Katie Robertson - Legal Director


Katie Robertson leads the Centre’s work advocating for the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum. 

Katie has extensive strategic litigation and advocacy experience. As a Senior Associate in Maurice Blackburn Lawyer’s Social Justice Practice, her key cases included the Baby Ferouz matter which involved successfully preventing the transfer of over 100 Australian born asylum seekers and their families to Nauru, ultimately securing their release from immigration detention into the Australian community. She also acted for a refugee injured in the Manus Island riots of February 2014 and a six year old child who suffered injuries while detained on Christmas Island. 

Katie also has experience advocating for the rights of refugees in the humanitarian and political sectors, having worked for Oxfam Australia and as a Senior Advisor to a Federal Senator. Over the past decade she has also represented clients from diverse backgrounds including victims of war crimes, Aboriginal clients living in remote communities and victims of corporate misconduct and asbestos disease. 

Katie’s international experience includes working at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia as part of a legal team representing victims of the Khmer Rouge regime.

Katie has also worked at the Aboriginal Legal Aid Service in Central Australia, and volunteered with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Cambodia, focusing on issues of statelessness.

Katie holds a Masters of Public and International Law from the University of Melbourne.



Children are Being Damaged in Detention – Australia’s Day of Reckoning Will Come
The Guardian 27 April 2017

The Australian Government is Playing Russian Roulette with Women’s Lives
The Guardian 3 February 2017

Christmas Island Children Should All be Freed from Detention
Sydney Morning Herald 28 August 2014

It’s Time to Dispel the Myths Surrounding Australia’s Asylum Seeker Babies
The Guardian 14 May 2014

Stop the Boats – A Merciless and Punitive Government Policy
Sydney Morning Herald 7 July 2014