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2021 LIV Paul Baker Award recipient announced

2021 LIV Paul Baker Award recipient announced

By LIV Media


Dr Carolyn Graydon has been announced as the recipient of the 2021 LIV Paul Baker Award.

The Paul Baker Award recognises those who have made significant contributions in the field of administrative or human rights law.

The award is named in memory of former LIV Administrative Law and Human Rights Section Chair Paul Baker, a man who dedicated countless hours to his LIV Committee work, and an unrivalled passion in the pursuit of social justice and human rights. Paul worked in migration, refugee and gender equality who had a strong determination to ensure that people could articulate and exercise their rights.

Each year, this award recognises an individual who demonstrates that same spirit of passion and determination in their own work.

LIV President Tania Wolff congratulated Dr Graydon on receiving the award and commended her contribution to the legal profession.

“I’d like to personally thank Dr Graydon for the sustained and significant contribution she has made to human rights law,” Ms Wolff said.

“Her impact has been both profound and far-reaching and this goes not only for the many asylum seekers and refugees she advocates for on a daily basis, but also for those who’ve been fortunate to work alongside and learn from her every day.”

Dr Graydon is a true leader and role model in our profession, with her impact spanning not just nationally but internationally in her 25 years as a human rights lawyer.

Beyond her current role as principal lawyer at Asylum Seekers Resource Centre (ASRC), Dr Graydon is also involved in the LIV Refugee Law Reform Committee and has worked with a range of United Nations organisations, and international NGOs.

In her role at ASRC she oversees a team of solicitors and volunteers all working to provide legal assistance to some of the community’s most vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees.

She played a major role in reshaping the services ASRC were able to provide during COVID-19. This period was particularly dire for many migrants, who fell outside any safety nets of Government welfare payments during the pandemic.

Dr Graydon thanked the LIV for its recognition in receiving the award.

““I am so honoured to accept this award. I thank the LIV for its recognition, and also for the collective work it does in advocating for human rights including for people seeking asylum and refugees,” Dr Graydon said.

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