Professor Andrea Durbach

 BA. LL.B (University of Cape Town)

 DipLaw (Solicitors' Admission Board), University of Sydney

Andrea Durbach is Professor and was Director of the Australian Human Rights Centre (now Institute) in UNSW Law from 2004-2017.

Born and educated in South Africa, she practised as a political trial lawyer and human rights advocate, representing victims and opponents of apartheid laws. After leaving South Africa, Andrea initially worked as a solicitor at Freehills Hollingdale and Page in Sydney before joining the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) as Head of Legal Practice, subsequently becoming PIAC's Executive Director. Andrea has held senior positions in the human rights field, including as Deputy Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner (2011-2012) and as a consultant to the Australian Defence Abuse Response Taskforce to develop a framework to address the needs of Defence Force victims of gender-based violence and to prevent harmful conduct. She is a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and in 2013, she was awarded the Australian Human Rights Commission Human Rights Law Award for her promotion and advancement of human rights in Australia through the practice of law.

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Books

Durbach A, 1999, Upington, New Africa Books

Edited Books

Durbach A; Lixinski L, (ed.), 2017, Heritage, Culture and Rights: Challenging Legal Discourses, HART PUBL, Univ New South Wales, Sydney, AUSTRALIA, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000424085200001&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Durbach A; Edgeworth B; Sentas V, (eds.), 2017, Law and Poverty in Australia 40 Years After the Sackville Report

Journal articles

Durbach A, 2019, 'Keeping justice at bay: institutional harms and the damaging cycle of reparative failureThe 2018 John Barry Memorial Lecture', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 25, pp. 200 - 216, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1323238X.2019.1627496

Durbach A; Geddes L, 2017, '‘To shape our own lives and our own world’: exploring women’s hearings as reparative mechanisms for victims of sexual violence post-conflict', International Journal of Human Rights, vol. 21, pp. 1261 - 1280, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13642987.2017.1360019

Marcus M; Chappell L; Durbach A, 2017, '‘Nothing about us, without us, is for us’: victims and the international criminal justice system', International Journal of Human Rights, vol. 21, pp. 1337 - 1346, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13642987.2017.1361605

Durbach A, 2016, 'An essential intervention: Civil society responses to redressing and preventing violence against women in post-apartheid South Africa', Acta Juridica, pp. 218 - 240

Durbach A, 2016, 'Towards reparative transformation: Revisiting the impact of violence against women in a post-TRC South Africa', International Journal of Transitional Justice, vol. 10, pp. 366 - 387, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ijtj/ijw017

Durbach A, 2015, '‘Sexual Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict Societies – International Agendas and African Contexts’, Doris Buss, Joanne Lebert, Blair Rutherford, Donna Sharkey and Obijiofor Aginam (eds)', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 21, pp. 195 - 199

Durbach A; Morris R, 2015, '‘A Culture of Rights: Law, Literature and Canada’, by Benjamin Authurs', Australasian Canadian Studies: a multidisciplinary journal for the humanities and social sciences, vol. 32, pp. 167 - 178

Durbach A, 2015, 'Of trials, reparation and transformation in post-apartheid South Africa: the making of A Common Purpose', New York Law School Law Review, vol. 60, pp. 409 - 431

Durbach A; Chappell L, 2014, 'Leaving Behind the Age of Impunity', International Feminist Journal of Politics, vol. 16, pp. 543 - 562, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616742.2014.941251

Chappell L; Durbach A; Odio Benito E, 2014, 'Judge Odio Benito: A view of gender justice from the bench', International Feminist Journal of Politics, vol. 16, pp. 648 - 654, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616742.2014.959290

Durbach A; McNamara L; Rice S; Rix M, 2013, 'Public interest litigation: Making the case in Australia', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 38, pp. 219 - 223, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1037969X1303800404

Renshaw C; Byrnes A; Durbach A, 2011, 'Testing the mettle of national human rights institutions: A case study of the human rights commission of Malaysia', Asian Journal of International Law, vol. 1, pp. 165 - 198, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S204425131000038X

Charlesworth, H ; Durbach A, 2011, 'Equality for Indigenous People in the Australian Constitution', Australian Indigenous Law Review, vol. 16

Durbach A, 2010, 'The Sins of the Nation and the Ritual of Apologies By Danielle Celermajer', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 15, pp. 143 - 149, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1323238x.2010.11910874

Durbach A, 2010, 'A Missed Opportunity: The Foregone Conclusion of a National Human Rights Consultation', Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 7, pp. 21 - 23

Renshaw C; Byrnes AC; Durbach A, 2010, 'Human Rights Protection in the Pacific: The Emerging Role of National Human Rights Institutions in the Region', NZ Journal of Public and International Law, vol. 8, pp. 117 - 144, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=334611879468776;res=IELHSS

Durbach A; Byrnes AC; Renshaw C, 2009, 'A tongue but no teeth? The emergence of a regional human rights mechanism in the Asia Pacific region', Sydney Law Review, vol. 31, pp. 211 - 238

Durbach A, 2009, 'The threat of a racist hate-fest: Is boycott the answer to combating racism?', Human Rights Defender, vol. 18, pp. 18 - 21

Renshaw C; Byrnes AC; Durbach A, 2009, 'Implementing human rights in the Pacific through the work of national human rights institutions: the experience of Fiji', Victoria University of Wellington Law Review, vol. 40, pp. 251

Byrnes A; Durbach A; Renshaw C, 2008, 'Joining the club: the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions, the Paris Principles, and the advancement of human rights protection in the region', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 14, pp. 63 - 98, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1323238X.2008.11910846

Durbach A, 2008, 'Reconciliation and justice: reparations for the Stolen Generations', PRECEDENT, vol. 89, pp. 14 - 18

Durbach A, 2008, '`Little More Than A Clanging Gong`: The Promise and Progress of Reconciliation', Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 7, pp. 15 - 18

Durbach A, 2008, 'The Cost of a Wounded Society`: Reparations and the Illusion of Reconciliation', Australian Indigenous Law Review, vol. 12, pp. 22 - 40

Durbach A, 2007, 'The Many Faces of Truth', Human Rights Defender, vol. 16, pp. 11 - 14

Byrnes AC; Durbach A, 2007, 'Continuing Engagement : the AHRC looks forward', Human Rights Defender, vol. 16, pp. 5 - 6

Schwartz M; Durbach A, 2007, 'Editorial: In Celebration', Human Rights Defender, vol. 16, pp. 1 - 1

Durbach A, 2006, 'Shifting the Focus of Engagement', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 31, pp. 165 - 166

Durbach A, 2002, 'Repairing the damage: Achieving Reparations for The Stolen Generation', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 27, pp. 262 - 266

Book Chapters

Durbach A, 2018, 'Towards Reparative Transformation: Revisiting the Impact of Violence against Women in a Post-TRC South Africa', in Constitutional Triumphs, Constitutional Disappointments: A Critical Assessment of the 1996 South African Constitution’s Local and International Influence, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/9781108233231

Durbach A; Grey R, 2018, 'Grounds for concern: an Australian perspective on responses to sexual assault and harassment in university settings', in Gender Based Violence in University Communities: Policy, Prevention and Educational Initiatives, Policy Press, pp. 83 - 104, http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/j.ctv1fxh3v.9

Durbach A, 2017, 'Cultural Heritage as Transformation: A Study of Four Sites from Post-Apartheid South Africa', in Durbach A; Lixinski L (ed.), HERITAGE, CULTURE AND RIGHTS: CHALLENGING LEGAL DISCOURSES, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2017, Univ New South Wales, Sydney, AUSTRALIA, pp. 205 - 226, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000424085200010&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Durbach A, 2017, ''Between the Idea and the Reality': Securing Access to Justice in an Environment of Declining Points of Entry', in Law and Poverty in Australia: 40 Years after the Poverty Commission, The Federation Press, pp. 214 - 230

Durbach A; Edgeworth B; Sentas V, 2017, 'Law and Poverty in Australia Today: A Reassessment', in Durbach A; Edgeworth B; Sentas V (ed.), Law and Poverty in Australia: 40 Years after the Poverty Commission, Federation Press, Sydney, pp. 1 - 11

Durbach A, 2016, 'An essential intervention: Civil society responses to redressing and preventing violence against women in post-apartheid South Africa', in Williams S; Woolaver H (ed.), Civil Society and International Criminal Justice in Africa Challenges and Opportunities, JUTA, pp. 202 - 224, https://juta.co.za/products/civil-society-and-international-criminal-justice-in-africa-challenges-and-opportunities/

Durbach A, 2011, 'Human rights commissions in times of trouble and transition: The case of the National Human Rights Commission of Nepal', in Human Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region: Towards Institution Building, pp. 209 - 233, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203817315

Durbach A, 2008, 'The Right to Legal Aid in Social Rights Litigation', in Langford M (ed.), Social Rights Jurisprudence: Emerging Trends in International and Comparative Law, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 59 - 71, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511815485.005

Durbach A, 2005, 'Conscientious Participation: Working the Law Back to its Bones', in Durbach A (ed.), Changing Law: Rights, Regulation and Reconciliation, edn. First, Ashgate, England, pp. 155 - 169

Reports

Cama E; Durbach A, 2017, Local Perspectives: a case study on responses to sexual violence in a university setting, Australian Human Rights Centre, UNSW, The Caledonia Foundation

Durbach A; Keith K, 2017, On Safe Ground, Australian Human Rights Centre, UNSW, The Caledonia Foundation

Durbach A, 2014, Final Evaluation Report on Phase 1 of the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce Restorative Engagement Program, Federal Attorney Generals

Durbach A, 2012, • Report of study tour to Australia: Visit of the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, 10-20 April 2012, Australian Human Rights Commission 2012, Australia

Durbach A, 2012, Consolidation of Commonwealth Discrimination law - domestic and family violence,bAustralian Human Rights Commission Supplementary Submission to the Attorney-General’s Department, Australia

Byrnes AC; Charlesworth H; Harris Rimmer S; Durbach A, 2009, Submission into the Inquiry into the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, conducted by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, February 2009, Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, SCOT Report No 99

Byrnes AC; Durbach A, 2009, Submission of the Australian Human Rights Centre to the National Consultation on Human Rights, 15 June 2009, ACT Legislative Assembly

Byrnes AC; Durbach A; Renshaw C, 2008, Submission to the Inquiry into Human Rights Mechanisms and the Asia-Pacific, 20 November 2008, Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade

Other

Conference Presentations

Chappell LA; Durbach A, 2013, 'Leaving behind the Age of Impunity: victims of gender violence and the promise of reparations', Vol. 16, pp. 543 - 562, presented at Australia New Zealand Society of International Law Conference, Australian National University, Canberra, 04 July 2013 - 06 July 2013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616742.2014.941251

UNSW Law Faculty Award for Impact and Engagement (2017)

Australian Human Rights Commission Human Rights Law Award for the promotion and advancement of human rights in Australia through the practice of law (2013)

ARC Discovery Grant (DP140102274), Combating sexual violence against women post-conflict through ‘transformative’ reparations: problems and prospects (with Louise Chappell and Sarah Williams) $375,000 (2014-2016)

The Caledonia Foundation grant to fund Strengthening Australian university responses to sexual assault and harassment project $150,000 (2015)

Australian Human Rights Commission/Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade grant to develop educational resource on LGBTI rights for 16 African members of the Commonwealth Forum of National Human Rights Institutions $30,000 (2013-2014)

Law School Workshop Support Scheme grant, Law and Poverty in Australia: 40 years after the Sackville Report (with Brendan Edgeworth and Vicki Sentas) $10,000 (2014)

UNESCO Australian National Commission Grants Scheme, Intersecting Heritage and Human Rights Workshop and resultant publication (with Lucas Lixinski) $4,840 (2013-2014)

ARC Linkage Grant (LP0776639): Building Human Rights in the Region through Horizontal Transnational Networks: the Role of the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (with Professor Andrew Byrnes) $215,000 from ARC, and $75,000 from the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions) (2007-2010)

University of New South Wales/Goldstar: Structural, Social and Behavioural Influences on Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Response and Impact Mitigation in Australia (Andrea Durbach, Michael Humphrey, Niamh Stephenson, Heather Worth, Anthony Zwi, Daniel Tarantola) $30,000.00 (2007-2009)

human rights and reparations, access to justice and legal ethics, health and human rights, gender justice 

Teaching Activity

 Lawyers, Ethics and Justice (LAWS1230/JURD7130)   

 Public Interest Litigation: Origins and Strategies  (LAWS3185/JURD7485)