Originally from Wales, Leah spent her formative years living in Malaga, Spain, with her family. She enjoys living in different places – she has also lived in London, Brighton and Seville – and is looking forward to exploring Vilnius and making this city her home for the next 10 months during the project “Promote diversity, promote human rights”.
Previously, Leah has completed a range of internships at media outlets such as the BBC, Sky News, Media Wales and Red Magazine. She has also worked at a law firm, spent time shadowing senior solicitors and sat in court galleries to watch Crown Court proceedings and Magistrates’ court trials. During her journalistic career, Leah has written for a range of publications (including London Student, Noctis, Levante Lifestyle, BBC Focus and Smiths) and has worked for a newspaper in Spain as well as for Expedia as a copywriter.
Leah is interested in Human Rights Law, politics, current affairs, the work of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) and the media. With her strong journalistic skills and interest in issues such as immigration, the rights of minority groups, political asylum and the current refugee crisis, Leah is hoping to make a lasting contribution to this organization. She is also fascinated by the concept of the precarious balance between individual rights and public safety and, specifically, the idea of freedom of speech set directly against anti-hate speech laws.
She is currently considering studying for her GDL from 2016 with the eventual aim of qualifying as a barrister. She feels that working at EFHR will broaden her knowledge of complex legal and ethical issues and offer a superb foundation for a future career within the field of Human Rights Law.
In her free time, Leah enjoys travelling, photography, reading, live music, walking and visiting museums and art galleries.