Alex Newton is a lawyer and specialist in business and human rights. She consults to corporations, governments and non-government organisations on a wide range of matters relating to responsible business, human rights, anti-discrimination, public policy and governance.
Before launching her consulting business, she worked as a Director and Executive in Australia’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, advising on complex legal and public policy issues. Previously, she served in the United Nations Secretary General’s Strategic Planning Unit in New York and as a lawyer with the Australian Human Rights Commission. She started her career as a commercial lawyer with King and Wood Mallesons.
Newton established the business and human rights course in the Australian National University’s postgraduate law program and lectured there from 2010 until 2015. She also lectured and convened the international human rights law course at the University of Technology, Sydney.
She is a member of the GEC Risk Advisory Team, a New York-based consulting firm specialising in governance and reputation risk management.
Her first book, The Business of Human Rights, will be published by Routledge in 2019.