality) Bill 2020 – 15 December 2020

Letter to Joint Select Committee – Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Freedoms and Equality) Bill 2020 – 27 November 2020

Letter to Law Council of Australia  – Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) Bill 2020 – 26 November 2020

Letter to Joint Select Committee - Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Freedoms and Equality) Bill 2020 - 20 August 2020

Letter to Law Council of Australia - Review of Declared Area Provisions - 30 July 2020

Letter to Law Council of Australia - ASIO Amendment Bill - 18 June 2020

Letter to Law Council of Australia - Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill - 12 June 2020

Letter to Law Council of Australia - Senate Select Committee on COVID-19 - 21 May 2020

Letter to Portfolio Committee No. 5 – Legal Affairs - Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Complaint Handling) Bill 2020 - 30 April 2020

Letter to Law Council of Australia - International Strategy on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery - 17 April 2020

Letter to Law Council of Australia - Council of Attorneys-General Age of Criminal Responsibility Working Group Review -14 February 2020

Letter to Law Council of Australia - Inquiry into a framework for autonomous sanctions under Australian law to target human rights abuses - 3 February 2020

Letter to Law Council - National Action Plan to Combat Modern Slavery 2020-2024 – Public Consultation Paper - 13 January 2020

Visit the Human Rights policy submissions archive

2021 Committee list

A. Mojtahedi (Chair), M. Nawaz (Dep Chair), J. Abraham, W. Ahmed, S. Bowes, S. Bruck, S. Calnan, S. Clarke, A. Drayton, S. Ek, F. Lay, J. Le, E. Leong, A. Levin, M. Markoulli (YL Rep), K. McKenzie, A. Newton, I. Reiss, A. Sage, A. Sinclair.

How to join a committee
Law Society Committees have powers, authorities and tasks delegated by the Council. Consisting of dedicated volunteers, each committee focuses on a particular area of law, pooling together specialist skills and experience in order to scrutinise legislation, court decisions and other government policies.
There are three broad categories of committees:

  • Regulatory committees – perform statutory duties under the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW)
  • Liaison committees – linked to other professions or organisations
  • Policy committees

By drawing on the insights of committees, the Law Society can meet its statutory duties and act as a major player in law reform and policy debates.

See the Law Society Committee webpage