• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE5328

Tay, Alice Erh-Soon

(1934 – 2004)
  • Born 1 January, 1934, Singapore
  • Died 26 April, 2004, Australia
  • Occupation Academic, Human rights activist, Lawyer


Alice Erh-Soon Tay was born in Singapore in 1934. She practised as a criminal lawyer before completing her PhD in Soviet Russia, and then arriving in Australia in the 1960s to take up a position at the Australian National University. Among the highlights of Tay’s distinguished career as an academic lawyer at the University of Sydney, was her appointment as president of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC), a position she occupied from 1998 to 2003.

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    • Australian Human Rights Commission (1986 - )