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Law Council of Australia


Intervention on International Human Rights Matters

29 July 2011

In these guidelines, “intervention” means any representation, statement or other communication expressing the Law Council’s position, other than a formal representation in the proceedings of a court, tribunal or similar body.

A decision on whether to intervene in an international human rights matter must be made by the Secretary-General, unless he or she considers the matter of such significance that it requires a decision by the Executive. The decision to intervene, and the decision on whether to refer the intervention decision to the Executive, may be made in consultation with office holders of the Law Council if this is considered appropriate by the Secretary-General.

A decision not to intervene will be briefly reported in the Secretary-General’s regular written reports to the Executive and Directors.

The decision should take into account the following factors:


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