Former Director of Public Prosecutions and Human Rights Promoter

The rights that all humans of all ages enjoy may be found in the UN instruments agreed to by the community of nations and reinforced in national legislation. Domestic laws have made special provisions for elders (and the young) that recognise their situations in the population and we need to ensure that both international and local standards are applied.

Nicholas Cowdery AM QC has spent 48 years in criminal justice in various capacities. He has been a public defender, a barrister, an acting Judge and for 16 ½ years was Director of Public Prosecutions for NSW. He is a former President of the International Association of Prosecutors. He is now an Adjunct Professor of Law and a Visiting Professorial Fellow at several universities. He has had a strong connection with the protection and promotion of human rights, especially in the criminal justice system, and was founding Co-Chair of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association from 1995-2000. He is a member of the National Human Rights Committee of the Law Council of Australia. He is the Chair of White Ribbon Australia.