Dr Elizabeth Evatt


Elizabeth Evatt is currently serving her second term as Commissioner of the International Committee of Jurists.

She was first elected in 2003 and re-elected in 2008. She has had a long career in law and human rights at both the national and international levels.  She was the first Chief Judge of the Family Court of Australia from 1976 to 1988, and the first female judge of an Australian federal court. She was the first Australian to be elected to the United Nations Human Rights Committee in 1992, serving as a member from 1993 to 2000 and was also a member of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women from 1984 to 1992. From 1995 to 1998, she was a Commissioner of the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. From 1998 to 2006 she was a judge of the World Bank Administrative Tribunal. Judge Evatt has been an outspoken advocate of issues relating to human rights in Australia, particularly women's rights. She was made an Officer of the Order of Australia on 14 June 1982, and was granted the status of Companion of the Order of Australia, Australia's highest civil honour, on 12 June 1995. She studied Law at the University of Sydney and at Harvard Law School.