Leonard Blazeby is the Head of Mission for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Australia. In this role he works to foster support for the ICRC's global operations and to promote international humanitarian law (IHL) and universal humanitarian principles. He worked as a Barrister and Solicitor in South Australia and Victoria, primarily in criminal law and refugee law for over 10 years before joining the ICRC in 2000. He was the regional legal adviser based in Pretoria, South Africa from 2000 until 2005 and was the Deputy Head of that delegation from 2003. He was then the communications coordinator for the ICRC regional delegation in Nairobi, Kenya, before moving in January 2008 to Geneva as the Common Law legal adviser, a position he held for four years before taking up his current post at the ICRC Australia Mission.