Leanne Smith

Leanne Smith, Director at the Whitlam Institute, is an international human rights lawyer by training, with a Masters in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Leanne has worked in the Australian judicial system, for the Australian Human Rights Commission, in the international NGO sector, for regional human rights organisations, as an Australian diplomat (DFAT),  and in various roles for the United Nations in New York, most recently as Chief of Policy and Best Practices for UN Peacekeeping Operations and in the field from Afghanistan, to the Balkans, to Africa and Southeast Asia. Leanne has published a number of articles on Australian foreign policy and international human rights, the rule of law and development, as well as the United Nations and women, peace and security. She is an Adjunct Fellow at the Western Sydney University School of Law, a visiting fellow at the ANU Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy and the UNSW Australian Human Rights Centre, Co-Chair of the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights Women and Girls Rights Subcommittee, a member of the Australian Republic Movement National Committee and a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Association of Australia. 

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