- President of the Australian Human Rights Commission -
- Acting Race Discrimination Commissioner -
Today I welcome another high-achieving Australian woman - Professor Gillian Triggs.
Gillian Triggs was until recently the Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney. She is a former Barrister with Seven Wentworth Chambers and a Governor of the College of Law.
Professor Triggs graduated in Law from the University of Melbourne in 1968 and gained a PhD in 1982. She has combined an academic career with international commercial legal practice and work with governments and international organizations. She has a wealth of experience in international human rights law; experience that will inform the Commission's work. Gillian hopes to focus her Presidency of the Australian Human Rights Commission on the implementation in Australian law of the human rights treaties to which Australia is a party.
In addition to her academic background, Gillian has been a consultant on international law to Mallesons Stephen Jaques, a Board Member of the Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH), the Australian representative on the Council of Jurists for the Asia Pacific Forum for National Human Rights Institutions, Chair of the Board of the Australian International Health Institute, a member of the Attorney General's International Legal Service Advisory Council and Chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans.
You might be interested to read some of her speeches:
- Delivered to the 25th Australasian Finance and Banking Conference by Professor Gillian Triggs, 17 December 2012
- Education and Human Rights – Recognising one, realising all
Delivered to the Centre for Equality event "Education Under Fire" by Professor Gillian Triggs, 28 November 2012
- APS Human Rights Network
Delivered by Professor Gillian Triggs, 29 October 2012
- Current issues Australia faces in relation to its treatment of refugees
Delivered to the United Nations Association of Australia (WA Division) by Professor Gillian Triggs, 24 October 2012
- Asylum Seekers, Marriage Equality and Racial Vilification: What role for the AHRC?
Delivered to Anglo-Australasian Lawyers Society by Professor Gillian Triggs, 17 October 2012
Gillian is married to Alan Brown AM, a former Australian diplomat, and has two children. She lives in Sydney.
Clancy's comment: Great to feature another outstanding woman involved in human rights. Love ya work, Professor ... love ya work!