Stephanie Ortoleva, Esq.'s organisation Women Enabled International works with the United Nations to advance the rights of women and girls with disabilitiesRead More
Interviews / Law
Nani Jansen Reventlow is an Associate Tenant at Doughty Street Chambers and a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. She is a recognised international lawyer and expert in human rights litigation, responsible for ground-breaking freedom of expression cases across several national and international jurisdictions. Nani has also developed and delivered training sessions on freedom of expression and human rights litigation strategy to dozens of lawyers worldwide.Read More
IRA - USA chief executive officer and president Alice Bullard on the challenges of running an anti-slavery organization in Mauritania. Trained as both a lawyer and a historian, Bullard explains to Lucie Goulet how the two fields feed into her work, and why she is concerned about the new Trump administration.Read More
Lucie Goulet and Kelsey Suemnicht interview Wendy Betts, director at eyeWitness to Atrocities, a mobile app enabling users to capture footage of human rights violation that can't be tampered with. Wendy talks us through the project journey, from its crowdsourced content inception to working with documenting organisations on the ground.Read More
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER | FREEDMAN BOYD HOLLANDER GOLDBERG URIAS & WARD P.A.
To start with the basics, as a criminal defence lawyer, what do you do?
I represent people accused of crimes, organisations accused of crimes, businesses accused of crimes. That's what I do. People who've been accused of crimes or who are afraid they're going to be accused of crimes or have been convicted of crimes and want someone one to represent them on appeal... I also do tangential things to that. There are people who have property forfeited. There are civil suits and I also have done some civil rights lawsuits but mostly criminal defence.Read More
PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW BARRISTER | 20 ESSEX STREET CHAMBERS
You’re initially from Peru, which operates a civil law system, but you are practicing in the UK, which uses a common law system. How does that work?
I am trained in both systems. I originally studied law in Latin America. I then practised international law for a number of years before becoming a barrister. I was called to the Bar in 2014, becoming the first Latin American lawyer to be practising at the Bar of England and Wales.Read More
PROGRAMME DIRECTOR | CENTER FOR JUSTICE AND ACCOUNTABILITY
You received your Bachelor's Degree from the University of Valencia...
Yes, I studied law there, and then I came to the US and studied law there, too. The law programme in Valencia was meant to last for six years, but I finished it in five. I met a boyfriend, and I was in a rush to finish my studies and begin working.Read More
INTERNATIONAL LEGAL ADVISER (MYANMAR) | INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION OF JURISTS
What do you do as International Legal Advisor for the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)?
I'm almost entirely working on rule of law reform and human rights in Myanmar. I have been undertaking field research that leads advocacy and policy work aimed at strengthening the role of stakeholders such as the government, judges, lawyers, prosecutors, legal aid groups, lawyer networks and civil society organisations. I work on capacity building initiatives and devise and deliver training on the independence of the judiciary, bilateral investment treaties and development, environmental laws, and economic, social and cultural rights.Read More
LEGAL COUNSEL, BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS | YAHOO
What do you do as legal counsel for business and human rights for Yahoo?
I manage and execute Yahoo's initiatives to promote privacy and free expression on our platforms, as well as develop solutions to human rights challenges that we encounter in the course of business. I advise Yahoo on the human rights implications of its business decisions and try to insert a human rights perspective into the decision-making process.Read More
VISITING FELLOW | CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF HUMAN RIGHTS | LSE
The post of Visiting Fellow is usually envisioned as a type of career break – a period of months (up to a year) where the Fellow can take a breather from the hustle-and-bustle of the daily workplace and focus on research and writing projects. I've spent my time here working on a book chapter about the U.S. drones programme, authoring several op-eds for outlets like the Huffington Post, drafting entries for the 'Weapons Law Encyclopaedia', doing various consulting projects for private clients and also networking with other women in my field through events at LSE, Chatham House, IISS and other think tanks. Now that the school term has started, I'll be giving some informal lectures on international law topics to various departments on campus.Read More