Rosemary Kayess

Senior Research Fellow
Social Policy Research Centre

Contact

+61 2 9385 2224
+61 2 9385 7838
Room 134, Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus

Rosemary Kayess, has extensive disability policy experience. She has held ministerial advisory roles with both the state and federal government on disability and carer issues and was the external expert on the Australian Government delegation to the United Nations negotiations for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Rosemary has had extensive research experience working and advising on a variety of social research projects including access to justice, human rights and disability, guardianship, young people in nursing homes.

For more information on Rosemary Kayess, please see the Rosemary Kayess Faculty of Law profile.

Teaching

A human rights lawyer, Rosemary currently teaches in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales. Convening international law and human rights subjects, focusing on the equality provisions within international instruments and their translation into domestic law and policy.

Convener/Lecturer

LAWS8391/JURD7691 International Law of Equality and Discrimination

LAWS8056/JURD7656 Disability Law and Policy

LAWS3214/JURD7214 Discrimination and the Law

Faculty of Law

Supervision

LAWS3425 Research Thesis

LAWS9211/5211 Human Rights Internship Program

Senior Visiting Fellow

Disability Rights Expanding Accessible Markets or DREAM, a training network for early stage researchers stemming from the EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network Funding Programme. National University of Ireland (Galway), University of Iceland, Harvard Law School, University of Leeds, Maastricht University 2011 – 2014

Annual International Disability Summer School - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Centre for Disability Law and Policy, National University of Ireland, Galway 2011 - present

Regular Guest Lectures

LAWS8181/JURD7781 International Hum Rights Law

LAWS3182/JURD7582 International Human Rights Law and Advocacy

Faculty of Law

HESC3592 Neuromuscular Rehabilitation

Faculty of Medicine, School of Medical Sciences, Bachelor of Exercise Physiology

ARTS2845 Sex, Justice and Human Rights

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences

ARTS2870 Global Citizens, Justice and Civil Society.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences

COMD5002 - Development, Human Rights and Health

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences

Honours and prizes

2015 – ACDL’s Volunteer Program for the CLCNSW Award. 

Awarded as part of Law and Justice Foundation’s annual Justice Awards. This award recognises a volunteer or volunteer program that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to improving access to justice. 

2014 – Dean’s Award for Research Society Impact

The Awards celebrate excellent research performance by academics in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences.

2005 – Nominated for the Australian Human Rights Medal

Australian Human Right Awards. Nominated for my body of work in the field of human rights and disability.

2004 - Law and Justice Foundation, Combined Community Legal Centres Volunteer Award

Awarded as part of Law and Justice Foundation’s annual Justice Awards. This award recognises a volunteer or volunteer program that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to improving access to justice

1995 - University of NSW, Alumni Award

Every year UNSW formally recognises former students, both in Australia and overseas, who have achieved distinction in their field of endeavour. The UNSW Alumni Awards for Achievement are given in recognition of alumni who have made an outstanding contribution to the community, who have stimulated new ideas and services and who have exhibited exceptional dedication, creativity or leadership.

Professional contribution

Chairperson, Australian Centre for Disability Law (ACDL) 1995 – present

Member, Disability Reference Group, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).,  2008 - 2016

Member, Core Reference Group, National Seclusion and Restraint Project, National Mental Health Commission,, 2013 - present

Head of Delegation, Human Rights Council, Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review Twenty-third session, Geneva, 2-13 November 2015

Delegate, Conference of States Parties of the Convention on  the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. United Nations New York June 2015

Member, Advisory Group, Inquiry into Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws, Australian Law Reform Commission. 2014

Head of Delegation: Youth with Disabilities, Conference of States Parties of the Convention on  the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  United Nations New York June 2014

Member, Disability Policy Research Working Group Steering Committee, Council of Australian Government (COAG) 2010 – 2014

Head of Delegation, Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Tenth Session, United Nations Geneva, September 2 – 13 2013. 1st Periodic Review of Australia

Member, Australian Government Delegation. United Nations General Assembly Ad Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities June 2002 – August 2006 Eight Sessions

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