Academic Staff

Professor Andrew Byrnes

B.A. (Hons), LLB (Hons) (ANU), LLM (Harv), LLM (Columbia)


Andrew Byrnes was the Associate Professor of the Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong, and the Director of the Centre for Comparative and Public Law and Director of the Master of Laws in Human Rights until his departure in 2001. He then joined as the Professor of Law at the Australian National University (2001-2005) and UNSW Law Faculty as Professor of International Law in May 2005.

Since May 2005 he has been chair of the Committee of Management of the Australian Centre for Human Rights and a member of its subcommittees on international law/international humanitarian law, and human rights education. He is currently Co-Director of Studies of the International Law Association (Australian Branch), Co-Rapporteur of the ILA’s Committee on International Human Rights Law and Practice, and a member of the Executive Council of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law.

He also serves as a member of the Asian Development Bank’s External Forum on Gender and Development, as a member of the Advisory Committee of the International Women’s Rights Action Watch (Asia Pacific), as a member of the Advisory Committee, International Disability Monitoring Project of Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI), based at York University, Canada, and a member of the International Litigation Advisory Committee of the Center for Reproductive Rights (New York). He has acted as a consultant to a number of international and national public agencies and NGOs. Most recently, he has been an adviser to the delegation of the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions to the UN General Assembly Ad Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of a Disability Convention, from 2004-2006.