Lee Carnie - Senior Lawyer


Lee is a senior lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre and advocates for the rights of LGBTI people and for a national Charter of Rights. Lee is dedicated to removing all laws which discriminate against LGBTI people and to ensure LGBTI people are protected under law, and to building a movement for stronger human rights protections for all of us.

Lee has worked on strategic litigation, campaigns and advocacy for a range of equality law reforms across Australia, including the M106 High Court challenge to the marriage equality postal plebiscite, federal anti-discrimination protections, birth certificate reforms and legal recognition, medical treatment and the recent Re Kelvin test case on access to hormone treatment for transgender young people. 

Lee has previous experience in frontline advocacy, court representation and community education for people experiencing disadvantage, with a particular focus on youth homelessness, family violence, victims of crime, criminal law and poverty law. Lee has worked and volunteered for a range of community organisations, including the Victorian Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby, Youthlaw, the {also} foundation, the Federation of Community Legal Centres, North Melbourne Legal Service, Hume Riverina Community Legal Service, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, PILCH Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic, Empowering Women of Nepal, Fitzroy Legal Service and Fitzroy Learning Network.

Lee was an Australian delegate at the 2016 LGBTI Human Rights Conference in Uruguay and the 2017 LGBTI Pacific Youth Conference. Lee has a Juris Doctor of Law and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, and was awarded the Edward Walter Outhwaite Award for Human Rights Lawyering in 2011.



Federal Government Can’t Ignore LGBTIQ Women’s Rights
QNews August 16 2018

Marriage equality wasn't the end of the fight for equality for LGBTI Australians
ABC News May 17 2018