Anne Gallagher has built a formidable career as a lawyer, practitioner, teacher and scholar with a significant international reputation in human rights and the administration of criminal justice.
A graduate of Macquarie University, the Australian National University (ANU) and the University of Utrecht, Anne was recruited into the United Nations in 1993, serving for 12 years. She spent four of those years as Special Adviser to Mary Robinson, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of Ireland. During that time, Anne was closely involved in developing the international legal framework around human trafficking and migrant smuggling. Resigning from the UN in 2003, she moved her attention to the front lines and has since been working in South East Asia to develop more effective criminal justice responses to human trafficking. This initiative, funded by the Australian Government, has been widely acclaimed for its impact both within and outside the region.
Anne juggles her international development work with regular guest lecturer positions at some of the world’s best universities, consulting to the UN and authoring numerous scholarly works on trafficking, human rights and the rule of law. In 2011 she was awarded the inaugural Australian Freedom Award for her international leadership in the area of trafficking. The following year she was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia and was also named a 2012 Trafficking in Persons Hero by the then US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton for her work in the global fight against modern slavery. In 2013 she was named the inaugural ANU Alumni of the Year.