Simon Rice

Australian National University

Professor Simon Rice has extensive experience in anti-discrimination law, human rights law and access to justice issues. 

After a period in private commercial practice he worked in and managed a number of community legal centres in Sydney and Canberra.  He has practiced, researched, written and trained extensively in poverty law and human rights, particularly anti-discrimination law. His jointly authored books include ‘Australian Anti-Discrimination Law’, ‘The International Law of Human Rights’, and ‘Australian Clinical legal Education’.

Simon has been a consultant to the New South Wales (NSW) Law Reform Commission, Board member of the NSW Legal Aid Commission, executive director of the NSW Law and Justice Foundation, judicial member of the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal, chair of the Australian Capital Territory Law Reform Advisory Council, and legal adviser to the Australian Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights.

Simon was director of the law clinic program at the University of NSW and has taught at Sydney University and Macquarie University.  Until June 2017 he was Director of Law Reform and Social Justice at the Australian National University, and in July 2017 he commenced as Professor of Law, Professional and Community Engagement, at the University of Sydney.

In 2002 Simon was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia (OAM) for legal services to the economically and socially disadvantaged.

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