Professor Justine Nolan
Director, Australian Human Rights Institute
Justine Nolan is a Professor in the Faculty of Law and Justice at UNSW Sydney and Director of the Australian Human Rights Institute. Justine's research focuses on the intersection of business and human rights, in particular, supply chain responsibility for human rights and modern slavery.
Her 2019 co-authored bookAddressing Modern Slavery examines how consumers, business and government are both part of the problem and the solution in curbing modern slavery in global supply chains. Other recent books include The International Law of Human Rights (OUP, 2017) and Business and Human Rights: From Principles to Practice (Routledge, 2016).
She teaches international human rights law and related courses on global law, development, globalisation and business and human rights. Justine works closely with business, government and civil society and has been a key driver of the Australian business and human rights movement. In 2019 she was named 'Academic of the Year' at the Australian Law Awards. From 2016-2019 she served as Associate Dean Academic at UNSW Law.
Dr Allison Henry
Research Fellow/Managing Editor of the Australian Journal of Human Rights
Allison Henry is a Research Fellow and Associate with the Australian Human Rights Institute. She has been the managing editor of the Australian Journal of Human Rights since August 2020. Allison completed her PhD on 'Regulatory responses to sexual assault and sexual harassment in Australian university settings’ with the Institute in 2023. This followed her role as the Campaign Director of The Hunting Ground Australia Project from 2015 to 2018, a collaborative impact campaign that was instrumental in raising awareness of sexual violence on Australian university campuses.
Allison was the project researcher on 'Understanding University Responses to HDR Candidate-Supervisor Relationship Challenges', and will lead a research team on Phase 2 of the project later in 2023. Allison has Masters degrees in International Studies (Syd) and International Law (ANU), both focusing on human rights. Her previous roles include five years as a Ministerial advisor in the federal parliament and three years as National Director of the Australian Republican Movement.
Dr Claire Higgins
Editor-in-Chief of The Australian Journal of Human Rights
With qualifications in history and human rights law and policy, Claire Higgins is a Senior Research Fellow at the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW, and an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University.
She previously served as editor of the Australian Human Rights Institute’s Human Rights Defender magazine, and is currently undertaking research on safe visa pathways for refugees, as part of her Australian Research Council ‘DECRA’ fellowship. Her first book is Asylum by Boat: origins of Australia’s refugee policy (NewSouth, 2017).
Oras Khalaf has extensive experience in project management roles in both government and not-for-profit sectors. Before joining the Institute, Oras was a senior policy officer at the NSW Ministry of Health, working on drug and alcohol treatment programs with the local health districts and community organisations.
Oras has worked on mental health and suicide prevention with the primary health networks. She also worked in digital mental health at Settlement Services International, where she led the development, implementation, and evaluation of strategies to promote the well-being of newly arrived refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers across Australia.
Oras has tertiary qualifications in education, medical science, and psychology.
Research Project Lead
Lily Halliday is the Research Project Lead at the Australian Human Rights Institute. Lily is also Project Manager for various projects at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) under the Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and the PLuS Alliance, a joint alliance between Arizona State University, Kings College London and UNSW Sydney.
Her project management work focuses on gender justice, broader human rights issues, as well as sustainability and innovation. Recent long-term projects centred on equity in leadership, women’s wellbeing, women in STEM and politics, and sex and gender in the medical research pipeline. Prior to her work at UNSW, Lily provided research and project support to the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics at the University of Sydney.
Lily obtained her MBA in Entrepreneurship in early 2020 from the University of Technology Sydney, and founded a social venture on facilitating healthcare access in 2019. She is passionate about gender equality and human rights, and is committed to supporting projects and initiatives that work to challenge and transform the systems that threaten the rights of marginalised communities.
Prior to joining the Australian Human Rights Institute, Drew Sheldrick led a media team in the NSW Government responsible for agencies including Cyber Security NSW, the Data Analytics Centre, the Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, and Service NSW. He managed media strategy and coordination for initiatives such as the COVID Safe Check-In, the 24-hour COVID-19 hotline, Dine & Discover NSW and financial assistance programs for people affected by the pandemic, bushfire and flood disasters.
Drew managed media and communications for the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney from 2016-2019 and is a former journalist and editor who's worked for News Corp Australia and SBS. His writing has appeared in The Guardian Australia, ABC's The Drum and Crikey. For several years he was Editorial Manager of CCH/Wolters Kluwer Australia's Political Alert service, based in the Press Gallery in Parliament House, Canberra.
Kylie Smith brings vast experience in event and program management, having worked across a broad range of sectors after beginning her corporate career as an event manager in the conference and medical industry.
Over the past 10 years Kylie has had extensive experience working with the large global charity Enactus Australia as the Community, Operations, and Events Manager; working with universities to deliver social impact projects aligning with the UN sustainable goals.
Kylie has successfully managed and facilitated regional and national showcase events, conferences, and competitions, both in person and online. She has established effective relationships with business leaders, international partners, universities, conference companies and a wide variety of suppliers, customers, and stakeholders.
Samuel Pryde is a Research Associate at the Australian Human Rights Institute, currently working in the field of business and human rights. A recent graduate of the University of New South Wales, Samuel holds qualifications in Law and International Studies. He previously participated in the Institute's Global Student Fellowship at Jubilee Australia.
Samuel is currently the coordinator of the Institute’s research project evaluating the effectiveness of Australia’s Modern Slavery Act, having previously contributed to the project as both a volunteer and a research assistant. His research interests include modern slavery, ethical sourcing practices and corporate environmental accountability.
Susie Shaw has held positions in government, primary and tertiary education, and brings extensive administration skills to support the team.
For the past five years, she has worked at UNSW and most recently has provided high-level administrative support in the Office of the Women in STEM Ambassador, an Australian Government initiative to address gender equity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
She supported the Women in STEM National Awareness Raising Initiative (NARI) 2020 by coordinating planning, development and implementation of campaign activities, increasing the visibility of girls and women in STEM. She was also the Program Administrator for the UNSW Women in Science and Maths Champions Program, a 12 month career development program to support PhD candidates and early-career scientists who identify as women to become science professionals.