The Executive Team
Sir William Deane AC KBE QC.
Sir William served as a Justice of the Federal Court of Australia from 1977 until his appointment to the High Court of Australia where he served from 1982-1995. He was appointed Australia’s 22 nd Governor General in 1996, and held that office until 2001.
Throughout his career he has always been seen as a champion of human rights.
Founder and Director
Victor is a Sydney Barrister specialising in the area of Refugee and Asylum Seeker Law. He is Editor of the authorised Federal Court Reports as well as the companion Federal Law Reports.
Venette has just completed her law studies at the Australian Catholic University. She believes that legal assistance should be accessible for everyone. Her interests include migration, environmental causes, history, travel and health & wellbeing.
Dilini is an overseas qualified legal practitioner who has worked in Sri Lanka for more than 10 years. She has a Masters in Laws of International Trade from the University of Wales, and a Diploma in Legal Services in NSW. She is currently undertaking a Diploma in Law with the LPAB to complete her formal legal education in NSW.
Vikki holds an honour’s degree in Applied Social Science and is a resident social worker for a humanitarian not for profit organisation, which works closely with refugees and asylum seekers in Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Thailand. She is currently completing a Diploma in Law at Sydney University, through the Legal Profession Admission Board.
Eric is a Sydney solicitor who has experience in areas of personal injury law, administrative law, criminal law and other areas of civil law. He is currently involved in a number of cases concerning the Commonwealth government’s duty of care to asylum seekers and refugees placed in off-shore locations such as Papua New Guinea and Nauru. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Director, he was a Voluntary Litigation Assistant with the Refugee Law Project.
Associate Professor Catherine Renshaw
Catherine is Deputy Head of the Thomas More Law School at the Australian Catholic University. Her research focuses on international law, international human rights law, particularly in Southeast Asia, and regional systems for the promotion and protection of human rights. She is widely published in the area of human rights law and policy.
Professor Laurence Boulle
Laurence is an adjunct Professor at the Australian Catholic University, having held academic positions at four Australian Universities and having taught at universities in New Zealand, the Pacific, Europe and Africa. He has practised for 20 years as a mediator and as consultant to governments on conflict management and dispute systems design. He was chair of the National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council for two terms and currently serves as Chair of the Mediator Standards Board.
He has also served on the National Native Title Tribunal as a part-time member.
Dominic is the pro bono coordinator at the Australian Catholic University for both its Sydney and Melbourne campuses. He is a lawyer with extensive experience in government and private sectors. Dominic works in advising the NFP/charitable sectors in all aspects of their operations.