Professor Mick Dodson is a member of the Yawuru peoples – the traditional owners of land and waters in the Broome area of the southern Kimberley region of Western Australia. He is director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University and professor of law at the ANU College of Law.
Dodson is also currently a director of Dodson, Bauman & Associates Pty Ltd – Legal & Anthropological Consultants. He is formerly the director of the Indigenous Law Centre at the University of New South Wales, Kensington.
He was Australia’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner with the Human Rights Commission. He served as commissioner from April 1993 to January 1998. In 2009, he was named Australian of the Year by the National Australia Day Council.