Adrianne Walters - Acting Director of Legal Advocacy
Adrianne started with the Human Rights Law Centre in September 2016, working predominantly in the Indigenous Rights Unit. Adrianne has experience across family, administrative and civil law jurisdictions. Most recently, she co-led a review of the role of victims of crime in the criminal trial process at the Victorian Law Reform Commission. Adrianne currently volunteers at the Women’s Legal Service Victoria.
Adrianne is committed to using her skills and experience as a lawyer to protect and promote the rights of vulnerable people. After starting her legal career at Slater and Gordon, Adrianne moved 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 in Aboriginal communities and to women with refugee and migrant backgrounds, 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. During her time in the Northern Territory, Adrianne was also an NT representative with Women’s Legal Services Australia, a steering group member for the Equality Rights Alliance, and volunteered with the Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocacy Network.
Adrianne has a Bachelor of Laws/International Relations from La Trobe University and completed a Master of Laws (Human Rights) in 2014. 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.
Adrianne is in the role of Acting Director of Legal Advocacy while Ruth Barson is on parental leave.