International Philanthropist, Barrister & Human Rights Lawyer
Jennifer Robinson is an Australian human rights lawyer and barrister at Doughty Street Chambers in London specialising in human rights, media, public, and international law. Described as “an eloquent activist for the world’s downtrodden and disenfranchised”, the Rhodes Project lists her as one of the most famous Rhodes scholar women along with Rachel Maddow, Susan Rice, Naomi Wolf, and Chrystia Freeland.
Jennifer has a particular focus on human rights, free speech and freedom of information, advising media organisations, journalists, social movements and activists. Since 2010 she has been warning about the grave free speech implications of the criminal investigation into WikiLeaks for media organisations and journalists everywhere.
Her work often involves UN engagement advising governments, individuals and organisations on international law and human rights issues. She acts for the BBC World Service over Iran’s persecution of BBC Persian journalists and recently provided expert evidence on international law to the UN inquiry into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and acts for the family of murdered Maltese journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, seeking justice and accountability.
Jennifer describes the common thread of her legal work as helping those who have the courage to stand up for what is right against powerful interests. In her TED talk, Courage is Contagious, she tells the story of her client Benny Wenda, the leader of the liberation movement of West Papua and the ongoing struggle for self-determination from Indonesia. Wenda has since been twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.