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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. Mulvey 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 Scholar at the Center 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. She is a sexual and gender based violence expert for UN Women and the Justice Rapid Response Unit. In 2016 she was appointed by OHCHR to investigate sexual violence in Myanmar for the first Human Rights Council report on the issue. She is a criminal justice expert for the European Union Security Sector Reform Section and UNDP. She lectures widely on access to justice and rule of law issues.  She is married with three children. 

Board of Directors

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.

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.

 
Advisory Council

Adrian Berry is a barrister at Garden Court Chambers in London. His practice encompasses a range of migration-related issues including nationality, statelessness, refugee law and asylum.

Alison Cole works with Open Society Justice Initiative in New York. Prior to this, she worked with various international courts and tribunals, including those for Rwanda, the Former Yugoslavia, Cambodia and Sierra Leone. She has also worked with the International Criminal Court.

Luke Danielson is a lawyer, researcher and professor, who has directed substantial research programs in the fields of sustainable development and mining and minerals policy. He is the director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Group in Gunnison, Colorado.

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.

Monica Feria-Tinta of 20 Essex Street, was the first Latin-American lawyer to be called to the bar of England & Wales. She has a distinguished public international law practice and has appeared as counsel before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

Nick Flynn works for online activist network, Avaaz. He was previously a leading commercial lawyer with the prestigious, white-show law firm, Weil, Gottshal & Manges.

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.

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.

Professor Rick Wilson is Professor of Law and founding director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic at American University’s Washington College of Law, in Washington, D.C, where he has taught since 1989. He has co-edited a number of textbooks on international human rights and international criminal law.

LAW Team

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.

Clare Brown is LAW’s Legal Advisor. She has been with LAW since mid 2013 and her focus of work has primarily been on developing and implementing creative legal interventions to address human rights violation in conflict contexts, with a focus on the Horn of Africa and a developing focus on the Syrian crisis. She has a particular focus on violations committed by the security forces. Clare is based between Kenya and Somalia with travel to South Sudan and Lebanon. She completed an Arts/ Law degree at the University of Queensland in 2011 and was admitted to the Queensland Bar in 2014. Prior to joining LAW, she was based in Arusha, Tanzania doing placements at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and then Inherit Your Rights, a local organisation focusing on land rights of Maasai women. In Australia, Clare worked predominantly with refugees and asylum seekers at Freedom Migration and the Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre.

Elizabeth Carthy is a legal fellow in LAW’s Nairobi office. Prior to joining LAW, she worked with local organisations in Haiti and South Africa assisting victims of gender-based violence.  She also worked as a Research Assistant for the Harvard Program on International Law and Armed Conflict and has experience working with immigrant and refugee rights clinics. She holds a LL.M from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Civil Law with French Law from University College Dublin.

Selma Dabbagh is a UK qualified solicitor, who holds a Masters in Law and Development from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). She has worked for human rights NGOs in the West Bank, Cairo and London. Having originally qualified into the field of actions against the police and employment law at Fisher Meredith Solicitors, she went on to work as a regulatory telecommunications lawyer in Bahrain. Since returning to London in 2009, she has worked on several African and Middle Eastern international criminal law cases working with Hickman and Rose’s Daniel Machover, LAW and NRC. Selma has project managed the No Safe Haven Project since 2010.

Rachael Kazungu is currently the Administration and Logistics Officer. 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.

Shawn Khan is currently interning at the Nairobi LAW office as part of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship program. He will be entering his 1st year at the University of Toronto medical school in the fall of 2017. In the future, Shawn hopes to apply his understanding of human rights law in the context of health to best support the needs of vulnerable populations.

John Mutie is a qualified accountant with over 10 years’ experience in providing finance and administrative leadership in USAID, EU and UN supported programmes. He is responsible for implementation of sound financial and accounting procedures to ensure effective internal controls are in place and adhered to.

Jessica Stober currently provides advisory services to LAW relating to project development and design in Palestine, with a view to providing senior legal advisory services on the practical application of International Humanitarian Law. She is also working on project development for LAW in the field of accountability in Sri Lanka. Jessica began her legal career as a legal aid solicitor in London before pursuing international legal work for INGOs in conflict-affected areas, including; the Sudan, Afghanistan and Palestine.

Jack Torbet is LAW’s London-based Legal Fellow. 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.

Jitka Vrtelova is a Legal Fellow in LAW’s Geneva office. Her research primarily revolves around conflict-related sexual violence and the practice of female genital mutilation. Prior to joining LAW, Jitka worked as a Research Assistant at the Harvard Law School International Law and Armed Conflict Program. Jitka holds an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in Law and International Politics from Aberystwyth University.