Director of Legal Advocacy
Adrianne is Acting Director of Legal Advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre. She predominantly works in the Indigenous Rights Unit, partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations on issues including women and the criminal justice system and basic survival rights, such as income and housing in remote communities. Adrianne has also led some of the Centre’s work that is focused on women’s reproductive rights and conditions for women in prison.
Adrianne is committed to using her skills and experience as a lawyer to protect and promote the rights of vulnerable people. Adrianne has experience across family, administrative and civil law jurisdictions and volunteers at the Women’s Legal Service Victoria.
Prior to the Human Rights Law Centre, Adrianne co-led a review of the role of victims of crime in the criminal trial process at the Victorian Law Reform Commission.
Adrianne started her legal career at Slater and Gordon, before moving to Darwin ,where she worked as a senior lawyer at the Top End Women’s Legal Service and with the Welfare Rights Outreach Program of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA). She provided outreach legal services and engaged in strategic advocacy on a number of issues, including the reform abortion laws and improving the management of public housing in remote and urban settings. Adrianne was also an NT representative with Women’s Legal Services Australia and a steering group member for the Equality Rights Alliance.
Adrianne has a Master of Laws (Human Rights) from Monash University and a Bachelor of Laws/International Relations. In 2012-13 she undertook an internship with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health in Delhi, funded by the Castan Centre for Human Rights.