Sasha Purcell
Human Rights Scholar
Biography

Sasha Purcell is a Fulbright Scholar and an LLM candidate at NYU, specializing in international law. As a Human Rights Scholar she is working on the Climate Litigation Accelerator with César Rodríguez-Garavito.

She is a lawyer and delegate for the United Nations Association of Australia-Qld Division. Most recently, Sasha returned from Geneva where she spoke at the United Nations 12th Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous People (EMRIP) on the issue of climate change in the Torres Strait.

Sasha has practiced in the area of foreign affairs, Police Prosecutions (criminal and domestic violence law) and child Protection litigation and currently works as a PhD researcher in Indigenous and social and criminal justice affairs. Sasha also has expertise in international law, human rights, climate change and environmental law.

Sasha was the founding Secretary of Pride in Law in 2017—Australia’s first independent not for profit legal networking association designed to bring together the LGBTIQ+ legal profession across multiple disciplines. Sasha is also a current member of the Queensland Law Society’s Reconciliation First Nations Action Committee – whose purpose is to advocate for and raise awareness for reconciliation and advancement of First Nations community and legal interests.

Sasha has taken the lead on a climate change research project within the Torres Strait Islands and has an interest in the preservation and advancement of Indigenous human rights. Sasha holds dual qualifications in law and international relations.

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