Malcolm R Gray will take up the appointment as Senior Commissioner and Michael Buckley as Standing Commissioner following the announcement from founding Commissioner Paul Baxter that he is retiring on 30 June 2011.
“I am pleased to announce today that the ICRC will benefit from the expertise of two eminent economists, Malcolm Gray and Michael Buckley,” Mr Corbell said.
Dr Watchirs has nearly 30 years experience as a human rights lawyer working for Federal Government agencies, and as an employee or consultant to several United Nations agencies in Geneva, including UNAIDS, the World Health Organisation, International Labour Organization, UN Development Program and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Dr Watchirs was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to Human Rights in the ACT in 2010.
During her seven years as Human Rights and Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Watchirs has provided legal advice on many contentious issues including anti-terrorism laws and has led the conduct of Human Rights Audits of ACT detention facilities (young people in 2005 & adults in 2007).