I’m a Legal and Compliance Manager at Amnesty International (my title will soon change to ‘Legal and Governance Manager’). My role is akin to that of a general counsel.
To see that the human rights of every person in the world are protected and promoted.
I commissioned a report from Clayton Utz that reviewed the implementation of the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody recommendations by states, territories and the Federal Government.
I also worked with a team who built a scale replica of a Guantanamo Bay cell and toured it around the country to help people understand what it would be like to be detained there. We then shipped the cell to the US ahead of the 2008 Presidential elections, and Martin Sheen, Mark Ruffalo, Mary Robinson and John Oliver all visited and recorded messages. At the time, I was employed by Amnesty International as a coordinator for the Human Rights and Security Campaign.
Nowadays, I advise colleagues and the board on legal matters - from contracts, to defamation, to IP to corporate law. It’s great to have so much variety in a role.
Hearing about the horrific things that happen to people when their human rights are violated.
I feel privileged to be able to work for an organisation that I believe in, and whose values I share. I also work with some incredible people - from people whose rights have been violated, to our supporters, volunteers, interns, activists, members. I’m also inspired by my colleagues.
I grew up in Warrawee, Sydney.
I went to Abbotsleigh School for Girls, then the University of Sydney to study Arts/Law. I subsequently completed a Masters of International Law at UNSW.
I have always been passionate about justice and fairness, and I wanted to continue to study French.
Attention to detail is critical, as is a strategic view. You also need the ability to work with others, and the ability to take complex information and communicate it to non-lawyers.
I get to work frequently with international colleagues.
Sometimes you can feel as though the battle for human rights is uphill, but then you meet a person, hear a story or read some news that inspires you and you can keep going.