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Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

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Julian Burnside


Melbourne, Australia

Generally thinking:

Finance & Legal
Arts & Entertainment

My tags:

ActivismArtLawMusicPhilanthropySocial ChangeWriting

Very good at:
+ speaking
+ listening
+ making things out of found objects

About me & my work:

I specialise in commercial litigation and I do a lot of pro bono human rights work.

I joined the Bar in 1976 and took silk in 1989. I have acted pro bono in many human rights cases, in particular concerning the treatment of refugees.

I am passionately involved in the arts. I collect contemporary paintings and sculptures and regularly commission music. I am Chair of Fortyfive Downstairs and Chair of Chamber Music Australia. I have written a successful children’s book, Matilda and the Dragon (Allen & Unwin) and a book of essays on language and etymology, Wordwatching – field notes from an amateur philologist, (Scribe, 2004). In 2004 I was elected as a Living National Treasure. In 2009 I was made an Officer of the Order of Australia. In 2014 I was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize. I am married to artist Kate Durham.

My links:

My Website


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