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Co-Chair ALHR National Disability Rights Subcommittee

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Posted : Monday, 31st July 2017 - 1:39 pm

Organisation : Australian Lawyers for Human Rights

Location : Australia

Time required : 4 hours per week

Duration of project : ongoing

Contact Name : Kerry Weste

Contact Email :

About the Role

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) is seeking expressions of interest from experienced lawyers to Co-Chair our National Disability Rights Subcommittee

The successful applicant for the role will be a lawyer or legal academic with expert knowledge of and passion for disability rights law. Applicants with a lived experience of disability are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will join the existing experienced Co-Chair currently in post and will be supported and guided by ALHR’s National Committee and Executive Management Committee.

Subcommittee Chairs and Co-Chairs are responsible for leading ALHR’s work in the thematic areas of practice determined by the National Committee to be of strategic priority. They will be lawyers who are passionate about the topic and have significant knowledge, experience and expertise in the thematic area. The purposes of these roles are to facilitate research, coordinate submissions and comprehensive advocacy on these topics, and to present them to key legal and political figures in order to keep the thematic area at the forefront of public discussion.

Please refer to the information below for further details about ALHR and the specific expectations and responsibilities of the role.


ALHR was established in 1993 and is a national association of Australian solicitors, barristers, academics, judicial officers and law students who practise and promote international human rights law in Australia. ALHR has active and engaged National, State and Territory committees and a secretariat at La Trobe University Law School in Melbourne. Through advocacy, media engagement, education, networking, research and training, ALHR promotes, practices and protects universally accepted standards of human rights throughout Australia and overseas.

ALHR utilises thematic subcommittees to increase the impact of our advocacy and has adopted a co-chair management structure within them. ALHR currently has a total of 8 subcommittees, including:
• Refugee Rights Subcommittee
• Disability Rights Subcommittee
• Freedoms Subcommittee
• Human Rights Act(s) Subcommittee
• Indigenous Rights Subcommittee
• Business and Human Rights Subcommittee
• LGBTI Rights Subcommittee
• Women and Girls’ Rights Subcommittee

A focus on thematic human rights areas has engaged our members allowing them to concentrate on particular human rights issues and enabling ALHR to deliver a key promise to our paid membership by offering them a voice on human rights and law reform in Australia. This thematic focus also serves to increase the impact of our strategic advocacy and enables ALHR to efficiently target areas of critical focus for Australian human rights practice.


If you would like to formally nominate for this role, please send an expression of interest and copy of your CV to Please also feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the role.


Expectations of the role:

Comply at all times with ALHR’s policies and procedures including the Conflict of Interest Policy and Procedures; the Financial Control and Authorisation Policy and Procedures, Social Media Policy, Volunteers Policy and the policies and procedures set out within the National Committee Induction Pack.

Lead ALHR’s work in the thematic area by devising comprehensive strategic advocacy plans annually.
Chair a minimum of 4 meetings of the subcommittee per annum.
Co-ordinate the drafting of submissions, press releases, letters, position statements and other like documents by the subcommittee and submit them to the National Committee or Executive for approval.
Act as a media spokesperson on behalf of ALHR in the thematic area.
Attend meetings with external organisations and stakeholders and appear from time to time as a speaker at events.
Co-ordinate research in the thematic area, including by providing supervision of student project work.
Ensure that consistent and regular opportunities are provided for members of the subcommittee to engage in its work. Subcommittee members need to be given the opportunity to participate in the work of the subcommittee and one of the primary roles of co-chairs is to plan 12 monthly advocacy strategies that facilitates this engagement via submissions, position papers, research, ALHR events, press releases.
Consistently attend the monthly meetings of the National Committee to report back on the subcommittee’s activities and attend the Annual General Meeting and Annual Planning Weekend. Where a co-chair arrangement is in place co-chairs are expected to work together to ensure that there is at least one chair present at meetings of the National Committee.
Liaise with ALHR’s state and territory convenors to support their local advocacy efforts in the thematic area and organise events.
Respond to enquiries received from members of the subcommittee in a timely manner

About the Organisation

Organisation Name : Australian Lawyers for Human Rights
Not for Profit : Yes

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For details concerning this role , please contact

Kerry Weste

Email :

Please quote in application: Co-Chair ALHR National Disability Rights Subcommittee via Pro Bono Australia.


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