La Trobe Law School Launches Secretariat for Australian Lawyers for Human Rights

The Honourable Justice Michael Kirby officially launched La Trobe Law School’s relationship with the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) on Friday 17 July 2015 at the Australian Law Teachers Association Conference. La Trobe Law School is pleased to announce that Ms Randa Rafiq, a La Trobe Alumnus has been appointed the Secretariat for ALHR. In addition to her role as Secretariat for ALHR, Randa’s role at La Trobe Law School is the Clinical and Human Rights Advocacy Co‐ordinator. 

About ALHR

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights is a ‘national association of legal professionals active in practising and promoting awareness of international human rights standards’. Their aim is to equip members with the right tools to develop their knowledge of human rights law and give them the opportunity to incorporate human rights principles into their community and their areas of legal practice in Australia. This varies from training, education, publications, CLE courses, conferences, seminars and mentoring and other activities.

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights also seeks to provide members with a voice in national debates about human rights. Since its inception in 1993, ALHR have drafted and submitted substantive submissions to parliamentary committees at a national and a state level. Topics range from terrorism, indigenous inequality, marriage equality and respect for the rule of law.

ALHR and La Trobe Law School Partnership

The La Trobe Law School offers an innovative, high quality legal education with a strong commitment to social justice and interdisciplinary enquiry, a global perspective and hands on experience. The Secretariat and students undertaking the newly created Human Rights Advocacy subject will collaborate with ALHR to assist with submissions, development of memoranda, enquiries of governments and institutions, liaison with the National ALHR committee, media monitoring, formatting and drafting of documents such as media releases, letters, agenda and much more. This is a great opportunity for students to gain valuable practical experience as well as providing ALHR with additional support and resources to enhance their ability to

  • promote and support lawyers practice of human rights law in Australia
  • promote Federal and State laws across Australia that comply with the principles of international human rights law.
  • assist victims of human rights violations in Australia

To volunteer as a La Trobe Law School student please contact Randa Rafiq:

E: r.rafiq@latrobe.edu.au or Ph: 9479 1299

For more information on ALHR and to become a member of the organisation visit:

alhr.org.au/about-us/

Marc Trabsky