Welcome Gillian Triggs

10 Nov 2017

Gillian Triggs joins Justice Connect as Chair

Justice Connect is thrilled to announce that Gillian Triggs has been elected as our new Chair. She’s replacing Mitzi Gilligan after ten wonderful years at the helm. While we’ll miss Mitzi, we couldn’t be happier to welcome Gillian.

Gillian joins us after finishing her role as President of the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Gillian was Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2005-7. She then became Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney from 2007-12. She is also a former barrister and a Governor of the College of Law. Gillian graduated in Law from the University of Melbourne in 1968 and gained a PhD in 1982.

In addition to her thriving academic career, Gillian has worked in international commercial legal practice. She has advised governments and international organisations on international legal and trade disputes.

Since the end of her tenure with the HRC, Gillian joins Justice Connect as Chair to pursue her commitment to ensuring that all people have a fair chance to access justice, including people experiencing homelessness, elder abuse, family violence and financial exploitation.

Gillian intends to help lawyers ‘get out of the office’ and meet people who need legal help where they live. She is also the author of many books and papers on international law, including International Law, Contemporary Principles and Practices.

Gillian is married to Alan Brown AM, a former Australian diplomat. She has two children and lives in Melbourne.