The  Committee manages the business of CCL. It consists of 20 members (including the Executive) and is elected annually. The Committee meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month in the Council Chambers of the Sydney Town Hall.  CCL members are welcome to attend. 

Martin BibbyMartin Bibby

Martin has been a member of the Committee since 2004. He was Assistant Secretary for a number of years and  convener of civil rights subcommittee 2007-2013.  Martin writes a large number of CCL’s submissions in relation to civil liberties and human rights issues. 

Formerly President of: Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia, NSW Institute for Educational Research, Schoolwatch Committee;  Chair of the Board of Educational Philosophy and Theory and the ethics committee of the Australian Association for Research in Education; secretary of the Federation of Australian Postgraduate Associations

Oscar Coleman

Oscar Coleman was Vice-President of NSWCCL from 2014-2015, and has actively served on the NSWCCL committee since then. Oscar is studying at Sydney University and is particularly interested in digital rights and freedoms. He is co-convenor of the Membership and Supporters Action Group.

AngelaCatallo180x220.jpgAngela Catallo

Angela is a Welfare Officer with the NSW Teachers Federation and before that a High School English and ESL teacher in South-Western Sydney. In her present role she is involved in advising on the industrial rights of workers. With a background teaching students from diverse social and cultural backgrounds she has an interest in immigration policy and the availability of social and legal rights to the less advantaged members of our society.


Nicholas Cowdery AM QC

Nicholas Cowdery  is a former Director of Public Prosecutions for NSW and a Barrister for over 40 years who has been active in the protection and promotion of human rights for decades. 

From 1995 to 2000 he was inaugural Co-Chair of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association. For many years he was Human Rights Advisor to the Law Council of Australia and is a member of its National Human Rights Committee. He has been a member of the Human Rights Committees of the NSW Bar Association and of LAW ASIA and is a member of the International Commission of Jurists, Australian Section. He is currently also a Board Member of the Rule of Law Institute of Australia, and teaches criminal law at several universities.


katedouch180x220.jpgKathleen Douch

Kathleen Douch is a solicitor currently practising in commercial law. She is passionate about the protection of human rights and has recently been involved in a number of legal cases concerning the civil liberties of asylum seekers and protestors. Kate is co-convenor of the Asylum Seekers and Refugees Action Group. 


Hans Heilpern

Hans Heilpern is currently a legal member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal. As an academic he developed and taught in the first NSW tertiary courses for police and prison officers.

During the Wran Labor Government he was chief of staff to the Attorney General and later the Director General of the Department of Community Services.

Hans has been a member of a number of Commonwealth and State tribunals and was a member of the NSW Parole Board.

He was a special consultant to Commonwealth Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and the Commonwealth Minister for Health in connection with HIV/AIDS in prison.  He was a Commissioner on the Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Queensland.

Mansour2.jpgRamzy Mansour

Ramzy Mansour joined the CCL Committee in October 2014. He was a member of Police Power and civil liberties subcommittee in 2013.

Born in Port Said Egypt, Ramzy graduated from the Faculty of Commerce, Ain Shams University, Cairo, before migrating to Australia in 1988.

Ramzy has always held concerns about human rights, particularly the protections around the fairness of trial, the right of the convicted to have their sentence reviewed by higher courts, the death penalty and the lack of transparency surrounding the identity of those who have been executed.

Ramzy joined CCL to actively to advocate for Civil Liberties. He is a strong supporter of the Rights of Freedom of Opinion and Expression of all persons in accordance with the fundamental principles as set in article (19) of International Convention on Civil and Political Rights. Ramzy was a campaigner for Arm Trade Treaty (ATT) in 2012 & 2013, and is currently campaigning to stop torture, and to advocate for a Human Rights Bill for NSW

Profile_picture_pallas2.jpgJosh Pallas 

Josh Pallas is an interdisciplinary international law researcher. He is a PhD Candidate in International Criminal Law At the University of New South Wales. Josh holds First Class Honours degrees in Law and Politics from the University of Wollongong and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from ANU. Josh has also been a Tutor and Research Assistant at the University of Wollongong in Law and International Studies. Additionally, Josh practises family and criminal law with McAneny Lawyers. He commenced his association with CCL in 2014, when he completed an internship. Josh has also volunteered with Inner City Legal Centre, and the International Humanitarian Law Department at Australian Red Cross.


Schoefiled2.jpgEugene Schofield

Eugene has practised criminal and employment law for nearly a decade, working in both New South Wales and the Northern Territory with NSW Legal Aid and the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency. He is now an academic at Macquarie University Law School where he teaches and commentates on criminal law, the law of evidence and legal history.

His current work focuses on the evolution of civil rights and liberties in New South Wales and the numerous incursions against these liberties through ‘law and order’ politics since the mid-1980s. 
Eugene’s recent scholarship has examined the criminalisation of trade unions through the Australian Building and Construction Commission and The Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption as well as the threatened closure of the ALS Custody Notification Service by the Federal Coalition Government

Malcolm Ramage QC

Malcolm is a barrister specializing in criminal law. He was appointed QC in 1990. Malcolm has been a NSWCCL member since about 1971 and has has held the role of President. Malcolm is the convenor of the Legal Panel. 

Pedram Mohseni

Pedram is a law student at the University of Sydney. He joined the NSWCCL Committee in November 2016. He is a staunch supporter of civil liberties, especially with respect to criminal justice, prison reform and police powers.

Lydia ShelleyLydia Shelly

Lydia is admitted as a solicitor with the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. She is a practicing solicitor and joined the committee in 2014. She is concerned over the erosion of fundamental legal principles with the introduction of further counter-terrorism legislation, as well as the implications for social cohesion and human rights.

Lydia has presented evidence at several Parliamentary inquiries into proposed laws relating to criminal offences and counter terrorism, including the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014 and the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill. 

She is also concerned over Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers and the politicisation of refugees, as well as Australia's engagement in military operations overseas.

She believes that a Bill of Rights for all Australians is long overdue and necessary to ensure civil liberties and human rights are protected.  




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