Alex Newton is a lawyer and specialist in responsible business and human rights. Her firm consults to corporations, governments and non-government organisations on a wide range of matters related to human rights, corporate responsibility, governance and non-discrimination.
Before launching her consulting business in January 2016, Alex Newton worked as a senior adviser in Australia’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for seven years, advising on complex legal and public policy issues. Previously, she served in the United Nations Secretary General’s Strategic Planning Unit in New York and as a lawyer with the Australian Human Rights Commission. She started her career as a commercial lawyer with King and Wood Mallesons in Sydney.
Alex Newton established the business and human rights course in the Australian National University’s postgraduate law program in 2010, and lectured at ANU until 2015. She has also lectured a course in international human rights law at the University of Technology, Sydney.
She holds the position of Associate Director with Strategia Worldwide, an international risk-management consultancy and is a member of GEC Risk’s Advisory Team, a New York-based consulting firm specialising in governance, reputation risk and crisis management.
Alex Newton has a Master of Laws from Columbia University, New York and Bachelors degrees in Arts and Laws from Sydney University. She has a working proficiency in Spanish.
Her first book, The Business of Human Rights, was published by Routledge in 2019.