Michael Mansell

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Michael Mansell
Personal details
Born (1951-06-05) June 5, 1951 (age 64)
northern Tasmania
Nationality Australian
Residence Hobart, Tasmania
Alma mater University of Tasmania
Occupation lawyer, activist

Michael Alexander Mansell (born June 5, 1951 in northern Tasmania) is an Australian lawyer.

Legal career[edit]

From an early age, Mansell protested at the status and treatment of Aboriginals within Australia. However he soon discovered that mere protest was an ineffective measure to achieve his aims of land rights and improved conditions, and the radical tactics that he and other Indigenous rights protesters employed in the 1970s were abandoned.

As a result, Mansell undertook a degree in law at the University of Tasmania. After graduating in 1983, he began a career as a lawyer, attempting to defend the rights of Aboriginals, whilst pursuing an agenda of reform. Since then he has become a qualified Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Tasmania, and the High Court of Australia.


Some of the subjects that Mansell has written about include the Australian Constitution, Aboriginal customary law, cultural and intellectual property, the Human Genome Project, land rights and Aboriginal sovereignty.[1]


  1. ^ "Michael Mansell - Abstract". Murdoch University. 2008. Archived from the original on 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 

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