The Establishment of the Gilbert + Tobin Chair of Indigenous Law

21 February 2011

Photography by John Gollings

Sydney Law School is pleased to announce the establishment of its first Chair of Indigenous Law, made possible by a generous gift of $1 million from Law Firm, Gilbert + Tobin.

The Gilbert + Tobin Chair of Indigenous Law, initially in place for five years, will lead the establishment of a rigorous Indigenous Law program, developing generalist undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Indigenous Law while enhancing the capacity of the Sydney Law School to service specialist postgraduate research.

"The generosity of Gilbert + Tobin in supporting the inaugural Chair of Indigenous Law will underpin the success of Indigenous Law at Sydney Law School and allow us to generate significant momentum in this area," said the Dean, Professor Gillian Triggs.

"Philanthropic support is vital for the Law School and I am delighted that Gilbert + Tobin share our belief in the importance of this initiative.

"In line with the University's Indigenous Strategy, it is my hope that we can appoint an outstanding Indigenous candidate."

In addition to engagement with the Koori Centre, the Indigenous Education Advisory Committee, and colleagues within the division of Law, Arts & Social Sciences, Education & Social Work, the Chair will foster relationships with external stakeholders such as Indigenous community legal organisations, academics and practitioners.

The Chair will also engage with the media and play an active role in raising the profile of Indigenous Law at Sydney Law School.

"We at Gilbert + Tobin are very pleased to support the University in the establishment of the Chair of Indigenous law," said Managing Partner, Mr Danny Gilbert AM.

"There is a great deal of thinking and hard work still to be done in this field, for the benefit of all Australians, Indigenous and Non Indigenous alike, and we welcome the opportunity to participate with the University in this important work."

Gilbert + Tobin is one of the top boutique Law firms in Australia.

The firm has a substantial and highly regarded pro-bono practice and has shown leadership in its nationwide assistance to Indigenous Australians and in implementing Indigenous initiatives including the adoption of a Reconciliation Action Plan, Indigenous Employment Program, and an Indigenous Youth Program.

The University of Sydney recently announced the establishment of the new position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy & Services), responsible for finalising the integrated Indigenous Participation, Engagement, Education and Research Strategy which is part of its Strategic Plan for 2011-15.

Further information:

Demelza Birtchnell

T +61 2 9351 0467


Contact: Greg Sherington

Phone: +61 2 9351 0202

Email: 12330f0d6f1f5e32165c092d22213a101f48350d364f19162c217d0934