Chief Executive Officer
Jonathon has been the CEO of PIAC since August 2016.
Jonathon has over 22 years experience working a lawyer in NSW and the Northern Territory in areas including discrimination and human rights, migration and refugee law, Aboriginal land rights, criminal law, and coronial inquests.
As the Principal Legal Officer at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency in Darwin (2010-2016), Jonathon led the organisation’s criminal and civil practices across the Top End of the Northern Territory. He maintained a practice in criminal law and coronial inquests, regularly appearing as counsel the Court of Appeal, Court of Criminal Appeal, Supreme Court and Local Court. Jonathon also featured in local and national media as an expert commentator on law and justice issues impacting upon Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the NT, including mandatory sentencing.
Jonathon was the Director of Legal Services at the Australian Human Rights Commission from 2007-2010, where he appeared on behalf of the Commission, President and Commissioners as intervener and amicus curiae in discrimination and human rights cases and was counsel assisting the National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention.
Prior to this, Jonathon worked as a lawyer at the Central Land Council in Alice Springs and the NT Legal Aid Commission in Darwin. He has taught discrimination law at the University of NSW and has published widely in academic and professional journals.
Jonathon is a University Fellow at Charles Darwin University, a Director of the Australian Pro Bono Centre and on the Editorial Committee of the Indigenous Law Bulletin.
- ‘Who’s afraid of Advocacy?’, with Cassandra Goldie, PIAC 1 April 2019.
- ‘All We Need Is To KISS To Achieve Equality For LGBT Students’, New Matilda, 21 February 2019.
- ‘Smith’s same-sex marriage bill isn’t perfect, but it’s a workable compromise’, The Guardian, 9 November 2017.
- ‘New anti-LGBTI discrimination must be rejected’, PIAC 16 November 2017.
- ‘Law and True Justice: a perspective from the Top End’ in Harkness, Harris and Baker, Locating Crime in Context and Place (Federation Press, 2016).
- ‘Imprison me NT: Paperless arrests and the rise of executive power in the Northern Territory’ (2015) 8(21) Indigenous Law Bulletin 3.
- ‘Reining in the NT’s paperless arrests is progress towards Indigenous liberty’, with Ruth Barson, The Guardian, 12 November 2015.
- ‘A glass half empty? Alcohol, racial discrimination, special measures and human rights’ in Tim Southphommasane (ed) Perspectives on the Racial Discrimination Act (Australian Human Rights Commission, 2015).
- ‘Dancing with Strangers: Native Title and Australian Understandings of Race Discrimination’ in Brennan, Davis, Edgeworth and Terrill (eds) Native Title from Mabo to Akiba: A Vehicle for Change and Empowerment? (Federation Press, 2015).
- ‘Disgrace: the death of Mr Ward’ (2009) 7(15) Indigenous Law Bulletin 3.
- ‘Is it time to rethink special measures under the Racial Discrimination Act? The case of the Northern Territory Intervention’ (2009) 14(2) Australian Journal of Human Rights 39.
- ‘Human Rights in Coronial Inquests’ (2008) 12 Australian Indigenous Law Review 64.
- ‘Cyber-racism: can the RDA prevent it?’ (2008) 46(4) Law Society Journal 34.
- ‘Custom and culture in bail and sentencing: part of the problem or part of the solution?’ (2007) 6 Indigenous Law Bulletin 8.
- ‘Landmark decision in Aboriginal wages case’ (2007) 45(1) Law Society Journal 46.
- ‘Time Limits for Unlawful Discrimination Claims’ (2006) 44(3) Law Society Journal 40.
- ‘What’s wrong with being sexy? Short skirts and the SDA’ (2006) 31 Alternative Law Journal 15.
- ‘Remedies for Unlawful Discrimination’ (2005) 43 Law Society Journal 40.
- ‘Skin-deep: Inferences of Racial Discrimination in Employment’ (2003) 25 Sydney Law Review 535.
- ‘Don’t Jail the Ferryman: The Sentencing of Indonesian People Movers’ (2001) 26 Alternative Law Journal 223.
- ‘Warra Warra – Refugees and Protection Obligations in Relaxed and Comfortable Australia’ (2000) 25 Alternative Law Journal 227.
- ‘Mandatory Sentencing and the Concentration of Powers’, with Russell Goldflam, (1999) 24 Alternative Law Journal 211.
- ‘School Bullies and Lessons in Anti-Discrimination Law’ (1996) 18 Sydney Law Review 97.