Portrait of Anna Brown

Anna Brown

Anna Brown is the Human Rights Law Centre's Director of Advocacy and Strategic Litigation. She's worked with the HRLC since 2011, and has led much of the Centre’s work on LGBTI rights, police accountability, protester rights, and equality law reform.

Her work has included strategic litigation to advance marriage equality (Cth v ACT); recognise sex and gender diversity (Norrie’s case), and efforts to strengthen protection of political expression and assembly (Muldoon v Melbourne City CouncilAttorney-General of SA v City of Adelaide).

Major law reform projects include securing federal LGBTI discrimination protections and ongoing work to expunge historical convictions for gay sex offences in various states in Australia. In recognition for her contribution to the LGBTI community, Anna was named Victorian GLBTI person of the year in the inaugural GLOBE community awards in November 2014, was a finalist for the Tony Fitzgerald Community Award in the 2014 Australian Human Rights Awards, was a finalist for Victorian Australian of the Year in 2015 and won the Tim McCoy Award in 2015.

Anna chairs the Victorian Government’s LGBTI Taskforce Justice Working Group and Australians For Equality and is currently on the board of the Victorian Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby and the National LGBTI Health Alliance. Anna previously worked an adviser to the former Victorian Attorney-General and Deputy Premier, the Hon Rob Hulls. She has also worked as a Senior Solicitor with the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office, a Senior Associate with Allens Arthur Robinson and a Federal Court associate.