A Woman of Influence

Law Society Journal August 2015

Jennifer Robinson, legal adviser to Julian Assange and the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, is Director of Legal Advocacy for the Bertha Foundation where she established the Bertha Justice Initiative that supports 120 young lawyers in 16 countries to practise “movement lawyering”.

Julie McCrossin speaks to her in London about her work with filmmakers, lawyers and activists and her journey from Bomaderry High on the south coast of NSW to the centre of international legal activism.

At Yale Law School they call it “cause lawyering”. Other law journals use the term “radical lawyering”. At the Bertha Foundation it’s “movement lawyering”. Whatever you call it, 34-year-old Australian lawyer Jennifer Robinson does it and her goal is to ensure that more human rights lawyers get the chance to do it as well.

Published in the August issue of the Law Society of NSW Journal.

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