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Dr. Rebecca Ananian-Welsh is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law, Australia, where her present research explores the impact of national security laws on courts and press freedom. Rebecca has a dual interest in constitutional law and counter-terrorism and has published widely in these fields, including one book and two edited volumes. Prior to joining UQ Law, Rebecca held positions with the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at University of New South Wales Sydney, DLA Piper Sydney and the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department. Her contributions have been recognised in a number of awards, including a 2019 Academy of Social Sciences in Australia Paul Bourke Award.
Kieran Pender is a senior lawyer with the Human Rights Law Centre in Australia. He leads the Centre’s work on whistleblower protections. He is also an honorary lecturer at The Australian National University College of Law and a writer for The Guardian. Before joining the HRLC, Kieran was a senior legal advisor with the International Bar Association’s Legal Policy & Research Unit. Professor A J Brown is leader of the Centre for Governance & Public Policy’s public integrity and anti-corruption research program, and professor of public policy and law in the School of Government & International Relations. A 25-year veteran of developments in Australia’s integrity systems, since 2010 he has been a board member of Transparency International Australia, the world anti-corruption organisation, and in 2017 and again in 2020 was elected to Transparency International’s global board, where he led the development of its worldwide strategy ‘Holding Power to Account, 2021-2030’. Since 2005 he has led six Australian Research Council projects into public integrity and governance reform, including two establishing the Australian Constitutional Values Survey, three into public interest whistleblowing, and the 2020 Australian Research Council Linkage Project report, ‘Australia’s National Integrity System: The Blueprint for Reform’. In 2012, his biography Michael Kirby: Paradoxes & Principles was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, Walkley Book Award and National Biography Award. He was the 2017-18 President of the Australian Political Studies Association, and a member of the Commonwealth Ministerial Expert Advisory Panel on Whistleblower Protection (2017-2019). He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.