About Scott Calnan

Based in Sydney, I am a senior lawyer with experience in advising and litigating as a solicitor in the areas of human rights, administrative law, constitutional law, anti-discrimination law, indigenous rights and property law. I specialise in advice and representation of clients in the areas of administrative law, constitutional law and human rights. I have had clients all around Australia and can advise and represent clients in all Australian jurisdictions. As I advise on human rights law I may also be able in some circumstances to act for international clients.

Previously I was a Senior Lawyer at Chalk & Fitzgerald (now Chalk & Behrendt). I have also been a volunteer at the Legal Department of the NAACP (in the United States), a volunteer at the Redfern Legal Centre, the Secretary of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights and a longstanding member of the Human Rights Committee of the Law Society of NSW (for more than 10 years). I am also a member of the Public Law Committee of the Law Society of NSW and a member of the Human Rights Legal Panel of the Queensland Parliament.

I hold a law doctorate (SJD), the highest degree awarded in law, from the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). I also hold a Masters of Law degree from UNSW and a Master of Laws (Public Law) degree from the Australian National University.

The thesis I submitted for my law doctorate achieved worldwide publication as “The Effectiveness of Domestic Human Rights NGOs: A Comparative Study” (Martinus Nijhoff, Leiden and Boston, 2008). I am also an author of the “Complaints” section of “The Law Handbook: Your Practical Guide to the Law in NSW” (14th ed) (Thomson Reuters, Sydney, 2016).

I have previously taught law at Macquarie Law School, Western Sydney University and the University of Sydney. In addition to legal practice I have also recently been a sessional teacher of administrative law, international law and constitutional law at UNSW and UTS Law.

I was admitted to legal practice by the Supreme Court of the ACT. I hold a current NSW Practice Certificate and I am on the Register of Practitioners of the High Court of Australia.