Lydia Shelly


Change Makers

Lydia Shelly is admitted as a solicitor with the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia and is the principal solicitor at Shelly Legal. Lydia is a community advocate and is deeply concerned over the erosion of fundamental legal principles with the introduction of further counter-terrorism legislation in Australia, as well as the implications for social cohesion and human rights.

Lydia is on the committee of the New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties and regularly assists a number of not-for-profits associations. Lydia is a proud member of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, Women Lawyers Association of New South Wales and the Australian Law Council.

Lydia has presented evidence at several Parliamentary inquiries into proposed laws relating to criminal offences and counter terrorism, including the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014 and the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill.

She is Vice President of the Islamophobia Register Australia, which seeks to provide a nationally coordinated means of reporting incidents of bias motivated incidents directed at Australian Muslims.

She is also concerned over Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers and the politicisation of refugees, as well as Australia’s engagement in military operations overseas.She believes that a Bill of Rights for all Australians is long overdue and necessary to ensure civil liberties and human rights are protected.

To learn more about Lydia’s work, please visit her website.