Hugh de Kretser - Executive Director


Hugh de Kretser is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre. For the past 15 years, Hugh has worked to protect and promote human rights in Australia through his position at the HRLC and previous roles as Executive Officer of the Victorian Federation of Community Legal Centres (2007-2013) and Manager of the Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre (2004 to 2007).

Hugh currently serves as a Director of the Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council and a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Melbourne Law School.

Hugh was a board member of the HRLC when it was established in 2006 and was a Commissioner of the Victorian Law Reform Commission from 2008-2012. He served on the board of the National Association of Community Legal Centres from 2012-2014 and the governance committee for knowmore, the national service providing legal help for people navigating the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, from 2013-2015. Hugh started his legal career at the law firm Mallesons (now King & Wood Mallesons) in 1999.



Treating young offenders harshly serves no purpose
Herald Sun May 15 2017

Government must stop jailing children in the state’s most notorious prison
Herald Sun January 2 2017

It is no answer to dump youths in adult jails after centre riots
Herald Sun November 25 2016

Is this the end of the age of human rights? Let's hope not
The Sydney Morning Herald November 11 2016

NSW anti-protest laws are part of a corrosive national trend
Sydney Morning Herald March 22 2016

Cruel and costly boats policy: There is a better way
The Age July 1 2015

Attacks on our Human Rights Commission part of a broader, disturbing trend
The Sydney Morning Herald February 25 2015

Choices must be seen to be unbiased
The Australian January 31 2014

Strong and effective racial vilification laws must be retained
The Herald Sun November 28 2013

The Adrian Bayley case raises questions about who gets limited legal funding
The Herald Sun October 1 2013

How to break the cruel cycle of indigenous imprisonment
The Australian September 27 2013

Strong parole system will benefit community
The Herald Sun July 29 2013

The evolution of human rights in Australia: A vision for stronger, more universal protection
The Joan Kirner Social Justice Oration May 27 2013