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John Gibson Award

The winner of the 2016 John Gibson Award is Mr W. Guy Gilbert.

Guy has provided a remarkable amount of pro-bono, refugee and asylum seeker work. He has been a lawyer since 1975 and a barrister since 1981. He is a registered migration Agent, and over ten years was a part time member of the Mental Health Review Board and Refugee Review Tribunal. He is co-author of the “Refugee Law” chapter in the Lawyers Practice Manual. He has worked on many high profile cases, and appeared with many high profile advocates such as Debbie Mortimer. The number of cases he has done in this refugee sphere is prodigious. He is a humble man, and is content to do the most menial appearances and advice for those that need it most, and can afford it least.

W Guy Gilbert is an outstanding Victorian lawyer, and we are pleased to present him with the 2016 John Gibson award.


Jan Cossar and Harry Cossar-Gilbert accepting the 2016 John Gibson Award on behalf of  W Guy Gilbert from Glenn McGowan QC.

Past Winners

2015: Nola Karapanagiotidis

2014: Richard Niall SC

Nola Karapanagiotidis won the 2015 John Gibson Award

Nola Karapanagiotidis won the 2015 John Gibson Award

Nominate for 2017 John Gibson Award

The ICJ Victoria calls for nominations for the John Gibson Award. The John Gibson Award is awarded in honour of the late John Gibson, who was a scholar, barrister, father, and outstanding and tireless human rights and refugee advocate.

Nominations close 1 December 2016

This Award has the following criteria, the recipient shall:

1. be a Victorian;

2. be a prominent advocate for human rights and/or refugee interests;

3. have distinguished him or herself by advancing and promoting human rights and/or refugee issues in the public domain or the legal sphere by positively and effectively advocating the interests of refugees, asylum seekers and/or sections of the community in need of assistance by reference to their human rights. Such advocacy may be in Courts, in the public domain, in private work or on committees. As a result, the recipient is likely to (but need not) be well known publicly or in the legal community.

To nominate someone for the 2017 John Gibson Award, please fill out the nomination form below.

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