Lee Carnie - Senior Lawyer


Lee is a senior lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre advocating for a national Charter of Human Rights. Lee is dedicated to removing all barriers to equality and building a movement for stronger human rights protections for us all.

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, adoption equality, state apologies and expungement of historical gay sex convictions, birth certificate reforms and legal recognition, medical treatment and the 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 Liberty Victoria’s Rights Advocacy Project, Youthlaw, the North Melbourne Legal Service, Hume Riverina Community Legal Service, Victorian Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby, {also} foundation, Federation of Community Legal Centres, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, PILCH Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic, Empowering Women of Nepal, Fitzroy Legal Service and Fitzroy Learning Network.

Lee was awarded the Grieg Friday Young Leader award in 2018. The LGBTI Rights Unit of the Human Rights Law Centre was nominated for the Australian Human Rights Commission Law Award in 2018, and received the VAC President’s Award in 2017 and the ACON Community Organisation Award and Globe Protecting the Community Award in 2018.

Lee was an Australian civil society delegate at the LGBTI Human Rights Conference in Uruguay in 2016, the LGBTI Pacific Youth Forum in 2017 and to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in Geneva in 2018.

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.



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