Justine Nolan standing on the UNSW Kensington Campus mall.
Director - Professor Justine Nolan

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 book Addressing 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.

Natalie Galea
Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Natalie Galea

Natalie Galea is a leading interdisciplinary researcher in gender justice, business and human rights. Her primary research interests are in gender equality in male dominated sectors and gender violence in sport. Natalie's research is focused on the structural and institutional barriers to gender justice. Her PhD research focused on the mechanisms that maintain and reinforce male dominance in the Australian construction sector. 

Natalie is committed to accessible knowledge transfer beyond academia. She works extensively with industry exchanging knowledge, capacity building and influencing policy development in the area of gender justice. She is a leading voice in the Australian construction sector and has been invited to speak about my research and conduct workshops for industry groups and advisory committees, government policy bodies, schools and to individual companies. Natalie has used her research to contribute to the public debate on gender equality in the workplace and human rights in sport. Natalie has had her opinion pieces published in The Sydney Morning Herald, ABC and The Australian.

Janani Shanthosh
Academic Lead (Health & Human Rights Program) Dr Janani Shanthosh

Dr Janani Shanthosh is Academic Lead of the Health & Human Rights Program at the Australian Human Rights Institute. The Program works toward the progressive realisation of human rights at national, regional and global levels by improving the generation and translation of evidence about the linkages between human rights and health outcomes.

Dr Shanthosh is also a global health lawyer and Research Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health. Janani leads two research streams within the Centre for Health Systems Science: Realising women’s health rights, and NCDs and the law. This work aims to develop empirical research tools that policy makers and researchers can use to evaluate law (in terms of power, effectiveness, acceptability and sustainability), and to inform legislative reform.

Allison Henry
Managing Editor of The Australian Journal of Human Rights, Allison Henry

Allison Henry commenced her PhD candidature with the Australian Human Rights Institute in 2018. Her PhD is on regulatory responses to sexual violence at Australian universities. She is also currently working on a pilot research project, Understanding University Responses to HDR Candidate-Supervisor Relationship Challenges, with a research team from UNSW and the University of Melbourne.

Allison has run her own consulting firm, Millwood Consulting, since 2012 - primarily working with not for profit and non-government organisations on public policy projects. In this capacity, Allison was the Campaign Director of The Hunting Ground Australia Project from 2015 to 2018 – a collaborative impact campaign based on the US documentary The Hunting Ground that has been instrumental in raising awareness and driving an institutional shift in responses to sexual violence on Australian university campuses.

Lucas Lixinski
Editor-in-Chief of The Australian Journal of Human Rights, Professor Lucas Lixinski

Lucas Lixinski is a Professor at the Faculty of Law and Justice, UNSW Sydney. Prior to joining UNSW, he was a Postgraduate Fellow at the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law. He holds a PhD in International Law from the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), an LLM in Human Rights Law from Central European University (Budapest, Hungary), and an LLB from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre, Brazil).

He researches and teaches across a range of fields in international law, primarily international cultural heritage law and international human rights law. He sits on the Board of Editors of the International Journal of Heritage Studies, the Australian Journal of Human Rights, the Santander Art and Culture Law Review, and the European Court of Human Rights Law Review. He is also Vice President (Conference) of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, and Rapporteur to the International Law Association's Committee on Participation in Global Cultural Heritage Governance.

Business Manager Oras Khalaf
Business Manager Oras Khalaf

Oras 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 also 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.

Drew Sheldrick
Communications Manager Drew Sheldrick

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.

The advisory committee members stand in a group
Advisory Committee

Dr David Cooke, Chair of the UN Global Compact Network Australia  (Chair)

Pablo Berrutti – Senior investment specialist, Stewart Investors, Sustainable Funds Group

Professor Megan Davis – Expert Member, United Nations Expert Mechanism on the rights of Indigenous peoples

Kieren Fitzpatrick – Director, Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF)

Craig Foster – Former Socceroo Captain, Commentator, Sport and Human Rights Advocate

Rebecca Gilsenan – Principal Lawyer, Maurice Blackburn

Kate Harrison – Partner, Gilbert+Tobin

Fran Kelly – Presenter, ABC RN Breakfast

Chris Lamb – Deputy Commissioner, NSW Public Service Commission

Professor Robyn Norton AO – Principal Director, The George Institute for Global Health

Elaine Pearson – Australia Director, Human Rights Watch

Magda Szubanski AO – Actor, author and advocate

Professor George Williams AO – Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Planning and Assurance, UNSW

Dr Phoebe Wynn-Pope – Head of Business and Human Rights, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Noël Zihabamwe – Founder and Chairperson for African Australian Advocacy Centre

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