Grace graduated with an Honours degree in International Relations from the Australian National University in 2006, focused on foreign policy, human rights, humanitarian issues, and French. Her dissertation examined the EU’s response to the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan.
Grace moved to Brussels in 2007, where she worked for European non-governmental organisations on human rights, equality and anti-discrimination. She spent the next seven years working for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, at the United Kingdom’s Representation to the European Union. Grace’s portfolio covered justice, security, human rights, and immigration policy; liaising with elected Members of the European Parliament, representing the UK in EU negotiations, and briefing senior officials and Ministers on negotiation and engagement strategies. Grace trained UK officials on EU decision making processes and the legal framework for justice and home affairs.
Grace completed a Masters of Public International Law at the University of Kent’s Brussels campus, graduating with Distinctions in 2010. Her LLM centred on international criminal law, humanitarian law and human rights law, with a dissertation examining the EU’s strengthened fundamental rights regime under the Lisbon Treaty.
Grace returned to Sydney in late 2014. In 2016, Grace commenced work for Victims Services in the NSW Department of Justice. She managed the Strategic Policy and Programs team, before taking up a Senior Manager role, leading a sizeable team to deliver an election commitment for the reassessment of victims’ statutory compensation claims. Grace served as a Director on the Boards of the International French School of Sydney (2016-2018), and the Australian Breastfeeding Association (2016-2018).
Grace joined the Department of Defence in July 2017 as the Deputy Director, Military Law Centre, and Associate Director, Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law. Grace is currently studying law.