Who Is Jennifer Robinson, The Woman Who Freed Julian Assange?

Everything you need to know about the renowned Australian human rights lawyer.
Julian Assange's lawyer, Jennifer Robinson.Getty

After 14 years, Julian Assange is a free man and he has his Australian lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, to thank.

Robinson, a renowned Australian human rights lawyer has spent more than a decade fighting for the WikiLeak’s founder’s freedom.

Now, with his plea deal granted by the U.S and Assange back in Australia, Robinson has done just that.

Below, everything you need to know about Jennifer Robinson, the woman who freed Julian Assange.

Who Is Jennifer Robinson?

Jennifer Robinson
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Robinson grew up in Berry on the south coast of New South Wales and studied at the Australian National University before moving to England to study at Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

Now at age 43, Robinson lives in London and is renowned for her high profile cases—so much so that the British press has described her as the A-list’s go-to lawyer.

She is also the youngest Australian woman to have appeared before the International Court of Justice.

Who Else Has Jennifer Robinson Represented?

Based at Doughty Street Chambers in London, Robinson has worked on some of the world’s most high profile cases in human rights, media, public and international law.

Alongside successfully aiding Julian Assange in one of the biggest legal cases of the century, Robinson has also represented Amber Heard in the defamation cases brought by Johnny Depp and some of the world’s biggest media organisations, including the New York Times during the Murdoch phone-hacking incident.

Her legal work also helped Benny Wenda, the West Papua Nobel Peace Prize nominated independence leader, and his family escape West Papua. Her dedication to the case even saw her help the family escape by physically putting cash into the hands of Benny’s wife, Maria, as she escaped with their daughter to a Papua New Guinea refugee camp.

On top of these cases, Robinson spent five years building the Bertha Justice Initiative, a global human rights program for emerging lawyers in marginalised communities, and the Acacia Awards in Australia, which offers financial support and mentoring to public school children across the country.

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