Samia’s early career in international development involves internships with Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor, where she advocated for behaviour centred design approaches to project planning and delivery and supported cross country learnings on key WASH issues. With ActionAid in The Gambia, she contributed to initiatives combatting gender-based violence, FGM and child marriage. She has a BA in International Development with French from the University of Sussex.
Julie is a legal advisor at REDRESS since 2018. Prior to REDRESS, she worked as a Legal Officer for the International Co-Investigating Judge at UNAKRT in Cambodia for five years. There, she worked on four different investigations relating to allegations of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Between 2011 and 2013, she practiced at the Paris (France) Bar for two years, where she represented asylum seekers and practiced criminal law, amongst others. She also worked on developing legislative frameworks for public private partnerships, and white collar crimes, as well as on regional human rights cases in West Africa. She has an LLM in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice at SOAS, and a Masters in Public International Law at Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas.
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Leanna oversees REDRESS’ asset recovery and sanctions projects, and leads REDRESS’s work on securing the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. Before joining REDRESS, Leanna was based in Iraq, building prosecution cases against members of ISIS for the Yezidi genocide. She worked for several years prior as a criminal defence lawyer for Aboriginal people in the Australian outback. Her passion for human rights has led her to volunteer in a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank, a human rights office in South Africa, Australia’s refugee detention centre on Christmas Island, and at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Leanna has an LL.M. in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from the Geneva Academy and bachelor’s degrees in law and journalism from Australia.
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Programme Development Manager
Anoushka has a background in developing humanitarian response and human rights programmes during protracted conflicts and natural disasters, with a focus on intersectional vulnerabilities and survivor-led approaches. She has written about the impact of longstanding human rights violations in the Gaza Strip, funded and grown partnerships with civil society in Europe, Asia and the Middle East and resourced Covid-19 emergency support in the UK.
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Head of Finance
Sheilagh joined REDRESS in January 2017 as Head of Finance.
For the past twenty years she has worked in various charities, specializing in violence against women and girls.
Sheilagh was the Finance Manager for Eaves for twelve years, where she oversaw the many changes and challenges in the sector.
As a Legal Fellow at REDRESS, Alice works primarily on initiatives to promote justice and accountability for discriminatory torture perpetrated against LGBT+ persons, and on the implementation of anti-torture standards in Africa. Prior to joining REDRESS, Alice practised at an international law firm, acting predominantly in contentious regulatory and financial crime investigations. During this time, Alice maintained an active pro bono practice and led on litigation and policy reform projects on behalf of victims of arbitrary detention, sexual violence and gender and racial discrimination. While pursuing her LL.M., Alice externed at various human rights and social justice organisations, including the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, Urban justice Center, and New York City Commission of Human Rights. Alice holds an LL.B from University College London and an LL.M from Columbia University.
Blánaid Ní Chearnaigh
As a Legal Fellow at REDRESS, Blánaid is focusing on the UNVFVT project on case management and evaluation of strategic litigation, casework, and universal jurisdiction in the UK. While pursuing her LL.M., Blánaid externed with the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights and worked as a research assistant for the Clooney Foundation for Justice TrialWatch Program at Columbia Law School. Prior to this, Blánaid gained experience in human rights research and advocacy with the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute and Global Rights Compliance. She also spent time working with the International Civil Party Lead Co-Lawyer at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Blánaid holds an LL.B. from Trinity College Dublin and an LL.M. from Columbia University.
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Emma works primarily on advancing transitional justice in Sudan. Prior to joining REDRESS, Emma spent time with ALEF-Act for Human Rights in Beirut (Lebanon), Human Rights Watch, and the U.S. Department of State in the Office of African and Near Eastern Affairs. Emma has also worked in Jordan and Palestine. While pursuing her J.D., Emma was a student attorney in the Human Rights Clinic, focusing on human rights abuses in Kashmir. She has written extensively on urban conflict, post-conflict reconstruction, and business and human rights issues. Emma studied law at Columbia University, and holds a B.A. in English and Religious Studies from the University of Virginia.
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Chris joined REDRESS in 2017 as a Legal Advisor. Prior to joining REDRESS, Chris worked at Leigh Day on corporate accountability litigation, and on claims resulting from ill-treatment by British forces during the Iraq conflict. After working in South Africa on human rights issues in the period before the end of apartheid, as a solicitor he undertook housing litigation for vulnerable tenants in Birmingham, where he was a founding partner of the specialist housing practice, the Community Law Partnership. Chris served on the International Human Rights Committee of the Law Society from 2000 to 2004. From 2004-2009 he worked as legal advisor at a centre for abused women in northern Chile, later assuming the role of director of this project. Chris studied law at Birmingham University (LLB) and has an LLM in International Human Rights Law from Queen Mary University of London.
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Prior to joining REDRESS, Holly was based in Cambodia, working as a Legal Consultant for the International Co-Prosecutor at UNAKRT, and then as a Technical Advisor for local NGOs assisting victims of business and human rights violations. Holly has worked in the field of victims’ rights for the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, the Council of Europe, and the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency, where she conducted socio-legal research and developed victim-centred legislation and policies. Holly has also spent time working on strategic litigation projects at Human Rights in Practice and the Turkey Litigation Support Project. She has an Advanced LLM in Peace, Justice and Development from Leiden University.
Caitlan is a visiting lawyer at REDRESS who works across a range of strategic litigation, sanctions/asset recovery and universal jurisdiction projects. Prior to joining REDRESS, Caitlan practised at an international law firm, acting predominantly in complex disputes and contentious regulatory proceedings. He also advised NGOs on international human rights litigation and advocacy, with a focus on Libya, Kenya, and Zimbabwe. Caitlan is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales and studied law at the University of Oxford (BA).
Natalie coordinates REDRESS’s work on corruption sanctions in collaboration with the UK Anti-Corruption Coalition. Prior to joining REDRESS, Natalie worked as a Visiting Professional in the Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court. Previously, she spent 5 years practising in London, Paris and Singapore at an international law firm where she represented clients in complex international arbitration and litigation proceedings. Throughout her career, she has maintained a busy pro bono practice including, most recently, managing a project preparing submissions to the Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council on behalf of victims of alleged human rights abuses in South-East Asia. Natalie is a qualified solicitor in England and holds a LLB (Hons) from the University of Exeter and a LLM in International Law from the University of Cambridge.
Communications and Digital Assistant
Dianne spent the first years of her career as a journalist and documentary producer focusing on environmental and social issues in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Before joining REDRESS she also worked as a Communication Officer in organisations in the UK serving migrants and the Southeast and East Asian community. Dianne studied Communication (BA) and a postgraduate diploma in Photojournalism in the Philippines. She is also completing her MA in Media, Ethics and Social Change at the University of Sussex.
Sam recently graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in mathematics, during which time they investigated the theory underlying musical systems and tessellating art. They served as treasurer for three student societies, including the LGBT+ society, and along with their business partner won a prize in the 2021 Leeds Business Plan Competition for the development of an upcoming board game. In September 2022, they joined the finance team at REDRESS.
Mira is a Legal Fellow at REDRESS, focusing primarily on asset recovery and sanctions. Prior to joining REDRESS, Mira spent time at various human rights and civil liberties organisations, including the Immigrants’ Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, Justice Project Pakistan, and Minority Rights Group International. While pursuing her J.D., Mira was a Student Attorney in the International Human Rights Clinic, Crimmigration Clinic, and Immigration and Refugee Clinic. Mira holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an MPhil in Public Policy from the University of Cambridge, and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.
A legal fellow at REDRESS, Jake works on initiatives to secure justice and reparations for human rights defenders and victims of state violence. Prior to joining REDRESS, Jake obtained his law degree from Boston University School of Law, during which time he interned with Human Rights Watch and the Center for Justice and International Law. Before law school, Jake worked at the National Endowment for Democracy, an NGO focused on human rights and democracy promotion, and obtained a Master’s in European Politics from Columbia University.
Letizia is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the CUNY Graduate School in New York, where she obtained her master’s degree in Political Science. Prior to joining REDRESS, Letizia was a research associate at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies in New York, where she organised and coordinated the RBI UN Seminar Series, and conducted research on UN operations, human rights, globalisation and development. As project manager of the Ralph Bunche Centenary Celebration Secretariat, she worked closely with over 90 worldwide organisations to coordinate the Centenary’s events such as conferences, lectures, exhibits, event openings, educational outreach programmes and TV shows.
As a Legal Officer at REDRESS, Renata works primarily on initiatives to promote justice and accountability for discriminatory torture perpetrated against LGBT+ persons, and on the implementation of anti-torture standards in Africa. She has a background in criminal law and human rights, with experience in litigation, research and advocacy. Following five years of practise as a criminal lawyer, Renata focused on the implementation of UN treaties and national mechanisms for implementation, reporting and follow-up of recommendations from UN human rights bodies. She spent time at the Human Rights Implementation Centre (Bristol), and at Universal Rights Group (Geneva). She holds an LLM from University of Bristol focused on International Human Rights, and postgraduate diplomas in criminal law from the University of Salamanca, and the University of Coimbra jointly with the Brazilian Institute of Criminal Sciences.
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Camila Marin Restrepo
Camila focuses on REDRESS’ survivor-centred work, specifically in promoting participatory access to justice for survivors of torture in the UK. She has an extensive background in advocacy and capacity-building with survivors of human rights abuses, including survivors of torture and persecution, refugees, and families of disappeared persons. She has previously worked with Human Rights Defenders at risk with Peace Brigades International in Mexico, and most recently with the Grenfell-affected community in London. During the construction and implementation of the Colombian Peace Agreement, Camila advocated for the inclusion of the Colombian Diaspora from a gendered perspective and accompanied survivor-led reconciliation initiatives in the UK and Europe. She currently contributes to the work of Colombia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She has an MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology from UCL and BSc in Economics from Queen Mary, University of London.
Policy and Advocacy Officer
Lo is a policy and advocacy officer at Redress, where she focuses on securing accountability for serious human rights violations through Magnitsky sanctions and strategic advocacy initiatives to support survivors’ access to justice. Before joining REDRESS in January 2022, Lo was a policy and advocacy officer at Plan International and Orchid Project, where she worked to enhance the protection and fulfilment of sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality, focusing on ending all forms of female genital cutting. She has also spent time working at the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) in Geneva and Cambodia, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, and Universal Rights Group. Lo has a Master’s in Human Rights from Sciences Po, Paris and a BA (Hons) in Politics from the University of Nottingham
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Head of Communications
Eva joined REDRESS in 2011. She is a former Johns Hopkins University’s International Reporting Project fellow and a winner of the Guillermo Martínez-Marquez award for Latin American Reporting. She was the Metro and National News editor of El Diario-La Prensa, New York’s largest Spanish language newspaper. She previously worked as its senior political and investigative reporter, and worked on several award-winning projects. In the United Kingdom, she has written for the Financial Times Magazine and BBC Mundo. She has a M.A. in Journalism and Latin American studies from New York University, where she was an adjunct professor.
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Rupert Skilbeck is a barrister who specialises in human rights law and international criminal law, who has directed strategic litigation around the world. Before joining REDRESS in 2018, was the Litigation Director at the Open Society Justice Initiative, where he oversaw human rights litigation in more than 100 cases including torture, deaths in custody, discrimination, fair trial rights, corruption, national security, and international criminal law. Prior to this he worked with international and hybrid criminal tribunals in Cambodia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Sierra Leone. In 2006 he was appointed by the United Nations as the Principal Defender for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. He was also the director of Odsjek Krivicne Odbrane, the criminal defence section of the State Court in Sarajevo, and the defence advisor at the Special Court for Sierra Leone. From 1995 to 2004 he practiced primarily at the criminal bar in London and on the Midland circuit.
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As a Legal Officer at REDRESS, Megan focuses on the use of Magnitsky sanctions to provide accountability for serious human rights violations. Prior to joining REDRESS, Megan was a public lawyer at an international law firm, acting both for and against the UK government in complex judicial review proceedings. While a public lawyer, Megan maintained a busy pro bono practice and led on litigation and policy advocacy on behalf of survivors of torture, arbitrary detention, sexual violence and trafficking. Over the past few years, Megan has developed and campaigned for innovative solutions to the lack of funding for reparations for victims of serious human rights violations, focusing on the use of sanctions and asset recovery mechanisms. Megan has an LLB in Law with European Legal Studies from King’s College London.
After graduating from University College London in 2012, Mark spent the first years of his career working in museums before transferring to an office and finance role with an award-winning soft drinks manufacturer. Together with the founders he grew the company from start-up to a small-medium size business with drinks available in major retailers and pub and restaurant chains nationwide. In 2021 he studied his AAT (Level 2) Foundation Certificate in Accounting before joining REDRESS’s finance team in January 2022.
Emilia is a legal fellow focused on justice and accountability mechanisms in North Africa. Prior to joining REDRESS, Emilia worked with immigrants and asylum-seekers in various capacities across the U.S., Jordan, and the UK. She has also conducted research on a Fulbright grant in Jordan and studied as a Marshall Scholar in the UK. Emilia holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan, an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford, an MA in Gender Studies and Law from SOAS, and a BA in Middle Eastern Studies and Women’s Studies from Emory University.
Head of Law
Alejandra joined REDRESS in 2018 as Head of Law. She is a recognised expert in international human rights law, and a leading practitioner of strategic human rights litigation. Prior to joining REDRESS, Alejandra was the Legal Director at the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), where she oversaw their strategic litigation of human rights cases before the Inter-American Commission and Court of Human Rights. In her 10 years at CEJIL she litigated ground-breaking cases, including the torture of journalists (Herzog v. Brazil), international responsibility for torture against non-state actors (Linda Loayza v. Venezuela), sexual and gender-based violence as torture (Gladys Espinosa v. Peru, Women of Atenco v. Mexico), and summary executions and forced disappearance (Palacio de Justicia v. Colombia).
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Paul Lomas – Chair
Paul is a solicitor of England and Wales, with Higher Rights of Audience. He is a member of the Competition Appeals Tribunal in London. He was the Vice-Chair of the fundraising Appeal Board for the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, which raised more than £1.5 million. He was formally a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was the head of the global commercial disputes team. His experience includes general litigation, including commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, joint ventures, a wide range of regulatory litigation and defence work, financial services law, energy law, art law and particularly competition, cartel and EU law. He has advised many clients on strategic litigation, business model changing disputes and governance or ethics issues which affect their reputation. He has an MBA from INSEAD.
Professor Helen Duffy
Helen Duffy runs ‘Human Rights in Practice,’ specialising in strategic human rights litigation and international legal advice. She has litigated ground-breaking cases in the European, African and Inter-American systems, and intervened before international and national courts. For 10 years prior to setting up her practice she was Legal Director of INTERIGHTS, prior to which she was Legal Adviser in the Prosecutors Office of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Previously as Counsel to Human Rights Watch on International Justice, she was involved in negotiating the International Criminal Court Statute and in the Pinochet proceedings. She was also the Legal Director of the NGO Centro para Acción Legal en Derechos Humanos in Guatemala. She began her career in the UK government legal service, from where she was appointed Assistant Secretary to L.J. Scott’s Arms for the Iraq inquiry.
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Professor Sir Malcolm Evans, KCMG, OBE
Sir Malcolm Evans, KCMG, OBE is Professor of Public International Law and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law in the University of Bristol. His research interests include the law of the sea and the international protection of human rights, with a particular focus on the freedom of religion and the prevention of torture. He was Head of the School of Law (2003-2005) before becoming Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law. He is a member of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Advisory Panel on Freedom of Religion and Belief; the International Law Association Human Rights Law and Practice Committee, and the Board of Management of the Association for the Prevention of Torture. He has worked extensively on human rights issues for numerous international bodies and NGOs and is currently a member and Chair of the United Nations Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture. In 2015 Evans was appointed as a member of the reconstituted panel of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to torture prevention and religious freedom.
Yemscrach (also known as ‘Yemi’) is a senior business analyst, project manager and implementation consultant with over 15 years of experience. She has successfully implemented mission critical software solutions within various industries globally, including government, education, engineering, telecommunication, pharmaceutical, and retail. She is a customer service-oriented project manager proficient in SCRUM and Agile methodologies.
Philip is the CEO of Brevio, a start-up that is looking at grant-making processes to make them more efficient and effective for both charities and donors. He is an experienced program manager, consultant, and award-winning MBA, with experience of working within the large multinational construction businesses, heritage retailers, and start-ups in the tech space. He was previously the managing director of Apopsi Consulting, a specialist consultancy with a focus on brand and marketing strategy and a wider business strategy offering. He has an MBA from the University of Bath, where he was the winner of two international MBA competitions (in FinTech and Smart Technologies).
Kirsten is a Director at Deloitte, and the London Manager of Market Gravity, a proposition design consultancy, which helps mobilise teams in big businesses to create new ventures, new products, and new services. She is a senior innovation consultant, with a proven track record in delivering innovative and insight-driven propositions for blue chip clients. At Market Gravity she has a dual role as business development and project oversight, while managing a team of 35. She was previously a senior digital strategist at Blue Latitude, a specialist digital marketing consultancy.
Reverend Nicholas Mercer
Nicholas is the Rector of Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire. He is a former Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army, and taught at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in San Remo. As the senior military legal adviser to the 1st Armoured Division during the Iraq war of 2003 he became an outspoken critic of the use of torture in Iraq, and was ultimately suspended by the Ministry of Defence. He was named Liberty Human Rights Lawyer of the Year 2011-2012 for his work for prisoners of war in Iraq.
Baroness Vivien Stern
Vivien Stern is a cross bench member of the House of Lords. She was formerly the Director of NACRO (1977-1996) and Secretary General of Penal Reform International (1989-2006). She is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Prison Studies at King’s College London. She has written several books, including Creating Criminals: prisons and people in a market society and A Sin Against the Future: imprisonment in the World. She is a member of the advisory board of the OSF Human Rights Initiative.
Karen is a not-for-profit and charity specialist who has worked in the charity sector for over 16 years, both as a finance director and chief operating officer, and as a partner in some of the leading charity-specialist accounting and advisory teams. She has worked with a huge range of organisations, from household name charities to small local organisations, membership bodies, educational charities, grant giving foundations, international development charities and social enterprises. She brings hands on experience of delivering on strategy, transforming finance teams and creating change.
Evan Williams is a senior financial manager and analyst with over 15 years of experience developing and delivering successful strategies for businesses and the banking industry that drive growth. One of his achievements to date include leading a project team of more than 120 people to deliver a global transformation programme building and embedding a new enterprise Finance system in Barclays. Another achievement he is particularly proud of is the Guinness World Record 5km run he arranged in Hyde Park in 2017 in support of mental health and the charity Heads Together.
Professor Michael Bazyler, Chair
Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza
Professor Dinah Shelton
The Honourable Louise Arbour CC, GOQ
Dr Inge Genefke MD, D.M.Sc.h.c.
Dame Rosalyn Higgins DBE KC
Leah Levin, OBE
Professor Juan Méndez
Caroline Moorehead OBE, FRSL
Sir Howard Morrison KCMG, CBE, KC
Professor Manfred Nowak
The Rt Rev Lord Harries of Pentregarth DD
John Simpson CBE
Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE, RDI
Founder and Honorary President
Legal Advisory Council
Professor Michael Bazyler
Professor of Law, Chapman University School of Law, California.
Sir Geoffrey Bindman KC (Hon)
Solicitor specialising in human rights and founder and senior consultant at Bindmans LLP.
Michael Birnbaum KC
Barrister at Foundry Chambers and he was for many years, a member of the Executive Committee of the Bar Human Rights Committee.
Joanna Glynn KC
Barrister at One Crown Office Row, Temple.
Professor David Harris CMG
Professor of Law, Nottingham University.
Professor Lorna McGregor
Professor at the University of Essex.
Professor Geraldine Van Bueren
Professor of Law, Queen Mary, University of London.
Professor David Weissbrodt
Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School.
REDRESS Nederland was formally established in The Hague in 2016. Our Hague-based organisation builds on REDRESS’ extensive experience of collaborating with the International Criminal Court and other international justice institutions on issues such as victim participation and reparation in criminal trials. Its work is supported by a Board of Trustees.
Paul Lomas (Chair)
Also Chair of REDRESS London (see above).
Willa Geertsema (Honorary Treasurer)
Willa has had a long career as Charity Finance Director and is currently the owner of a start-up business. She worked for a range of British and US charities as Finance Director, the last of which was at the International Office of UWC, a global educational movement. During her time there, she oversaw the global financial strategy for fifteen schools and colleges spread over five continents and was part of a successful overhaul of the global financial and governance structures. In 2016 she changed career and started a groundbreaking start-up business taking antique porcelain into the online world, quickly building up a large online following and now exporting British antique porcelain items all over the world.
Rianne Letschert (Secretary)
Prof. Dr. Rianne Letschert is a is a recognised Dutch law scholar. She has been Rector Magnificus of Maastricht University since 2016. Previously Letschert was professor of victimology and international law at Tilburg University between 2011 and 2016. She holds a LL.M and PhD Degree in Law. She was a recipient of the prestigious VIDI grant, granted by the Dutch National Research Council. Her academic work is characterised by applying an interdisciplinary approach for a sharp analysis of the effectiveness of existing legal instruments and the desirability of new tools and institutional frameworks, in particular in the framework of post-conflict societies. .
Alexanderveld 5, office 3.19, 2585DB
The Hague, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 708 919 317 Email: [email protected]
Mandate and Operations
Stichting REDRESS Nederland was formally established on 7 September 2016. It is registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce with the registration number 66793319. Its RSIN number is 8566.99.846.
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