Monique Hurley - Lawyer


Monique Hurley joined the Human Rights Law Centre in November 2018 working across a number of areas including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights and democratic freedoms.

Monique has worked at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) in their Darwin and Katherine offices, where she provided a wide range of civil law advice to clients living in remote communities and represented clients in coronial inquests and child protection matters.

Monique went on to complete a Master of Laws at Columbia University as a Fulbright scholar. While overseas, Monique interned at The Bronx Defenders and was a research assistant to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

Prior to joining the Human Rights Law Centre, Monique was a lawyer at WEstjustice, the Western Community Legal Centre, where she was part of an innovative education-justice project that saw her embedded in a school wellbeing team in Melbourne’s Western suburbs to provide age appropriate legal advice, representation and education to young people.

Previously, Monique gained extensive litigation experience as an Associate to a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria and as a lawyer in the litigation and dispute resolution practice at national law firm, Clayton Utz, where she commenced her legal career.

Monique has also volunteered for a range of human rights and community organisations, including the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Mental Health Legal Centre, Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic, Australian Red Cross and Villamanta Disability Rights Legal Service.

Monique has a Bachelor of Laws with first class honours and a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University. Outside her work at the Human Rights Law Centre, Monique sits on the Steering Committee for Liberty Victoria’s Rights Advocacy Project and on the Board of Norlane Community Centre.