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Appointment of Human Rights Commissioner

Media Release

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Lorraine Finlay as the new Human Rights Commissioner.

Ms Finlay is currently a Senior Human Trafficking Specialist with the Australian Mission to ASEAN, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and a lecturer at Murdoch University and the University of Notre Dame. Ms Finlay replaces former Human Rights Commissioner, Edward Santow, who served in the role for five years.

As Human Rights Commissioner, Ms Finlay will be responsible for protecting and promoting traditional rights and freedoms in Australia.

Ms Finlay will commence her five year appointment to the Australian Human Rights Commission on 22 November 2021.

On behalf of the Australian Government, I congratulate Ms Finlay on her appointment.

Biography

Ms Finlay holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia. In 2009 she was selected as a Singapura Scholar with the NYU@NUS dual degree program (New York University School of Law and National University of Singapore). She was awarded a dual Masters in Law and the Global Economy (concentrating on Justice and Human Rights) from NYU and in International & Comparative Law from NUS.

Ms Finlay is a Senior Human Trafficking Specialist with the Australian Mission to ASEAN, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She has been an adjunct senior lecturer at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney, since 2017 and a lecturer at Murdoch University’s School of Law since 2010. Ms Finlay has lectured in areas including constitutional law, criminal law and legal protection of international human rights. She has taught as part of Murdoch University’s International Human Rights Law Program in Geneva.

Prior to this she was a State Prosecutor with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for Western Australia.