Ruth Layton


Ruth Layton BA, LLM, has practiced as a lawyer for over 30 years in various capacities including as a tribunal member, advocate, university lecturer, government administrator and board member.  Ruth currently works as a lawyer at Legal Aid NSW and as a Member of the PNG Refugee Assessment Review Panel.

Ruth’s experience includes having been a member of the Consumer Claims Tribunal and of the Refugee Review Tribunal and a judicial member of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal NSW, as well as having been a board member of the Psychologists Registration Board NSW and an honorary Board member of the East Coast Theatre Company.

Ruth has a long standing interest in women and children’s welfare issues and her experience in this field includes having worked from 2008 to 2011 establishing Family Violence Prevention Legal Services units which provided legal and counselling services to victims of family violence and sexual assault who are Aboriginal.  Ruth has personal knowledge of the issues facing women in Sierra Leone, from her work in 2001 to 2002, as an expert deployed to UNHCR in Guinea to establish the UNHCR resettlement program in Guinea, with a caseload of mainly Sierra Leonean refugees, and from her private travel in 2004 to 2006 to Sierra Leone.