Associate Professor Justine Nolan


UNSW Kensington

Law Building

Room 332


Justine Nolan is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of NSW and the Deputy Director of the Australian Human Rights Centre. Justine's research focuses on the intersection of business and human rights, in particular, accountability for corporate violations of human rights. She is the author of a number of articles on this topic. She is a co-author of an international human rights book (The International Law of Human Rights, OUP, 2011). She teaches international human rights law and related courses on development, globalisation and business and human rights. She is a Visiting Scholar at NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights and in 2014 was a Visiting Fellow at Stanford's Human Rights Center.


Prior to joining UNSW in 2004, she worked as the Director of the Business and Human Rights program at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First) in the USA. This work examined ways in which to prevent and redress corporate violations of human rights. During this time Justine advised both companies and non governmental organisations on effective strategies to protect human rights in the corporate sphere and was closely involved in the establishment of the Fair Labor Association.


Justine worked closely with the United Nations on a number of business and human rights initiatives. She has also worked in both public interest and private legal practices. Justine was a member of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade & Ausaid's Human Rights Grants Scheme Expert Panel (HRGS) (2009-2013) which provided practical financial support for small community-based projects to promote and protect human rights in developing countries. She is also an advisory member of NSW Legal Aid's Human Rights Panel. Justine has given guest lectures at a number of univeristies including Yale, NYU, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Columbia, the University of Sydney, the University of Hong Kong and the University of Adelaide . She is an editor of the Australian Journal of Human Rights, Business and Human Rights Journal and the Human Rights Defender.