Hannah Ryan - Lawyer


Hannah Ryan joined the Human Rights Law Centre in October 2017, working on democratic freedoms in the Sydney office.

At the HRLC, Hannah's work focuses on protecting freedom of expression, the right to protest, and open and transparent government.

Before joining the HRLC, Hannah studied democratic freedoms and civil liberties as a Fulbright Scholar and Frank Knox Memorial Fellow at Harvard University. She was also a Research Scholar at New York University School of Law, writing on human rights and national security issues for the website Just Security.

Hannah was previously Vice President of the New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties, working particularly on free expression, privacy and open government. She also worked as an Associate to judges of the Federal Court of Australia and the New South Wales Court of Appeal.

She also has experience in the media, and her writing has appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, Crikey and Justinian.

Hannah holds a Master of Laws from Harvard University, where she was awarded a Dean’s Scholar Prize, and a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (both with First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney.