Dr. Aloysia Brooks is an human rights and social justice advocate who campaigns for the promotion and protection of human rights in increased security environments. Aloysia has worked for over ten years in the area of human rights advocacy, including work for organisations such as Amnesty International Australia and The Justice Campaign.
Aloysia completed her Doctorate at the University of Sydney, and has intensively researched torture, human rights abuses that have occurred as a result of the War on Terror, US foreign and national security policy and international human rights law.
Aloysia regularly engages in public speaking as a lecturer and guest speaker at various universities. She has provided an analysis of legal and political issues relating to the War on Terror for International Humanitarian Law (IHL), International Human Rights Law (HRL), and Human Rights and Social Change subjects at the University of Sydney. In addition, Aloysia has experience in teaching public policy, human rights and social change. Aloysia regularly speaks at public panel events and seminars.
Her areas of interest and expertise include:
- Accountability for torture in the so-called War on Terror – the Australian cases & the importance of transparency in relation to torture prevention and protecting human rights
- US torture techniques employed at places of detention such as Guantanamo, Bagram, Abu Ghraib etc.
- International human rights – legal mechanisms, philosophical background, debates surrounding rights, Australia’s compliance with relevant protocols
- Torture prevention strategies
- Incidences of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment in Australia – places of detention and non-state actor torture (NSAT)
- Social change strategies – Non-violence & civil resistance (Including campaign strategy & media engagement)
- Australian public policy – particularly in relation to whistleblowers, freedom of information, surveillance, national security and foreign policy
- The importance of engaging in social change and promoting human rights in the interests of peace with justice