Daniel Webb - Director of Legal Advocacy


Daniel Webb is the Human Rights Law Centre’s Director of Legal Advocacy. He leads much of the centre’s work defending the rights of people seeking asylum and people in all forms of detention. Daniel’s recent work includes High Court challenges to the Australian Government’s offshore detention regime (Plaintiff M68) and its secretive detention of 157 people at sea beneath the deck of an Australian customs ship (CPCF), as well as the #LetThemStay campaign run in partnership with GetUp! and the Australian Churches for Refugees Taskforce.

Daniel has travelled to Manus Island twice to inspect the detention centre and transit facility. By investigating conditions on the ground he helped shine a light on the darkest corners of Australia’s immigration detention network.

Prior to joining the HRLC Daniel was a senior lawyer with Victoria Legal Aid, specialising in mental health and disability advocacy, and for 12 months was The People’s Lawyer in the Republic of Kiribati. His NGO experience includes internships with the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights in Phnom Penh and Transparency International in Port Moresby, PNG. Daniel has also worked at the Yamatji Land and Sea Council and Pilbara Native Title Service, is on the Policy Committee of Liberty Victoria and a board member of Reprieve Australia. In 2010 Daniel was awarded an LIV President’s Award for his outstanding work for human rights and social justice.



The US refugee deal grows shakier by the day. Turnbull must find a humane way forward
The Guardian Australia  January 27 2017

A modest pledge won't erase the stain of Manus and Nauru
The Age  December 22 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

The plight of ‘Baby Asha’
ABC RN Breakfast  February 24 2016

HRLC calls on government to #LetThemStay after High Court decision
Sky News  June 17 2016

Bali 9: Time to death penalty-proof our AFP
ABC's The Drum  April 29 2016

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

(Video) Deterrence: wrong way, turn back.
Sydney Morning Herald

Outsourcing our dirty work: the truth about Nauru
The Drum  June 12 2013

Stop Inventing Facts About Asylum Seekers
New Matilda July 12 2013