Emeritus Professor Andrea   Durbach
Emeritus Professor

Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach

 

 BA. LL.B (University of Cape Town)

 DipLaw (Solicitors' Admission Board), University of Sydney

 

 

Law & Justice
Law School Manager

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.

 

 

 

 

Phone
+61 2 9385 2543
Location
Room 319 Law Building UNSW Kensington Campus

Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2018
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 2018, 'Towards Reparative Transformation: Revisiting the Impact of Violence against Women in a Post-TRC South Africa', in Constitutional Triumphs, Constitutional Disappointments: A Critical Assessment of the 1996 South African Constitution’s Local and International Influence, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/9781108233231
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A; Grey R, 2018, 'Grounds for concern: an Australian perspective on responses to sexual assault and harassment in university settings', in Gender based violence in university communtiites – Policy, prevention and educational initiative, Policy Press, pp. 83 - 104, http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/j.ctv1fxh3v.9
    Edited Books | 2017
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A; Edgeworth B; Sentas V, (eds.), 2017, Law and Poverty in Australia: 40 Years after the Sackville Report, Federation Press, Sydney
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A; Edgeworth B; Sentas V, 2017, 'Poverty and the Law in Australia Today', in Durbach A; Edgeworth B; Sentas V (ed.), Law and Poverty in Australia: 40 Years after the Poverty Commission, Federation Press, Sydney
    Edited Books | 2017
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A; Lixinski L, (ed.), 2017, Heritage, Culture and Rights: Challenging Legal Discourses, HART PUBL, Univ New South Wales, Sydney, AUSTRALIA, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000424085200001&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 2017, 'Cultural Heritage as Transformation: A Study of Four Sites from Post-Apartheid South Africa', in Durbach A; Lixinski L (ed.), Heritage, Culture and Rights: Challenging Legal Discourses, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2017, Univ New South Wales, Sydney, AUSTRALIA, pp. 205 - 226, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000424085200010&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A; Lixinski L, 2017, 'Introduction', in Heritage, Culture and Rights: Challenging Legal Discourses, Hart Publishing, pp. 1 - 7
    Edited Books | 2017
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A; Edgeworth B; Sentas V, (eds.), 2017, Law and Poverty in Australia 40 Years After the Sackville Report
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A; Edgeworth B; Sentas V, 2017, 'Law and Poverty in Australia Today: A Reassessment', in Durbach A; Edgeworth B; Sentas V (ed.), Law and Poverty in Australia: 40 Years after the Poverty Commission, Federation Press, Sydney, pp. 1 - 11
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 2017, '‘Between the Idea and the Reality’ Securing Access to Justice in an Environment of Declining Points of Entry', in Law and Poverty in Australia – 40 Years after the Poverty Commission
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 2017, ''Between the Idea and the Reality': Securing Access to Justice in an Environment of Declining Points of Entry', in Law and Poverty in Australia: 40 Years after the Poverty Commission, The Federation Press, pp. 214 - 230
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 2016, 'An essential intervention: Civil society responses to redressing and preventing violence against women in post-apartheid South Africa', in Williams S; Woolaver H (ed.), Civil Society and International Criminal Justice in Africa Challenges and Opportunities, JUTA, pp. 202 - 224, https://juta.co.za/products/civil-society-and-international-criminal-justice-in-africa-challenges-and-opportunities/
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 2016, 'An Essential Intervention: Civil Society Responses to Redressing and Preventing Violence against Women in Post-Apartheid South Africa', in , Juta Law
    Book Chapters | 2011
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 2011, 'Human rights commissions in times of trouble and transition: the case of the National Human Rights Commission of Nepal', in Nasu H; Saul B (ed.), Human Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region: Towards Institution Building, Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 209 - 234, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203817315
    Book Chapters | 2008
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 2008, 'The Right to Legal Aid in Social Rights Litigation', in Langford M (ed.), Social Rights Jurisprudence: Emerging Trends in International and Comparative Law, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 59 - 71, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511815485.005
    Book Chapters | 2005
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 2005, 'Conscientious Participation: Working the Law Back to its Bones', in Durbach A (ed.), Changing Law: Rights, Regulation and Reconciliation, edn. First, Ashgate, England, pp. 155 - 169
    Books | 1999
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 1999, Upington, New Africa Books
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Mabunda S; Angell B; Joshi R; Durbach A, 2021, 'Evaluation of the alignment of policies and practices for state-sponsored educational initiatives for sustainable health workforce solutions in selected Southern African countries: A protocol, multimethods study', BMJ Open, vol. 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-046379
    Journal articles | 2020
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Mabunda SA; Angell B; Yakubu K; Durbach A; Joshi R, 2020, 'Reformulation and strengthening of return-of-service (ROS) schemes could change the narrative on global health workforce distribution and shortages in sub-Saharan Africa', Family medicine and community health, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/fmch-2020-000498
    Journal articles | 2020
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 2020, 'THE STAGING of the HIDDEN: INTERROGATING AN AMBIVALENT RESPONSE to A CRIME against HUMANITY', State Crime Journal, vol. 9, pp. 29 - 46, http://dx.doi.org/10.13169/statecrime.9.1.0029
    Journal articles | 2020
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A; Reinecke I; Dargan L, 2020, 'Enabling democracy: the role of public interest litigation in sustaining and preserving the separation of powers', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 26, pp. 195 - 208, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1323238X.2021.1875594
    Journal articles | 2019
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 2019, 'Keeping justice at bay: institutional harms and the damaging cycle of reparative failureThe 2018 John Barry Memorial Lecture', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 25, pp. 200 - 216, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1323238X.2019.1627496
    Journal articles | 2019
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 2019, 'Apartheid, Guns and Money - A Tale of Profit', STATE CRIME, vol. 8, pp. 270 - 273, http://dx.doi.org/10.13169/statecrime.8.2.0270
    Journal articles | 2018
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 2018, 'Book Review: The Courtroom as a Space of Resistance: Reflections on the Legacy of the Rivonia Trial', Social & Legal Studies, vol. 27, pp. 266 - 269, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0964663917748045
    Journal articles | 2017
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A; Geddes L, 2017, '‘To shape our own lives and our own world’: exploring women’s hearings as reparative mechanisms for victims of sexual violence post-conflict', International Journal of Human Rights, vol. 21, pp. 1261 - 1280, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13642987.2017.1360019
    Journal articles | 2017
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A; Chappell L; Williams S, 2017, 'Foreword: special issue on ‘transformative reparations for sexual violence post-conflict: prospects and problems’', International Journal of Human Rights, vol. 21, pp. 1185 - 1192, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13642987.2017.1366622
    Journal articles | 2017
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Marcus M; Chappell L; Durbach A, 2017, '‘Nothing about us, without us, is for us’: victims and the international criminal justice system', International Journal of Human Rights, vol. 21, pp. 1337 - 1346, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13642987.2017.1361605
    Journal articles | 2016
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 2016, 'Towards Reparative Transformation: Revisiting the Impact of Violence against Women in a Post-TRC South Africa', International Journal of Transitional Justice, vol. 10, pp. 366 - 387, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ijtj/ijw017
    Journal articles | 2016
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 2016, 'An essential intervention: Civil society responses to redressing and preventing violence against women in post-apartheid South Africa', Acta Juridica, pp. 218 - 240
    Journal articles | 2015
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 2015, '‘Sexual Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict Societies – International Agendas and African Contexts’, Doris Buss, Joanne Lebert, Blair Rutherford, Donna Sharkey and Obijiofor Aginam (eds)', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 21, pp. 195 - 199
    Journal articles | 2015
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A; Morris R, 2015, '‘A Culture of Rights: Law, Literature and Canada’, by Benjamin Authurs', Australasian Canadian Studies: a multidisciplinary journal for the humanities and social sciences, vol. 32, pp. 167 - 178
    Journal articles | 2015
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 2015, 'Of trials, reparation and transformation in post-apartheid South Africa: the making of A Common Purpose', New York Law School Law Review, vol. 60, pp. 409 - 431
    Journal articles | 2014
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Chappell L; Durbach A; Odio Benito E, 2014, 'Judge Odio Benito: A view of gender justice from the bench', International Feminist Journal of Politics, vol. 16, pp. 648 - 654, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616742.2014.959290
    Journal articles | 2014
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A; Chappell L, 2014, 'Leaving Behind the Age of Impunity', International Feminist Journal of Politics, vol. 16, pp. 543 - 562, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616742.2014.941251
    Journal articles | 2013
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A; McNamara L; Rix M; Rice S, 2013, 'Public Interest Litigation: Making the Case in Australia', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 38, pp. 219 - 223, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1037969X1303800404
    Journal articles | 2011
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Byrnes A; Durbach A; Renshaw C, 2011, 'Testing the Mettle of National Human Rights Institutions: A Case Study of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia', Asian Journal of International Law, vol. 1, pp. 165 - 198, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S204425131000038X
    Journal articles | 2011
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Charlesworth, H ; Durbach A, 2011, 'Equality for Indigenous People in the Australian Constitution', Australian Indigenous Law Review, vol. 16
    Journal articles | 2010
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 2010, 'The Sins of the Nation and the Ritual of Apologies By Danielle Celermajer', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 15, pp. 143 - 149, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1323238x.2010.11910874
    Journal articles | 2010
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Renshaw C; Byrnes AC; Durbach A, 2010, 'Human Rights Protection in the Pacific: The Emerging Role of National Human Rights Institutions in the Region', NZ Journal of Public and International Law, vol. 8, pp. 117 - 144, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=334611879468776;res=IELHSS
    Journal articles | 2010
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 2010, 'A Missed Opportunity: The Foregone Conclusion of a National Human Rights Consultation', Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 7, pp. 21 - 23
    Journal articles | 2009
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Renshaw C; Byrnes AC; Durbach A, 2009, 'Implementing human rights in the Pacific through the work of national human rights institutions: the experience of Fiji', Victoria University of Wellington Law Review, vol. 40, pp. 251
    Journal articles | 2009
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 2009, 'The threat of a racist hate-fest: Is boycott the answer to combating racism?', Human Rights Defender, vol. 18, pp. 18 - 21
    Journal articles | 2009
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A; Byrnes AC; Renshaw C, 2009, 'A tongue but no teeth? The emergence of a regional human rights mechanism in the Asia Pacific region', Sydney Law Review, vol. 31, pp. 211 - 238
    Journal articles | 2008
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Byrnes AC; Durbach A; Renshaw C, 2008, 'Joining the Club: The Asia-Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions, the Paris Principles, and the Advancement of Human Rights Protection in the Region', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 14, pp. 63 - 98, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1323238X.2008.11910846
    Journal articles | 2008
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 2008, 'The Cost of a Wounded Society`: Reparations and the Illusion of Reconciliation', Australian Indigenous Law Review, vol. 12, pp. 22 - 40
    Journal articles | 2008
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 2008, 'Reconciliation and justice: reparations for the Stolen Generations', PRECEDENT, vol. 89, pp. 14 - 18
    Journal articles | 2008
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 2008, '`Little More Than A Clanging Gong`: The Promise and Progress of Reconciliation', Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 7, pp. 15 - 18
    Journal articles | 2007
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 2007, 'The Many Faces of Truth', Human Rights Defender, vol. 16, pp. 11 - 14
    Journal articles | 2007
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Schwartz M; Durbach A, 2007, 'Editorial: In Celebration', Human Rights Defender, vol. 16, pp. 1 - 1
    Journal articles | 2007
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Byrnes AC; Durbach A, 2007, 'Continuing Engagement : the AHRC looks forward', Human Rights Defender, vol. 16, pp. 5 - 6
    Journal articles | 2006
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 2006, 'Shifting the Focus of Engagement', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 31, pp. 165 - 166
    Journal articles | 2002
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 2002, 'Repairing the damage: Achieving Reparations for The Stolen Generation', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 27, pp. 262 - 266
  • Reports | 2018
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A; Breckenridge J; Singh S, 2018, Breckenridge, J., Durbach, A. & Singh, S. (2018). PLuS Alliance Project – Responding to and preventing sexual assault and harassment: The UNSW case study. Sydney: UNSW Sydney.
    Reports | 2017
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Cama E; Durbach A, 2017, Local Perspectives: a case study on responses to sexual violence in a university setting, Australian Human Rights Centre, UNSW, The Caledonia Foundation
    Reports | 2017
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A; Keith K, 2017, On Safe Ground, Australian Human Rights Centre, UNSW, The Caledonia Foundation
    Reports | 2014
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 2014, Final Evaluation Report on Phase 1 of the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce Restorative Engagement Program, Federal Attorney Generals
    Reports | 2012
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 2012, • Report of study tour to Australia: Visit of the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, 10-20 April 2012, Australian Human Rights Commission 2012, Australia
    Reports | 2012
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Durbach A, 2012, Consolidation of Commonwealth Discrimination law - domestic and family violence,bAustralian Human Rights Commission Supplementary Submission to the Attorney-General’s Department, Australia
    Reports | 2009
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Byrnes AC; Charlesworth H; Harris Rimmer S; Durbach A, 2009, Submission into the Inquiry into the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, conducted by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, February 2009, Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, SCOT Report No 99
    Reports | 2009
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Byrnes AC; Durbach A, 2009, Submission of the Australian Human Rights Centre to the National Consultation on Human Rights, 15 June 2009, ACT Legislative Assembly
    Reports | 2008
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Byrnes AC; Durbach A; Renshaw C, 2008, Submission to the Inquiry into Human Rights Mechanisms and the Asia-Pacific, 20 November 2008, Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade
  • Conference Presentations | 2013
    Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
    Chappell LA; Durbach A, 2013, 'Leaving behind the Age of Impunity: victims of gender violence and the promise of reparations', Vol. 16, pp. 543 - 562, presented at Australia New Zealand Society of International Law Conference, Australian National University, Canberra, 04 July 2013 - 06 July 2013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616742.2014.941251

Awards

 

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)

 

Grants

 

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)

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