AHRCentre Director Andrea Durbach shortlisted for Human Rights Award

Congratulations to AHRCentre Director Professor Andrea Durbach who has been named as a finalist for the 2013 Australian Human Rights Law Award.

Andrea Durbach is a Professor of Law at UNSW and the Director of the Australian Human Rights Centre.

Professor  Durbach has had an extraordinary career promoting and advancing human rights. As a young lawyer in South Africa she represented 25 black defendants in the notorious Upington death penalty case in South Africa. After leaving South Africa in 1989, she worked at Freehill Hollingdale & Page before joining the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) where she established the Homeless Persons’ Legal Service and led the establishment of the Public Interest Law Clearing House. At PIAC, Professor Durbach also led important work to promote justice for members of the Stolen Generations and initiated a number of significant human rights cases in relation to disability discrimination and sex discrimination. In 2004 Professor Durbach took up an appointment at UNSW Law School. She also served as Deputy Sex Discrimination Officer for the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2011 and 2012. At UNSW Andrea Durbach is the Director of the Australian Human Rights Law Centre where she continues to work to promote public awareness and academic scholarship about domestic and international human rights standards, laws and procedures.

Also shortlisted for the Australian Human Rights Law Award are Judge Joe Harman, Robert Reed, and Tamar Hopkins.

The Awards will be presented on 10 December at the Museum of Contemporary Art.