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Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 09.34.25Founder & 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.

LAW’s UK Board

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.

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.

 
LAW’s Swiss Committee

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.

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.

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.

LAW’s Advisory Council

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.

LAW Staff
Africa

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.

Tahlil Ahmed is a Somali lawyer and Senior Legal Expert with Legal Action Worldwide. He has 36 years of experience working on the Rule of Law and access to justice. A former judge during the Barre regime, he is currently Managing Director of Horn Legal Consulting Services, an Independent Senior Legal Advisor to the Speaker, the JSC and Directorate of the Somali Presidency. He has worked with and advised UN agencies in Somalia for approximately 20 years, including co-authoring assessments of judicial systems in Puntland and Somaliland, developing civilian and state accountability mechanisms for the police and judiciary, and legislative drafting related to the law review process in Somalia.

Lawrence Maina is the Finance and Admin Manager for LAW in Africa. He joined LAW in April 2018. Prior to working with LAW, he worked in the private and development NGO sector in Eastern Africa. He has 15 years’ experience in project and grant management. Lawrence is a Certified Public Accountant Kenya (CPAK) and holder of MSc in Natural Resources Management from University of Greenwich UK, BSc in Natural Resources Management Egerton University.

Rachael Kazungu is LAW’s Administration and Logistics Officer, based in Nairobi. Prior to working with LAW, she has worked in the Civil and Private Sectors. She has 4 years’ experience in Administration and Human Resource Management. She is charged with the duty to assist in strengthening and aligning the administrative, finance and logistics functions with LAW’s core mission. She is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate with specialisation in Human Resource Management.

Naomi Mwangi is currently a legal fellow at LAW’s Nairobi office. She is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, who holds a masters in development studies from the International Institute of Social Studies-Erasmus University Rotterdam. She has 4 years experience advocating for women’s and girl’s rights in Kenya and Tanzania. Prior to joining LAW she worked as a Legal Counsel at the Federation of Women lawyers-Kenya. At LAW, Naomi’s work is specifically focused on work related to Somalia and South Sudan.

Middle East

Clare Brown is LAW’s Legal Advisor based in Lebanon. She has been with LAW since 2013 and her focus of work has primarily been on developing and implementing creative legal interventions to address sexual violence and violations committed by security forces in conflict contexts, with a focus on the Horn of Africa and a developing focus on the Syrian crisis. She has an Arts/ Law degree from the the University of Queensland and a Masters in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from American University.

Fatima Shehadeh is Legal Action’s Legal Project Manager based in Lebanon, 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

South Asia

Ziska Dole is the Project and Administration Officer for LAW in Sri-Lanka. She joined LAW in February 2018. Prior to joining LAW, Ziska worked extensively for the private sector overseas and for many USAID projects in Sri-Lanka. She counts over 25 years of experience as a Human Resources/Administration Manager and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

Conor Hartnett is a Harvard Henigson Fellow working at LAW’s Sri Lanka Office. 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. Throughout his legal education, he focused on transitional justice and rights issues in South and Southeast Asia. He has previously worked on human rights projects in Sri Lanka, Nepal, and the Republic of Georgia.

Global

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.

Jack Torbet is LAW’s UK-based Legal Researcher. His research currently focuses 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.