BA. LL.B (University of Cape Town)
DipLaw (Solicitors' Admission Board), University of Sydney
Andrea Durbach is Professor and was Director of the Australian Human Rights Centre (now Institute) in UNSW Law from 2004-2017.
Born and educated in South Africa, she practised as a political trial lawyer and human rights advocate, representing victims and opponents of apartheid laws. After leaving South Africa, Andrea initially worked as a solicitor at Freehills Hollingdale and Page in Sydney before joining the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) as Head of Legal Practice, subsequently becoming PIAC's Executive Director. Andrea has held senior positions in the human rights field, including as Deputy Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner (2011-2012) and as a consultant to the Australian Defence Abuse Response Taskforce to develop a framework to address the needs of Defence Force victims of gender-based violence and to prevent harmful conduct. She is a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and in 2013, she was awarded the Australian Human Rights Commission Human Rights Law Award for her promotion and advancement of human rights in Australia through the practice of law.
UNSW Law Faculty Award for Impact and Engagement (2017)
Australian Human Rights Commission Human Rights Law Award for the promotion and advancement of human rights in Australia through the practice of law (2013)
ARC Discovery Grant (DP140102274), Combating sexual violence against women post-conflict through ‘transformative’ reparations: problems and prospects (with Louise Chappell and Sarah Williams) $375,000 (2014-2016)
The Caledonia Foundation grant to fund Strengthening Australian university responses to sexual assault and harassment project $150,000 (2015)
Australian Human Rights Commission/Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade grant to develop educational resource on LGBTI rights for 16 African members of the Commonwealth Forum of National Human Rights Institutions $30,000 (2013-2014)
Law School Workshop Support Scheme grant, Law and Poverty in Australia: 40 years after the Sackville Report (with Brendan Edgeworth and Vicki Sentas) $10,000 (2014)
UNESCO Australian National Commission Grants Scheme, Intersecting Heritage and Human Rights Workshop and resultant publication (with Lucas Lixinski) $4,840 (2013-2014)
ARC Linkage Grant (LP0776639): Building Human Rights in the Region through Horizontal Transnational Networks: the Role of the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (with Professor Andrew Byrnes) $215,000 from ARC, and $75,000 from the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions) (2007-2010)
University of New South Wales/Goldstar: Structural, Social and Behavioural Influences on Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Response and Impact Mitigation in Australia (Andrea Durbach, Michael Humphrey, Niamh Stephenson, Heather Worth, Anthony Zwi, Daniel Tarantola) $30,000.00 (2007-2009)