The winners of the 2012 Children’s Law Awards have been announced, acknowledging the importance of promoting and advocating children’s legal rights in Australia.
Presented by the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre (NCYLC) and King & Wood Mallesons with the support of the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, the awards recognise the achievements and commitment of individuals and organisations who advance the legal rights and interests of children and young people across the country.
The 2012 winners are:
King & Wood Mallesons partner and Chair of ‘Mallesons in the Community’ Chris Wheeler said: “The calibre of our winners and finalists is a sound reflection of the outstanding work that is done to advance the legal rights of children in our country. It’s important work, and we’re proud to be a part of it.”
Director of the NCYLC Matthew Keeley said: “In 2012, a year which has seen the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child review Australia’s implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and find it seriously wanting, I am delighted that our finalists have been recognised for their work in those areas that the Committee is so concerned about.”
Andrew McGregor, Sarah Westwood and Victoria Legal Aid, Lisa O’Neill, Loki Ball and Timothy Braund all received honourable mentions.
To coincide with the 2012 Children’s Law Awards, a special edition of the Human Rights Law Resource Centre bulletin has been released. The bulletin, which can be found here, contains articles that consider a number of human rights and legal issues affecting children and young people in Australia.
For more information, please contact:
Head of Communications
King & Wood Mallesons
T +61 2 9296 3716
National Children’s and Youth Law Centre
T +61 2 9385 9585
The NCYLC is a community legal centre that focuses on addressing the human and legal rights issues confronting children and young people. The NCYLC aims to provide advice and information to children and young people about their legal rights and responsibilities; support test cases on behalf of children and young people to clarify or further their legal rights; bring about changes to laws, policies and practices to advance the rights of children and young people; and promote the implementation in Australia of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The NCYLC provides invaluable legal education and information to children through online programs such as “Lawstuff” and “Lawmail”, an email advice, information and referral service.
On 1 March 2012, Mallesons Stephen Jaques combined with China’s King & Wood to create King & Wood Mallesons – a legal powerhouse for the Asian century.
King & Wood Mallesons has approximately 385 partners and 1,705 lawyers. It is one of the largest law firms in Asia, the largest firm in the world headquartered outside of the US and UK, and is the market leader in three of the world’s most dynamic economies: Mainland China, Australia and Hong Kong.
Since 2001, King & Wood Mallesons has formalised its contribution to the community through the ‘Mallesons in the Community’ program. The NCYLC is one of King & Wood Mallesons’ key community partners. With a partnership spanning over a decade, King & Wood Mallesons and the NCYLC have worked together to promote the individual and collective legal rights of children and young people within Australia.
Staff at the National Children's and Youth Law Centre can be contacted at the following:
Phone Number: (02) 9385 9588
Fax Number: (02) 9385 9589
Page Last Updated: 24th Aug 2012