Freya Dinshaw - Senior Lawyer


Freya joined the HRLC as a Senior Lawyer in 2018, where she specialises in business and human rights, and upholding the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum. Freya’s work focuses on exploring opportunities for deploying advocacy, strategic litigation and international mechanisms to challenge the treatment of vulnerable communities by governments, companies and other actors.

Freya brings a breadth of experience to the HRLC, having worked with asylum seekers, refugees and other vulnerable clients, governments, international organisations, civil society, and the private sector in various capacities. She was the 2016 International Bar Association’s Human Rights Scholar, and served as Head of Advocacy for the United Nations Association of Australia (Victoria) Young Professionals Network. She also holds a community fellowship at the Melbourne Social Equity Institute at the University of Melbourne, focusing on modern slavery research.

Prior to joining the HRLC, Freya was a Senior Associate in the Disputes and Investigations team at Allens Linklaters where she specialised in advising on corporate respect for human rights. She has also worked at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and a leading international arbitration firm in London. Freya regularly presents and lectures on human rights topics, and has led contributions on a number of publications including the Stocktake on Business and Human Rights in Australia commissioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and numerous submissions to UN and other law reform bodies.

Freya holds an LLM (Distinction) focusing on public international law from the London School of Economics, and an LLB (Hons) / BMus from the University of Melbourne.



Australia can’t be allowed to play politics with refugees’ lives any more
The Guardian February 7 2019

The women whose voices have no hope of being heard
Ten Daily July 5 2018