Human rights amicus submissions in the High Court: Researching and presenting an Australian Lawyers for Human Rights amicus in WA v Brown

Date & time
6–7pm Wednesday 12 February 2014
Phillipa Weekes Staff Library, ANU College of Law
John Southalan, President of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights


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ALHR is seeking leave to appear as amicus curiae in a High Court appeal in a native title case, WA v Brown. The matter will be heard on 12 February 2014. ALHR’s submissions focus on human rights standards about racial equality, and their implications for the common law and extinguishment of native title. 

All parties’ submissions are available on the High Court’s webpage for WA -v- Brown (Ngarla People) P49/2013.

ALHR’s submission is here

John Southalan is an Australian lawyer who has practised in commercial and human rights areas since the early 1990s. He worked originally with Corrs Chambers Westgarth, and since 1998 has mainly worked in relation to human rights and rule of law issues.

After two years in Thailand, through the Australian Volunteers program, he has continued law/human rights training with the Burma Lawyers Council on the Thai-Burma border. John has worked for over seven years in relation to Indigenous land rights, involving advice and court work, and input into industry and governmental reviews about mining and indigenous rights. John writes on various topics including resource taxation and management, indigenous land rights law, the common law, and combatting impunity.

He is currently in-house Counsel with Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation, President of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, Global Faculty of the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, Board Member of the Centre for Native Title Anthropology, Honorary Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Western Australia, and Contributing Author for LexisNexis. His latest book is Mining law and policy: international perspectives with Federation Press (2012).

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