Grace completed an Honours degree in International Relations at the Australian National University in 2006, focusing primarily on foreign policy, human rights, humanitarian issues, and a major in French. Grace’s Honours dissertation examined the EU’s response to the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan, and explored similarities with the response to the Rwandan genocide.
Grace started her career working for international non-governmental organisations in Brussels, where her work focused on human rights, equality and anti-discrimination. She spent the next 7 years working at the United Kingdom’s Representation to the European Union, in Brussels, on justice, security, human rights, and immigration policy, including negotiating EU law, international agreements, and practical cooperation measures. Grace’s primary role was to act as the senior point of liaison with elected Members of the European Parliament, and to brief the UK Permanent Representative, senior officials and Ministers on negotiation and engagement strategies. She also played a lead role in upskilling the British Government on EU decision making processes and the impact the Lisbon Treaty in the area of justice and home affairs.
Grace completed a Masters of Public International Law at the University of Kent’s Brussels campus (Brussels School of International Studies), graduating with Distinctions in Canterbury in 2010. Her studies centred on international criminal law, humanitarian law and human rights law. Her dissertation examined the strengthened fundamental rights regime in the EU under the Lisbon Treaty, including the roles of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.
Grace returned to Sydney in late 2014, and since that time has been serving as a Director on the Board of the International French School of Sydney, and the Australian Breastfeeding Association. Grace commenced work with the NSW Department of Justice in 2016, managing the Strategic Policy and Programs team in Victims Services, and in early 2017 she was charged with leading a team of 40 legal and admin staff to deliver on an election commitment for the reassessment of victims’ statutory compensation claims.
Grace joined the Department of Defence in July 2017 as the Associate Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law, and Deputy Director of the Military Law Centre.