Director of Legal Advocacy, Human Rights Law Centre
Daniel Webb is the Human Rights Law Centre’s Director of Legal Advocacy. He leads much of the centre’s work defending the rights of people seeking asylum and people in all forms of detention. Daniel’s recent work includes High Court challenges to the Australian Government’s offshore detention regime (Plaintiff M68) and its secretive detention of 157 people at sea beneath the deck of an Australian customs ship (CPCF), as well as the #LetThemStay campaign run in partnership with GetUp! and the Australian Churches for Refugees Taskforce.
Daniel has travelled to Manus Island twice to inspect the detention centre and transit facility. By investigating conditions on the ground he helped shine a light on the darkest corners of Australia’s immigration detention network.
Prior to joining the HRLC Daniel was a senior lawyer with Victoria Legal Aid, specialising in mental health and disability advocacy, and for 12 months was The People’s Lawyer in the Republic of Kiribati. His NGO experience includes internships with the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights in Phnom Penh and Transparency International in Port Moresby, PNG. Daniel has also worked at the Yamatji Land and Sea Council and Pilbara Native Title Service, is on the Policy Committee of Liberty Victoria and a board member of Reprieve Australia. In 2010 Daniel was awarded an LIV President’s Award for his outstanding work for human rights and social justice.