Ruth Barson

Non-Executive Director

Ruth Barson is a committed human rights lawyer who is passionate about challenging injustice and advocating for equality and fairness.

She is an experienced leader and board member and is currently a Legal Director at the Human Rights Law Centre where she leads a multidisciplinary team of lawyers and advocates working to end racial inequality in the criminal legal system and to defend the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and children and adults behind bars.

Prior to working at the Human Rights Law Centre, Ruth spent a number of years working for the Aboriginal Legal Services in Darwin, Alice Springs and in remote Western Australia. She has also been an advisor to Government, worked as an advocate with Victoria Legal Aid and was employed by the former Victorian Attorney-General, Rob Hulls, at the Centre for Innovative Justice, to research and author a ground-breaking report looking at restorative justice responses to sexual assault. 

Ruth holds a Masters of Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford and a Masters of Laws from the University of Sydney. She was previously the Deputy Chair of Women’s Legal Service Victoria.

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