Julian Burnside OA QC is an Australian barrister, human rights and refugee advocate, and author. Julian was awarded the Human Rights Law Award in 2004 by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and was elected as an Australian Living Treasure in the same year. In 2007 he received the Australian Peace Prize from the Peace Organisation of Australia. In 2009 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia. Julian completed his Bachelor of Economics in 1972, and was awarded his Bachelor of Laws by Monash Law School in 1973. He was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1976, and appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1989. Julian Burnside is known for his staunch opposition to the mandatory detention of asylum seekers, and has provided legal counsel in a wide array of high-profile cases. He acted for the Ok Tedi natives against BHP, for Alan Bond in fraud trials, for Rose Porteous in numerous actions against Gina Rinehart, and was senior counsel for Liberty Victoria in the Tampa litigation. He has also written several successful publications on law, human rights and philology.