Blind lawyer wins human rights award
Gilbert + Tobin lawyer Darren Fittler has won the prestigious Human Rights Law Award, which was presented at a ceremony in Sydney last month.
Gilbert + Tobin lawyer Darren Fittler (pictured) has won the prestigious Human Rights Law Award, which was presented at a ceremony in Sydney last month.
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The annual Human Rights Awards, hosted by the Australian Human Rights Commission, recognises individuals and organisations that make a significant contribution to advancing human rights in Australia.
“I am truly honoured to have won this award given the high calibre of the other finalists,” said Fittler, who was listed as a finalist alongside Allens, human rights researcher Professor Paul Redmond and barrister and solicitor Stephen Kenny.
Fittler has built a strong career in law despite being blind for most of his life. He heads up the Third Sector Advisory Group at Gilbert + Tobin and is a member of the Disability Advisory Council for the NSW Department of Justice.
He was chosen to be part of the non-government delegation to the United Nations Ad Hoc Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and was a recipient of Lawyers Weekly Young Gun Award in 2010.