Why we Exist

The Human Rights Law Alliance exists to change the law and preserve freedom.

As an organisation with a Christian ethos, our primary area of interest is the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion or belief. We work to ensure that all Australians can peacefully live out their faith and convictions both in private and in public without fear.

The freedom to believe lies at the core of all human rights and freedoms. Freedom of speech enables the communication of beliefs, whilst freedom of expression permits beliefs to be lived out in society. Freedom of association allows those of like-mind to form groups, communities and organisations governed by common conviction.

In the Christian context, these freedoms enable belief in the Christian gospel to be spoken, shared, lived and therefore to promote the best interests of all Australians.

Statement of Faith

What we do

Cases

We arrange good lawyers and funding for cases where people are in trouble with the law for living out their faith. By providing this practical help, we also set freedom-protecting legal precedents.

Training

By training students and practitioners, we equip lawyers to preserve and develop good law.

Advocacy

We write submissions, lobby, appear at inquiries and engage with the legislative process.

Alliance Building

A growing alliance of lawyers and experts sharing their respective knowledge for the furtherance of these aims.

Resources

The Human Rights Law Alliance produces resources for faith-based organisations to better protect their freedom.


Martyn Iles
Managing Director

Besides being a lawyer, Martyn's diverse background includes small business management (IT & tech), sales, publishing, not-for profit management, political lobbying and youth work.

Formerly Chief of Staff at the Australian Christian Lobby, Martyn began his role with the Human Rights Law Alliance in May 2016.

Christopher Brohier
Chief Counsel

Christopher's long legal career spans some 35 years of practice, first as a solicitor then at the South Australian bar. He has appeared on cases in various state tribunals, magistrates, district and supreme courts as well as both the Federal Court and the High Court of Australia.

In recent years Christopher has increasingly focused on human rights and Constitutional issues, engaging both on relevant cases and in the field of lobbying and policy advice.

David Burr
Chairman

David has been in legal practice with his wife for over 30 years with a major focus in commercial and property matters. David also holds a Master of Laws (Human Rights) from Monash University and has expanded his practice to include human rights matters.

In addition to legal practice, David has also pursued a number of business interests in property development, manufacturing and agriculture.

JJA Wallace AM
Board Member

Jim's long army career included command of the SAS Regiment, Special Forces and the Mechanised Brigade's 3,000 personnel and most of the army's fighting vehicles. He has also served with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation in Golan Heights. He attained the rank of Brigadier.

In 1984 Jim was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to counter terrorism.

Contact

For case assessments, we recommend filling out the form on our 'Legal Help' page in the first instance.

contact@hrla.org.au
(02) 6171 7446