Daniel Webb - Director of Legal Advocacy
Daniel Webb is the Human Rights Law Centre’s Director of Legal Advocacy. Since joining the HRLC in 2012, Daniel has founded and leads the Centre’s Asylum Seeker and Refugee Rights Unit and also heads the Centre’s advocacy at the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Daniel currently leads an unprecedented coalition of law firms and barristers in High Court litigation preventing the deportation of over 460 people to indefinite detention on Nauru and Manus Island. He has also lead High Court challenges to the Australian Government’s offshore detention regime (Plaintiff M68) and its secretive, month-long detention of 157 people at sea beneath the deck of an Australian customs ship (CPCF).
Prior to joining the HRLC Daniel was a Senior Lawyer with Victoria Legal Aid, specialising in mental health and disability advocacy, and spent 12 months as The People’s Lawyer in the Republic of Kiribati. His NGO experience includes stints with the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights in Phnom Penh and Transparency International in Port Moresby, PNG.
Daniel’s effectiveness in defending human rights led to him winning the inaugural Global Pluralism Award. Nominated by the United Nations OHCHR Regional Office in Suva, Daniel was selected by a jury of world leaders from over 200 shortlisted nominees from 43 countries.
In announcing the award, Canada’s former Prime Minister and Chair of the Selection Jury the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark said:
“By protecting asylum seekers from horrendous detention and changing the public conversation about refugees from deterrence to opportunity, Daniel Webb is paving a way for other global leaders.”
We've Deprived Them Of Their Liberty. It's Time To Show Them Some Humanity.
The Huffington Post July 20 2017
The US refugee deal grows shakier by the day. Turnbull must find a humane way forward
The Guardian Australia January 27 2017
Instead of solving a problem that doesn't exist, Malcolm Turnbull must address the one that does The Sydney Morning Herald November 8 2016
A modest pledge won't erase the stain of Manus and Nauru
The Age September 22 2016
(Video) Nayser missed the boat ... and now he's being forced to miss his family The Age September 15 2016
Enough is enough: bring Manus Island detainees to Australia The Sydney Morning Herald August 18 2016
Offshore detention was destined to fail and the collapse might be closer than you think The Guardian Australia August 9 2016
(Video) HRLC calls on government to #LetThemStay after High Court decision
Sky News June 17 2016
Manus – what the PNG Supreme Court ruling means for Australia
The Drum April 26 2016
Manus: What Australia needs to do now
The Diplomat May 3 2016
(Audio) The plight of ‘Baby Asha’
ABC RN Breakfast February 24 2016
Bali 9: Time to death penalty-proof our AFP
ABC's The Drum April 29 2015
The flaw in Australia’s deterrence-based asylum policies: they just give people who lack options one less
The Guardian Australia October 14 2014
Another look needed for crimes by children in wake of Blessington, Elliott case
The Sydney Morning Herald November 24 2014
Australia must not send asylum seekers to places where they risk torture or death
Herald Sun July 8 2014
Asylum seekers' safety is compromised by this secretive government
The Guardian Australia February 20 2014
Stop Inventing Facts About Asylum Seekers
New Matilda July 12 2013
Outsourcing our dirty work: the truth about Nauru
The Drum June 12 2013