Olivia Henderson
LLB(Hons) BA (UTS)

Olivia Henderson

Legal Intern

Expertise

Olivia holds a Bachelor of Laws majoring in Legal Futures and Technology with honours and a Bachelor of Communication from the University of Technology Sydney. Her thesis research focused on the privacy implications of maintaining Indigenous knowledge and personal information in the national archives. Olivia is particularly interested in Indigenous Data Sovereignty, emerging technologies and privacy law.

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Experience

Olivia has previously worked at Allens, Herbert Smith Freehills, Kind and Wood Mallesons and the Human Rights Law Centre. In paralegal roles and internships, she has assisted with investigations from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, contract drafting, legal research and report writing.


Prior to coming to law, Olivia worked in the fashion industry for nearly a decade in Europe, the United States, Asia and in Australia; with high profile clients including Calvin Klein, Chanel and Vogue Magazine.  She has also worked as a journalist for publications including the New York Times, Elle Magazine and 2SER radio.


Awards

  • Robert Greenwood QC Memorial Award (2018) – highest achieving Indigenous law student

  • Ossie Jerra Award (2018) – best reporting on violence against women

  • NSW First Nations Moot (2017) – moot winner

  • 2SER Radio Awards (2017) – best current affairs reporting

  • Timeout 40 under 40 (2016)


Community

Olivia is a proud Palawa woman who grew up on Dja Dja Wurrung country in Victoria and now resides in Sydney on Gadigal land. During her studies she was a mentor and tutor for other First Nations law students and a student representative on the Waran-gi Pyalla committee, tasked with integrating Indigenous perspectives into the UTS law syllabus. She was a founding member and chairperson of the advocacy group SVWBS that campaigned to reduce online sexual and gendered harassment. Olivia has also been a board member of Vibewire and the Women’s Tobacco Reduction Project at ACON.

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