Alice Drury - Lawyer

 

Alice joined the Human Rights Law Centre in 2018, working to protect Australians’ democratic freedoms.

Alice has a broad range of experience having worked in government, corporate and the not-for-profit sector.

Prior to joining the HRLC, Alice was the Legal Director of GetUp. Alice worked across the campaign areas of human rights, economic fairness and environmental justice, but her primary focus was on a campaign for democratic freedoms, electoral law reform and increased accountability in Australian politics. She also has first-hand experience in responding to government interference with civil society, having defended the high-profile activist organisation at a time of significant government pressure.

At the State Solicitor’s Office of Western Australia, Alice assisted the State Solicitor and Solicitor General on a number of constitutional matters before the High Court, in particular concerning the implied freedom of political communication. She further honed her skills in public law and litigation in the commercial and immigration litigation teams at national firm Clayton Utz. Alice also has extensive experience working pro bono for a variety of not-for-profit organisations, including Greenpeace Australia and the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law.

Alice broadened her studies beyond the law with a Masters in Iranian Studies from Tehran University, focusing on matters of government and media reporting in the Middle East. She also conducted significant research for and published with the Lowy Institute.

Alice graduated from Arts/Law with Honours at the University of Western Australia. She has published on electoral expenditure limits under the implied freedom of political communication and appeared on Radio National as an expert on democratic freedoms.