Lieutenant Colonel Dan Mori (Ret) is renowned for challenging the US military commission system. He is now working for Shine Lawyers in Australia to provide access to justice for those who would otherwise be forgotten.
Mr Mori joined the Shine Lawyers social justice team in 2012 after serving almost 30 years in the United States Marine Corps. He is well-known for representing Australian citizen and Guantánamo Bay detainee David Hicks between 2003 and 2007. In June 2007, Mr Mori was presented with an honorary membership of the Australian Bar Association for his defence of David Hicks. Later that year he was awarded a civil justice award from the Australian Lawyers Alliance as ‘recognition by the legal profession of unsung heroes who, despite personal risk or sacrifice, have fought to preserve individual rights, human dignity or safety’.
Mr Mori has worked as a senior military judge and has received several US awards and decorations. These include the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Roger N. Baldwin Medal of Liberty Award. He is now studying to be admitted as a solicitor in Australia and continues to advise Shine Lawyers on human rights and social justice cases.