McKinnon Prize 2019 Selection Panel

Laura John

Laura has experience in leadership and advocacy internationally and at home in Australia. She is the National President of the United Nations Association of Australia’s Young Professionals Network, leading a team of hundreds of volunteers across the country. Laura has previously worked as a consultant for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland and volunteered with advocacy organisation Human Rights First in New York. She was a rapporteur for the 2nd UNESCO Conference on Global Citizenship Education in France and a panellist at the World Education Forum in South Korea.

In 2014, Laura was selected as the Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations – the only role of its kind in the country. In this role, she engaged with a variety of stakeholders including young people, politicians and civil society. Laura’s term as Youth Representative culminated with a speech at the UN General Assembly on the importance of good mental health, resilience and well-being.

Laura works as a human rights lawyer with a practice in refugee and migration law.