Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher, AM, delivered the 10th annual Michael Kirby Justice Oration for Victoria University’s College of Law and Justice on 25 August 2021. Her address, titled “Bringing rights home – mapping an agenda on promoting, protecting and fulfilling human rights in Australia”, was introduced by Professor Lidia Xynas, Dean, College of Law and Justice, and followed by The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG, who responded.
Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM FRSA FACLM (Hon) FAAL TEP commenced a seven-year term as President of the Australian Human Rights Commission on 30 July 2017. Prior to joining the Commission, Rosalind was President of the Australian Law Reform Commission (2009–2017) and Commissioner (2007–2009), where she led a number of significant law reform inquiries.
She has lectured and published extensively, principally in the fields of equity, trusts, property, inheritance, legal history and increasingly in public policy. From December 1999 to February 2007 she was Dean of Macquarie Law school. In 2011 she was recognised as one of the 40 ‘inspirational alumni’ of UNSW, where she gained her PhD in legal history and in 2013, she was made an Honorary Life Member of the Women Lawyers’ Association of New South Wales.
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, and for her ‘outstanding contribution to the legal profession’ was awarded the Australian Women Lawyer’s award.
In 2015 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for ‘significant service to the law as an academic, to legal reform and education, to professional development, and to the arts’; in 2018, UNSW conferred on her an honorary LLD; and, in the same year, she was appointed as Patron of The Lawyers Orchestra Inc.