Laura Melrose
BInSt LLB (UNSW)

Laura Melrose

Solicitor

Expertise

Laura was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in October 2020, after graduating with distinction from University of New South Wales with a double Bachelor of Laws / International Studies (International Relations) in 2019.


Experience

Laura has a legal background in native title and First Nations rights and interests in relation to land, water, cultural heritage and natural resources. She has experience in culturally safe engagement with First Nations stakeholders, organisations and communities, and in liaising with councils, project proponents and government agencies to negotiate agreements, make policy submissions and conduct outreach work on country. Laura has worked on litigated matters in the Local, Family and Federal Courts in criminal law, family law and native title. She also has research experience investigating human rights implications in several fields including technology, climate change and COVID-19.

Artwork: Bibi Barba, 'Terri - Butterfly Flowers Dreaming' (2020)

Recent Projects


Community

Laura has volunteered and worked for the Australian Human Rights Institute, the UNSW Human Rights Clinic, and is a member of the NSW Young Lawyers Human Rights Committee. A former musical theatre performer, she is a passionate supporter of music and the arts. On her days off she loves SCUBA diving, surfing, cryptic crosswords, trying new recipes and getting out into the bush.

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