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Kristen Zornada – Legal and Policy Officer

Kristen Zornada joined the Institute in 2018 as a legal and policy officer supporting the project on “Mechanism for Combating Illicit Trade”. Kristen has a broad range of experience working on human rights and business and human rights issues in Australian parliament, in domestic and international courts, in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, and in academia. Kristen’s previous work has supported efforts in the field of international human rights law, humanitarian law and systemic justice, including: establishing a modern slavery act in Australia requiring certain businesses to identify their efforts to prevent modern slavery in their supply chains; developing standards for interpreters in court to promote access to justice for culturally and linguistically diverse court users; and developing a legal standard to guide parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons on ensuring the use of autonomous weapons systems is consistent with international humanitarian law. Kristen is admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia, and has practiced as a litigation lawyer at a leading Australian law firm. She is an associate editor of the Italian Law Journal, and holds a masters in law from Harvard Law School.