Leila Swan is a Legal and Policy Adviser with Climate Law and Policy since February 2021. She is a Public Policy expert with over 5 years’ experience in international development, human rights and climate change and is excited to merge all three of her interest areas at CLP.
Prior to joining the team Leila worked at the Green Climate Fund in South Korea as part of the Office of the Executive Director’s Knowledge and Change Management team working to strengthen the Fund’s institutional capacity. There she worked on a broad range of projects from designing more efficient review processes to organization-wide onboarding programmes, and also wrote her Capstone project on uptake incentives in knowledge sharing, particularly on climate finance. Leila also spent five years working with Human Rights Watch in Geneva, Switzerland, where she coordinated the organization’s advocacy efforts at the UN Human Rights Council and lead their contributions to the Treaty Body system working on thematic issues from torture, to women and children’s rights, to country issues such as Venezuela and Nicaragua. To this end, Leila played a key role in securing the first-ever Human Rights Council resolution on the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Leila also has experience working with the Interamerican Court on Human Rights and the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights in Spain.
Leila holds a master’s in public policy from the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government (Hon.), a dual degree in Law and Public Administration from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas-ICADE in Madrid and a Diploma in Political Studies from Sciences Po Lyon. Leila is fluent in English, Spanish and French.