Founder & Executive Director: Antonia Mulvey
Antonia Mulvey is the Founder and Executive Director of Legal Action Worldwide (LAW). She is a British lawyer with 20 years of experience in international, human rights, refugee and criminal law. Antonia has established and headed rule of law and access to justice programmes for the UN and INGOs in Sudan, Somalia and the occupied Palestinian territory. She has also worked for UNHCR in Washington DC. Prior to her international work, Antonia practiced criminal and refugee law at one of the UK’s top human rights law firms. Her experience ranges from advising governments on judicial and legislative reform, to founding the first Women Lawyers Association in Somalia, establishing the first law faculty in Puntland, Somalia, and establishing the first paralegal programmes in Darfur, Sudan. The legal programme that she established in the occupied Palestinian territory stopped the forcible displacement of more than 20,000 Palestinians from their homes.
Mulvey is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics and has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University Law School, New York. She is completing her PhD in international law at SOAS, University of London and is an Expert Panelist for the International Conflict Masters programme at the University of Leicester, UK. Antonia is a SGBV expert for UN Women, the Justice Rapid Response Unit and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative. In 2017, she was appointed as SGBV investigator for the UN International Independent Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar. In 2019, Antonia became a board member of GAPS (Gender Action for Peace and Security), the UK’s women, peace and security civil society network. She is also a member of the Steering Committee for the Lebanese Ministry of State for Economic Empowerment of Woman and Youth. Antonia is married with four children. Her twitter is @AntoniaMulvey.
Jessica Stober is LAW’s Head of Programmes, providing oversight in respect of all LAW projects and programmes. She is also contributing to LAW’s work on accountability for the Rohingya and continues to provide advisory services on Palestine. Jessica began her legal career as a legal aid solicitor in London before pursuing international legal work for the UN and INGOs in conflict-affected states, including Sudan, Afghanistan and Palestine.
Sukhbindar Purewal is LAW’s Global Finance and Administration Manager. She is a Chartered Accountant and has over 20 years of managing complex financial projects, including for international NGOs and corporations, most recently as Head of Finance for the Aga Khan Network (5 years). Additionally, she is experienced in human resources, procurement, administration, policy and procedure development, capacity-building in field offices, donor compliance and reporting. She specialises in establishing robust financial systems and strategic business development.
Farha Waheed is the Head of Human Resources and Compliance, joining LAW in January 2020. Prior to LAW, Farha worked as HR & Operations Business Partner with ActionAid International, Refugee Action and at the British Transport Police delivering a responsive and customer focused HR service, employee cycle, staff development and embedding values and best practices. As a Chartered MCIPD professional she has considerable HR operational and strategic experience of over 16 years to support the smooth functioning and growth of LAW.
Kirsty Hare is LAW’s Legal Advocacy Officer, working closely with LAW’s Executive Director across all programmes from the London office. Kirsty studied Modern Middle Eastern History before converting to law and completing a LL.M in Public International Law in 2018, where she specialised in international humanitarian and human rights law. Her thematic focus was the use of detention in armed conflict and accountability of security forces. Before moving to LAW, Kirsty worked in legal aid, mental capacity law in London.
Stella Ndirangu is the Head of Africa Programme at Legal Action Worldwide. She is an international human rights lawyer who has engaged in legal and policy advocacy at the national, regional and international levels to enhance the promotion and protection of human rights and the rule of law. Stella is passionate about building initiatives that help vulnerable people and affected communities access justice and obtain redress. Before joining LAW, Stella worked the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ Kenya) as a Programme Manager for the International Justice Programme. Originally trained as a lawyer, Stella holds an LLM in international criminal justice from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, in South Africa.
Camille Delbourgo is Programme Manager for LAW’s programme in South Sudan. Camille started as a national criminal lawyer, before pursuing international work for the UN and NGOs, including with MONUSCO in the Kasai Region and in North Kivu in the DRC, and with the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in the OHCHR in Geneva, focusing on Europe, Africa and the MENA regions.
Abdifatah Hassan Ali is Programme Coordinator and Head of the Mogadishu Office.
Rachael Ojodo is LAW’s HR and Admin Officer with seven years’ experience in non-profit and government agencies. Rachael has rich hands-on experience in donor funded programmes and is a member of the Institute of Human Resource Management.
Jenny Bjerlestam is LAW’s Head of Middle East and a qualified lawyer with a Masters of Law Degree. Jenny has worked in international development and humanitarian settings for over 15 years, focusing on rule of law, human rights and access to justice. During her entire career Jenny has paid great importance to gender equality and in several roles led the portfolio for gender mainstreaming and gender-based violence. After completing her degree at Uppsala University, Jenny was practicing law and qualified as a member of the Norwegian Bar Association. Jenny started working in fragile and conflict affected areas in 2005, when she went to Afghanistan to work on the development of legal aid. Since then, Jenny has worked in a number of countries and with different agencies, including INGOs, UN agencies and private consultancy firms. Fieldwork includes work in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Mali, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, DRC, Kenya, Lebanon and Fiji.
Fatima Shehadeh is Legal Action’s Lebanon Project Manager, Fatima focuses on the Syria crisis and on providing Lebanese and Syrian women and children with access to justice, with a focus on sexual and gender-based violence and the registration of refugee and stateless children so that they are able to access their legal rights. Prior to LA Fatima worked at CCP Japan and Sawa for Development and Aid in Protection and Livelihood fields responding to the Syrian crisis. Fatima has a Bachelor of Law from Damascus University
George Jeries is Legal Action Lebanon’s Office, Finance and Administration Manager. He has over 30 years of invaluable experience in leading and developing successful finance teams within the UN and INGO’s, including 13 years as Assistant Claims Examinations, Assistant Budget Officer, and Accounting Control Officer at UN, 12 years as Director of Finance and Administration with International and Relief Development IRD and Finance Controller at Care International. George’s last job before joining LA Lebanon was Finance and Procurement Officer with National Centre for State Courts- NCSC. George graduated from the Lebanese American University with a Bachelor degree in Finance and Accounting.
Francis BourNasr is LAW’s HR Officer in Lebanon. He has 10 years of HR experience. He has worked in International NGOs, International Organisation and private sector. Francis has a Master in HR Management from Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth.
The Lebanon programme is supported by 5 project lawyers ad 15 paralegals.
Terry Flyte is LAW’s Satter Human Rights Fellow, working primarily on the Syria crisis programme.
occupied Palestinian territory
Jessica Stober is LAW’s acting Palestine Programme Manager.
Lucy Geddes is LAW’s Sri Lanka Programme Manager.
Conor Hartnett is a Project Coordinator at LAW Sri Lanka. He joined LAW in September 2018. He holds a B.A. in International Development Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Inshira Faliq is an Attorney-at-Law and the Legal Advisor for LAW Sri Lanka. Prior to this, she worked at the Centre for Policy Alternative as a legal researcher and a junior counsel on a number of fundamental rights cases. She has also worked as a legal researcher for the Ministry of Justice’s Special Committee on amending the Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure Act, and the Right to Information Commission of Sri Lanka. Inshira completed her legal apprenticeship at the Attorney-General’s Department and holds an LLB from the University of Colombo.
Jack Torbet is acting Programme Manager of LAW’s Rohingya programme in Bangladesh. Prior to this Jack was LAW’s UK-based Legal Researcher, focussing on the practical application of international law, particularly in the fields of natural resource exploitation and conflict-related sexual violence. Prior to joining LAW, he worked in legal publishing. Jack holds an LL.M from SOAS, through which he worked on early scoping exercises related to the No Safe Haven initiative, and an LL.B from the University of Glasgow.
Shamsul Bari currently chairs Research Initiatives Bangladesh and previously had a distinguished UN career. Highlights include his role as UNHCR Regional Director for Central Asia, South West Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East.
Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC is an eminent London solicitor with many decades experience working on human rights actions. He is the founder of human rights firm, Bindmans LLP, and represented Amnesty International in the Pinochet cases in the late 1990s.
Raj Chada is a partner at Hodge, Jones & Allen, where he focuses on criminal law, particularly public order offences and cases with significant human rights issues. He has previously worked for Amnesty International and was the leader of Camden Council.
Andre Collomb is a senior advisor to Swiss Life. He was formerly the Head of Delegation and Deputy General Delegate for Western and Central Europe, for the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Alexandre Davidoff is a founding partner of Geneva-based firm, MDFH. Over his career, he has built a diverse practice in corporate and banking law.
Ingrid Gubbay is an experienced disputes lawyer at Hausfeld in London. She has a formidable track record in representing communities affected by human rights violations committed by major corporates across various industry sectors.
Yusuf Abdi Hassan is a member of the Kenyan Parliament for the Kamukunji constituency. He is a former director of IRIN, and has previously held senior posts in the United Nations.
Daniel Machover heads the civil department of leading human rights firm, Hickman & Rose. He is particularly renowned for his work on actions against the police and his longstanding expertise in Universal Jurisdiction.
Christine Van Nieuwenhuyse is a food security and humanitarian expert, based in Brussels. She was previously Head of Operations for the World Food Programme in the occupied Palestinian territory.
Dennis McNamara is Senior Advisor to the Executive Director at LAW. Dennis has more than three decades of international humanitarian experience during which he held several senior positions across the United Nations before becoming Center for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD), Senior Humanitarian Adviser in 2007. Dennis has an Honours degree in law from Auckland University and practiced as a lawyer in the UK and Kenya before joining the UN.
Professor John Dugard has been a member of the International Law Commission since 1997, and served as the Special Rapporteur to the Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territories from 2001- 2008. He teaches law at the University of Leiden and the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
Professor Guy Goodwin Gill teaches human rights and public international law at Oxford University. He is acclaimed for his writings on migration and asylum issues, having served as a Legal Adviser in the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) from 1976-1988.
Serena Gates is a UK-qualified barrister and an expert in addressing sexual and gender-based violence. Between 2016 and 2018, Serena worked for the United Nations Syrian Commission of Inquiry. Her work on behalf of LAW has included training senior prosecutors in Sri Lanka in the prosecution of sexual violence under domestic and international criminal law.
Peter Haynes QC is a British barrister with more than 30 years’ experience in both domestic and international criminal courts. He currently acts as the Lead Counsel for Jean Pierre Bemba at the International Criminal Court and is the Lead Legal Representative of Victims at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
Michael Mansfield QC is a high-profile barrister with extensive experience in human rights and criminal law. Over an illustrious career, he has represented many accused of high profile IRA bombings, the families of the Bloody Sunday victims and more recently, the families of the victims of the Hillsborough Disaster.