Australian Lawyers Alliance Civil Justice Awards
1st Jan 2014
Every year, the Australian Lawyers Alliance presents the highly acclaimed Civil Justice Awards to individuals and organisations around the country who have displayed outstanding advocacy in their support for human rights and social justice.
Sometimes a single individual, through extreme personal risk or sacrifice will fight to preserve individual rights, human dignity, or safety. On other occasions, an individual’s lifetime commitment to preservation of rights and human dignity will make them worthy candidates.
The outstanding work of advocacy organisations and community legal centres has also been extensively recognised.
In many circumstances, award recipients have persevered despite difficult challenges, to fight for the rights of the individual.
This may have included an element of personal risk, sacrifice and a dedicated commitment to the pursuit of the public interest, no matter the cost.
In such cases, the dedicated advocacy of award recipients both informs and heightens public awareness of important issues, which will often lead to systemic change that may benefit a local community or the nation.
The Australian Lawyers Alliance Civil Justice Awards recognise the dedication, commitment and perseverance of individuals and organisations to social justice and human rights in Australia.
The National Civil Justice Award is presented at our National Conference annually in October. State-based Civil Justice Awards are presented at our State Conferences annually.
We warmly applaud the achievements of our previous winners:
|Year||National Civil Justice Award Recipient|
Outstanding advocacy for communities in Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia, who have sustained severe economic, social and environmental impacts following the Montara oil spill, which occurred in Australian waters of the Timor Sea in 2009.
Accepted by his daughter Gail Mabo, the Award celebrated his outstanding advocacy for the achievement of Indigenous rights, including the common law recognition of native title
Outstanding advocacy for refugee rights, including successful challenge in the High Court of Australia of the 'Malaysia Solution', and his representation of individuals negatively assessed by ASIO.
Outstanding advocacy in support of the rights of Indigenous people in the Northern Territory and in recognition of his work in saving Australians Scott Rush and Renae Lawrence from the death penalty in Indonesia.
|Year||Jurisdiction||State Civil Justice Award Recipient|
Awarded in recognition of outstanding advocacy to the United Nations on behalf of a young Victorian woman subjected to police brutality
Outstanding advocacy in defending criminal charges for five years against Australian citizen, Marcus Lee, in Dubai.
Outstanding advocacy in his work supporting the family of Daniel Morcombe, including establishing the Daniel Morcombe Foundation to improve children's safety in Australia.
Outstanding advocacy as the lead plaintiff in the class action fighting for the rights of thalidomide survivors against German drug company Grunenthal.
Outstanding advocacy for refugee rights
Paul Pisasale, Mayor of Ipswich
Outstanding advocacy for communities impacted by Queensland floods