Dr Phillip Tahmindjis

BA 1972, LLB 1975

Dr Phillip Tahmindjis is at the forefront of human rights law, and among other crucial projects was responsible for overseeing the establishment of the Afghan Independent Bar Association established as an entity in July 2008.

After graduating in Arts and Law from University of Sydney, Phillip Tahmindjis undertook a Master of Laws degree from University College London, and a Doctorate from Dalhousie University, Canada.

Admitted to the bar of New South Wales in 1978, he is the former Head of the School of Law at Queensland University of Technology and a former member of the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Tribunal. He has been a consultant to private industry and government with respect to the implementation of human rights (particularly with respect to anti-discrimination measures) and is the editor of four books and the author of several articles in this area.

Dr Tahmindjis is now Co-Director of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association in London. He has considerable experience in capacity building for bar associations, in particular in Afghanistan, Swaziland, Bhutan, the Maldives and East Timor. He has also undertaken human rights training of lawyers in Iraq, Libya, Palestine, Pakistan, Nepal, Jordan, Dubai and the Former ugoslavia, and has compiled a Human Rights Training Manual in conjunction with the UN High Commission for Human Rights.

He has conducted human rights fact finding missions to Russia, Nepal, Pakistan, Swaziland and Syria, and co-ordinated the project to establish global guidelines for human rights fact finding. He is also a trustee of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre.

He has held executive positions in several organisations, including President of the Queensland branch of Amnesty International, Trustee of the Queensland AIDS Council, and Vice-President of the International Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association.

Dr Tahmindjis has recently written an article for the University of Sydney UK Alumni Association newsletter, entitled Establishing a bar association in Afghanistan: re-establishing the rule of law? Click here for a copy of the newsletter featuring his article.