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Adjunct Lecturer in Law, UNSW Sydney

Elaine Pearson is an Adjunct Lecturer with the Australian Human Rights Centre at UNSW's Law Faculty. She is also the Australia Director at Human Rights Watch. Based in Sydney, Elaine regularly briefs journalists and policy makers on matters of domestic and foreign policy and human rights. Elaine writes frequently for numerous publications and her articles have appeared in Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian and the Australian. From 2007 to 2012 she was the Deputy Director of Human Rights Watch's Asia Division based in New York.

Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Elaine worked for the United Nations and various non-governmental organizations in Asia and London.

Elaine is on the Board of the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women.


  • –present
    Australia Director at Human Rights Watch & Adjunct Lecturer in Law, UNSW Australia


  • 2013 
    Princeton University's School of Public and International Affairs , Masters in Public Policy
  • 1999 
    Murdoch University, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts