Susan Harris-Rimmer

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Susan Harris Rimmer "is an academic at the Australian National University and is President of national NGO Australian Lawyers for Human Rights. She was born and raised in Coonabarabran in central-west NSW. She graduated from the University of Queensland in 1997 with a BA (Hons)/LLB (Hons) and received a University Medal in 1996.

"After some volunteer work with the UN refugee agency UNHCR in Kenya and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Susan did her articles of clerkship with national law firm Blake Dawson Waldron and was admitted as a solicitor in March 2000.

"Since then, Susan has pursued human rights/refugee advocacy work with the peak bodies the National Council of Churches in Australia, the Australian Council for International Development and the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR. Susan has also been a Research Specialist at the Parliamentary Library advising Federal Parliamentarians on legal issues relating to refugees and terrorism, as well as analysing legislation in Bills Digests.

Susan was selected to participate in the 2020 Summit to discuss the Future of Australian Governance. She was elected to the Board of UNIFEM Australia in October 2008. She received a Future Summit Leadership Award from the Australian Davos Connection in 2008, and is a Vincent Fairfax Fellow in Ethics and Leadership.

"Susan is currently assisting Professor Hilary Charlesworth on the ARC research project 'Building Justice and Democracy After Conflict'. Susan will receive a Doctor of Juridical Science from the ANU College of Law for her thesis "Transitional Justice and the Women of East Timor" in December 2008." [1]

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  1. Susan Harris-Rimmer, bepress, accessed February 5, 2009.