Jessie Taylor BA(Hons) | LLB(Hons) | MSc(HA) is a barrister and a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Monash University. She currently sits on the Board of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. She formerly lawyer worked in the community sector for a number of years.
Jessie served as President of Liberty Victoria from 2017 to 2020 and now serves as a member of Liberty Victoria's Management Committee.
Immediately prior to signing the roll of counsel in 2011, Jessie worked as a Duty Lawyer (Crime) at Victoria Legal Aid. In 2010 she was Associate to Justice Mordecai Bromberg in the Federal Court of Australia, working in administrative law, occupational health and safety, trade practices, Commonwealth entitlements, WorkCover, equal opportunity & human rights, intellectual property, employment and migration.
In 2009 Jessie was contracted by the Federal Attorney-General's Department as a researcher and writer on the National Human Rights Consultation.
Jessie was Chair of the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) Refugee Law Reform Committee and sat on the Executive Committee of the LIV Administrative and Human Rights Law section (2009 & 2010). She is the Visiting Fellow at the Australian Human Rights Centre & an Honorary Research Fellow at the Monash Asia Institute. She has worked as a researcher in the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, and as a tutor in the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme.
In 2005 she attended the closing session of the UN Commission on Human Rights as an intern with the Australian delegation. She has worked in community development at Springvale Monash Legal Service, and participated in the general law clinic at SMLS, as well as the joint clinical legal service with the South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault, assisting victims of sexual assault to obtain Victims of Crime compensation.
Jessie is the author of the report 'Behind Australian Doors: Examining the Conditions of Detention of Asylum Seekers in Indonesia'. She is co-writer and producer of the films 'We Will Be Remembered For This' (2007) and 'Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea' (2011).
Jessie is a sought-after writer, speaker and commentator on human rights and refugee issues.