Leanna Burnard

Biography

Leanna is an Australian-qualified lawyer. She is currently a lawyer at the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), working on transnational litigation in relation to human rights violations and environmental harms. She was previously 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. Prior to this, 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. 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.