Gemma Leigh Dodds

Gemma Leigh Dodds.

Gemma Leigh Dodds is a senior human rights and discrimination lawyer, with experience in strategic litigation and advocacy, class actions and novel duty of care cases. Previously, Gemma was also a judge’s associate at the Supreme Court of Victoria, spending time in both the common law division and Court of Appeal. She is particularly interested in the legalities and intersection of mental health, crime, memory and trauma in closed environments, and has been interviewed by ABC and community radio regarding criminal record discrimination and her experience handling compensation claims for asylum seekers. More recently, Gemma has been involved in cases regarding disability access and discrimination.

Gemma volunteers her time with a number of organisations, including with Behind the Wire, and helped organise the Reclaim Princes Park vigil. She also co-founded the Rights Advocacy Project for Liberty Victoria; a twelve-month program to train and provide mentorship to up-and-coming human rights activists and lawyers. She also enjoys puns and will offer them whenever they are not required.

Gemma Leigh Dodds.

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.