Kate Eastman SC

Kate Eastman SC is a leading Sydney barrister with expertise in human rights, discrimination, employment, public and constitutional law. She was appointed Senior Counsel in 2012 and is currently head of Six St James Chambers. She has appeared in many significant public law and human rights matters in the High Court of Australia. Kate is chair of the Australia Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee; a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Business and Human Rights Working Group; and a member of the Law Council of Australia’s National Human Rights Committee.  She was the co-founder, and for many years President, of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR).  Between 1995–98, she was a Senior Legal Officer with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (now the Australian Human Rights Commission). Kate holds aDiploma of International Human Rights Law from the European University Institute, Florence Italy; a Master of Laws from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS); a Master of Laws with distinction from the University College London; and a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws from UNSW Sydney. She has taught at UTS, Monash University and the University of Sydney, and in a number of international programs. She has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Western Sydney and Senior Fellow and member of the Postgraduate Advisory Committee at Monash University’s Master of Human Rights Law program.  


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