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Elizabeth (Andreas) Evatt

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Reformist lawyer, born in Sydney, New South Wales, SE Australia. She studied at Sydney and Harvard universities, and was the youngest law student ever accepted to the Sydney University Law School, and the first woman to win the university law medal. She became deputy president of the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission (1973–89), chaired the Royal Commission on Human Relationships (1974–7), was first Chief Judge of the Family Court of Australia (1976–88), and was president of the Law Reform Commission (1988–93). She was a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (1984–92), and was elected to the UN Human Rights Committee (1993–2000). She became a commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists in 2003. Her publications include Ritual of Retribution (1996), In Defence of History (1997), and Tales from the German Underworld (1998).

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