Yazda-Legal Advisor and Board member
George Newhouse is a prominent Australian human rights lawyer, Adjunct Professor of Law at Macquarie University and an advocate for law reform. Newhouse is the principal solicitor and a Director of the National Justice Project. He is well known for his work with the vulnerable, in particular, the mentally ill, Aboriginal Australians, Aboriginal youth, refugees, detainees and prisoners. He has worked extensively with the survivors of genocide from Armenia, Africa and Europe.
Most notably, Newhouse represented Vivian Solon, who was illegally deported from Australia and Cornelia Rau who was wrongfully detained in an Australian detention centre for 10 months. He has acted in inquests for over 60 families. He also acted for 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers intercepted on the High Seas by Australian Customs in the High Court case of CPCF v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection.
As an advocate of Aboriginal rights, Newhouse has acted for the Mutitjulu and Muckaty Aboriginal Communities against the Commonwealth Government.
In the recent case of s99 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, he was able to extend the Minister for Immigrationâ€™s duty of care to a refugee raped on Nauru.