Alex Walters


Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service

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Alex Walters (LLB/BA, LLM) is a civil and human rights lawyer who has practiced in Western Australia, Victoria, and the United Kingdom.

He was admitted in Western Australia in 2013 and practiced as a solicitor in the Civil and Human Rights practice at the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (ALSWA) from 2014 to 2017. At ALSWA, he was as a solicitor and advocate for First Nations clients in a broad range of matters; racial discrimination, coronial inquests, unlawful detention, battery, and other torts against Government, with a particular focus on the rights of juvenile detainees and solitary confinement practices at Banksia Hill Detention Centre.

He completed an LLM (Dist) at University College London in 2018. From 2018 to 2020, he was the Civil Lawyer at the UK all-party law reform and human rights charity, JUSTICE. There, he was the rapporteur for expert working party reports, drafted briefings to the House of Commons and Lords, articles, and consultation responses, with a particular focus on alternative dispute resolution, innovative advice provision and HMCTS’s court and tribunal modernisation programme (Reform Programme). He sat on the Litigants in Person Engagement Group, a working group that advises HMCTS and the judiciary on the access to justice implications of the Reform Programme.

Since 2020, he has been the Principal Managing Lawyer of the Civil and Human Rights practice at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS). He manages a team of lawyers providing statewide civil law services to First Nations Victorians across a range of civil and human rights matters, including discrimination, mental health law, inquests, the Yoorrook Commission, consumer, credit, tenancy, infringements, and employment. He appears as an advocate in coronial inquests and is the solicitor in Fisher v The Commonwealth, the Full Federal Court test case on pension age eligibility for First Nations claimants.