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Law Council welcomes appointment of Dr James Renwick SC to vital security watchdog role

27 February 2017

The Law Council of Australia has applauded the appointment of prominent jurist Dr James Renwick SC as Australia’s acting Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (INSLM).

Law Council of Australia President, Fiona McLeod SC, said the appointment was an extremely important one.

"The work of the INSLM is absolutely pivotal to Australia's national security and its democracy," Ms McLeod said.

"As governments move to alter and strengthen security and counter-terrorism legislation, it is vital that the INSLM is able to assess whether new measures accord with the rule of law and Australia's human rights obligations.>

"The Law Council advocated strongly for the creation of the INSLM and it is critical that it is appropriately resourced and led by a jurist of the highest calibre such as Dr Renwick.

"Dr Renwick has a strong professional background in national security issues, and was a member of the Law Council’s Military Justice Committee for three years prior to this appointment.

“We look forward to working with Dr Renwick in continuing the excellent work of previous INSLMs,” Ms McLeod said.

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