Human Rights Medal and Awards

Date posted: 
24 August 2007

Law Council sponsorship to recognise lawyers' roles in promoting human rights

The Law Council of Australia has once again sponsored the law category of the annual Human Rights Medal and Awards enabling us to publicly recognise legal practitioners who play a major role in protecting human rights, President of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC), John von Doussa QC, said today.

Mr von Doussa said HREOC was grateful for the Law Council's long-time continued sponsorship and was especially appreciative in this 20th anniversary year of the awards.

'The Law Council sponsors the Law Award, which is presented to an individual or organisation with a proven track record in promoting and advancing human rights through the practice of law,' Mr von Doussa said.

'Without their tireless efforts many people's human rights would have been overlooked, forgotten or stripped away from individuals,' he said.

Previous Law Award winners include: Peter Seidel, Julian Burnside QC, Justice Edward Mullighan, SCALES Community Legal Centre and HIV/Aids Legal Centre.

Since 1987, HREOC has recognised the often extraordinary contribution made to Australian society by a variety of men and women committed to issues of human rights, social justice and equality through these awards.

'You don't have to be famous or well known for your efforts to enter - the medal and awards are about celebrating the efforts of those who work everyday without fuss to promote and protect human rights and to overcome discrimination in Australia,' Mr von Doussa said.

Each year HREOC receives outstanding nominations for the Human Rights Medal and award categories of Law, Community (individual and organisation), Arts Non-Fiction, Print Media, Television and Radio.

To nominate the achievements of an individual or organisation simply fill in the entry form located at or phone 02 9284 9618 and forward supporting material by 5 October, 2007.

But don't just nominate someone, please join us at the gala luncheon ceremony at the Sheraton on the Park in Sydney on Monday, 10 December to hear the winners announced and show your support for the 20th anniversary of these special awards.

Media personality Julie McCrossin will MC the event and Mr von Doussa will deliver the annual Human Rights Day Oration. For information on tickets contact 02 9284 9618 or go to

To receive regular updates on the 2007 Awards, ceremony, shortlists and winners, join the Human Rights Awards electronic mailing list - also on HREOC's website.