Andra was admitted to the Bar in 1988. She is a specialist in international and domestic criminal law. She has a Masters Degree in Public International Law from the University of Leiden.
Internationally, Andra prosecuted genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes for the United Nations for eight years. She is a contributing author for ‘A Compendium of Lessons Learned and Suggested Practices, a three-year study of prosecutorial practices at the International Tribunals for Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone, Cambodia and Lebanon’. She has written curricula and been a Faculty member for advocacy training for international prosecutors at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and for prosecutors at the International Criminal Court. Andra is on the List of Counsel for the International Criminal Court.
Domestically, Andra worked for Crown Law as Crown Counsel providing advice and representation to the New Zealand Government on indigenous rights (Treaty of Waitangi) claims, prosecuting Crown cases, and managing New Zealand’s extradition portfolio. She also worked as the principal solicitor at the Department of Corrections.
Andra has advised and appeared on the large-scale refugee exclusion matters involving international criminal law issues. She has provided representation and advice to the Department of Corrections in Government Inquiry into Matters Concerning the Escape of Phillip John Smith/Traynor and The Inquiry report into the management of Tony Douglas Robertson. She currently practices as a criminal defence lawyer and has recently provided advice on high-profile international child abduction case and in extradition matters.
Andra provides expert witness training for mental health professionals and has conducted training on mental health ethics and the law.