Eleanore Fritze

  • Eleanore Fritze

Senior Fellow (The Melbourne JD)


LinkedIn Jack Brockhoff Foundation Churchill Fellowship


Eleanore is a practising lawyer and honorary fellow at Melbourne Law School who has been engaged to help establish, teach and provide legal supervision for the new ‘NDIS and Disability Benefits Clinic’ subject in 2020. She co-taught the ‘Disability Human Rights Clinic’ in 2019.

Eleanore obtained an LLB(Hons) and BA from Melbourne Law School, winning the Spero Wilson Memorial Scholarship (for the law student placed second on the final honours list) and the Chief Justice’s Medal for Excellence and Community Service in 2006.

Her career has been dedicated to empowering, supporting and protecting the rights of people with disability, particularly in the justice system. She has worked in various roles at Victoria Legal Aid since undertaking her articles there in 2006. In 2010, she was the inaugural duty lawyer in the ‘Assessment and Referral Court’ (ARC) List, a pilot therapeutic criminal court for people with various disabilities and complex needs. She is currently on extended leave from her ongoing role as senior lawyer in VLA’s Mental Health & Disability Law team, where her advocacy focuses on people with disability subjected to substituted decision-making regimes, along with involuntary detention, supervision and treatment, which restrict their human rights. As part of this role, she regularly appears before the Supreme and County Courts, VCAT, the Forensic Leave Panel and the Mental Health Tribunal. She also provides regular outreach advice and advocacy services at various mental health and disability detention facilities.

In 2014, Eleanore was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to conduct international comparative research on how to better protect the human rights and dignity of people with disability, who are detained and subjected to compulsory treatment in closed environments, through the use of innovative legal services.

Eleanore is very active in law reform, strategic advocacy and innovative community legal education projects to improve outcomes for people with disability in the justice system. She regularly presents at disability and mental health conferences and events and participates in consultations. She also enjoys working to improve the design and delivery of legal services for people with disability, to make services more accessible and empowering.

Eleanore values the expertise which comes from lived experience and has learnt a great deal from working alongside and co-designing projects with a range of self-advocates.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Churchill Fellow