Mary Crock

Mary Crock

Mary Crock (BA (Hons) LLB (Hons) PhD (Melbourne University)) has worked in the area of immigration and refugee law since 1985. She is Professor of Public Law and Associate Dean (Post Graduate Research)) at the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney.

An Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law, she has been Chief examiner/ Head Assessor in various Specialist Accreditation programs in Immigration Law across Australia since 1994 and was listed in the peer-appointed publication Best Lawyers in Australia in Immigration Law in 2008 - 2010.

She was foundation editor of the Immigration Review (LexisNexis Butterworths), serving until 2007. She has been a member of the Expert Advisory Committee for the NSW Commission for Children and Young Persons since 2008; and is a board member of the committee of management of the community radio station 2RPH (Radio for the Print Handicapped).

With broad interests in human rights, she has served in executive positions for the Law Council of Australia and the Refugee Council of Australia; and worked as adviser to the Australian Senate (Inquiry into Australia’s Refugee and Humanitarian Program, 2000) and as consultant to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (on immigration detention). She helped to establish and run the Victorian Immigration Advice and Rights Centre Inc in Melbourne in 1989, now the Refugee and Immigration Law Centre (Vic).

Mary also has a keen interest in disability issues. She is married to Professor Ron McCallum AO who is currently Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In 2010 she worked with Ron in the drafting of the Conclusion of the Executive Committee of UNHCR on refugees with disabilities. She has sought funding to extend the Small Mercies project to include child refugees with disabilities.