Access to Justice & Human Rights Committee

The Access to Justice & Human Rights Committee has three areas of focus: human rights, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander access to justice, and pro bono in government and private industry.

Projects undertaken by the committee have included:

  • pressuring the Federal and local government for increased funding for legal assistance;
  • pursuing access to justice for people with a disability, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and for refugees, migrants, and people from non-English speaking backgrounds;
  • work on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS);
  • family violence matters in Courts and Tribunals;
  • the rights of people in closed environments (i.e. in care or detention);
  • the practice of involuntary restraint in mental health care; and
  • education and assistance for practitioners to undertake pro bono work.

The committee continues to monitor local developments, including litigation guardianship.

The committee works locally (and with the Law Council of Australia’s Justice Project) to provide education and assistance to lawyers interested in undertaking pro bono work, and works closely with other Society committees including the Civil Litigation Committee and the Criminal Law Committee. The committee is also represented on the ACT Legal Assistance Forum and the Law Council of Australia’s Access to Justice Committee.

You can contact the committee directly through the Law Society's Committee Administrator on


  • Anya Aidman (Chair)
  • Rachael Clark
  • Jessica Fenech
  • Nop Ganthavee
  • Naomi Gould
  • Sangeeta Sharmin
  • Kath Taplin
  • Adam Thompson
  • Emma Towney
  • Jenny Acton* (ACT Human Rights Commission)
  • Philippa Daniel* (Women’s Legal Centre)
  • Tiffany Long* (Legal Aid ACT)
  • Helen Watchirs* (ACT Human Rights Commission)
  • Justice and Community Safety Directorate Representative*

*Regular guests/representatives