Australian Human Rights Commission
Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher was appointed to the Australian Human Rights Commission in July 2017 for a seven-year term. Prior to this she was President of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC). Rosalind has been Commissioner-in-charge of nine law reform inquiries, including client legal privilege, secrecy laws, discovery, age barriers, disability laws, freedoms, elder abuse and two inquiries into family violence.
Rosalind had a distinguished career in legal education prior to joining the ALRC, with 25 years in university teaching and management, including as Dean of Law at Macquarie University for eight years and Acting Dean of Law at Sydney University. In 2007 Rosalind was made a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. Her contributions have been acknowledged in a number of honorary appointments: Honorary Fellow of St Andrew’s College of the University of Sydney, Honorary Fellow of the Australian College of Legal Medicine and honorary life membership of the Women Lawyer’s Association of NSW.
She has also undertaken pro bono leadership roles including as Governor of Ascham School for nine years, Councillor of St Andrew’s College, as a board member of the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans, and Vice-President of the International Academy of Estate and Trust law.
Rosalind has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney; and a PhD from the University of New South Wales. She was admitted as a legal practitioner in New South Wales in 1981.
In 2011, she was recognised as one of the 40 ’inspirational alumni’ of UNSW and in 2014 she was acknowledged for her contributions to public policy as one of Australia’s ‘100 Women of Influence’ in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac awards. In 2014, she was the inaugural winner of the Australian Woman Lawyer (AWL) Award.