Leanna Burnard

Leanna is an Australian-qualified lawyer. She is currently a Legal Adviser at REDRESS, an NGO that seeks justice and reparation for survivors of torture, where she led REDRESS’s work on securing the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe from Iran. Previously, Leanna was based in Iraq building prosecution cases against members of ISIS for the Yezidi genocide. She worked for several years prior as a criminal defence lawyer for Aboriginal people in the Australian outback. She has volunteered in a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank, a human rights office in South Africa, Australia’s refugee detention centre on Christmas Island, and at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Leanna has an LL.M. in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from the Geneva Academy and bachelor’s degrees in law and journalism from Australia.