LRSJ Careers Seminar: Using the Law as a Tool for Social & Climate Justice

Date & time

1–2pm Thursday 1 August 2019


Liz Allen Meeting Room, ANU College of Law, 5 Fellows Road, Building #7, Room 7.4.5, Acton, ACT 2601


Jennifer Robinson


Careers seminar
Jennifer Robison

LRSJ will be holding a light lunch for students to meet and chat with WikiLeaks lawyer and ANU alumna, Jennifer Robinson.

Jennifer Robinson, barrister at Doughty Street Chambers in London, will talk about her career path and share her thoughts on using the law as a tool for social and climate justice.

This seminar is open to all current law students. Attendance is free but spaces are limited – register now!

This seminar is part of the LRSJ Justice Careers project that runs regular seminars with practitioners and advocates in the field to talk about careers.

About Jennifer Robinson (BAsSt/LLB (Hons) '06)

Jen is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers in London. She has a particular focus on international law, free speech and human rights, advising governments, media organisations, journalists, non-governmental organisations and activists. Her recent cases include defending Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, acting for the BBC World Service in UN engagement over the persecution of BBC journalists by Iran, acting for Vanuatu in the Chagos Islands case before the International Court of Justice, successfully challenging a sweeping anti-protest injunction obtained by a major multinational corporation and having the UK government’s fracking policy declared unlawful on the grounds the government failed to consider scientific developments in climate change.

She is passionate about using the law as a tool for social justice and to build power in movements for positive change – and to inspire more young lawyers into this work. To that end, Jen created a global human rights program – the Bertha Justice Initiative – which has invested millions in strategic litigation and education for the next generation of movement lawyers in 17 different countries. Committed to supporting this work at home in Australia, Jen is a founding board member of the Grata Fund, Australia’s first independent, crowd-sourced public interest litigation fund, which has funded key public interest legal challenges on climate, indigenous rights and freedom of information.

Jen sits on the boards of the Bureau for Investigative Journalism, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights and the Bonavero Institute for Human Rights at Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes scholar.

An alumna of the ANU, Jen was University Medallist in Law and a Distinguished Scholar in Asian Studies. In 2013, she was recognised as the inaugural ANU Young Alumni of the Year.

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