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Cynthia Nguyen
LLB(Hons)/BSoc.Pol.Sc (UTS)

Cynthia Nguyen



Cynthia has expertise in legal, social and political research and writing. She has assisted clients in a range of sectors including the arts, education, design, government, and non-government. Her areas of expertise include intellectual property (IP), Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP), criminal law, children law, and mental health law and policy. She has produced numerous written works including speeches, journal articles, media releases, reports, policy submissions and evaluations, and advocacy campaigns and strategies. Cynthia has experience drafting and reviewing legal agreements, policies, and consent forms, and advising clients on matters concerning their IP and ICIP. Cynthia has experience conducting qualitative and quantitative data analysis, interviews and focus groups.


Currently, Cynthia is completing her Practical Legal Training to be admitted as a lawyer in NSW. Cynthia graduated with a combined degree in Communications (Social and Political Sciences) and Law with Honours at the University of Technology Sydney in 2022. While completing her degree, Cynthia undertook several projects in the public sector working for Local, State and Federal Parliament. She advised on communication matters and assisted in the writing of reports and analysis on animal welfare and environmental legislation.

​Photo by Jamie James

Recent Projects

  • Currently, Cynthia is assisting IP Australia with their internal Indigenous Engagement and Partnership Plan

  • She assisted in writing the chapter ‘Protecting Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property in Research Collaboration’ in the Routledge Handbook of Human Research Ethics and Integrity in the Australian Context.

  • Earlier this year, Cynthia advised the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts on IP and ICIP issues within their National Action Plan for International Decade of Indigenous Languages.

  • In Autumn 2022, Cynthia completed a 11,000-word Honours thesis on Indigenous women’s deaths in police custody. Her thesis won Best Paper at University of Sydney Law School’s Inspiring Legal Research Conference.

  • In 2019, Cynthia wrote two reports for government on fish welfare laws and local climate change mitigation strategies.


Cynthia is passionate about social justice, particularly Indigenous and climate justice. In her spare time, she loves being by the beach, hiking, camping, writing, reading and travelling the world. She loves to attend live music events and is the go-to for food recommendations in Sydney.

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