Elham Saudi is Director of Lawyers for Justice in Libya.
After finishing her degree in Arabic and Modern Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford, Elham studied law at Nottingham Law School. Elham practised commercial law at Slaughter and May, a leading corporate law firm in the City of London, from 2003 to 2010. In that period, she had a finance practice and her clients included Arsenal Football Club, Cadbury plc, Whitbread plc, COLT, and the World Bank.
She recently completed an LLM in International Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, obtaining a Distinction. Her focus was on international human rights law and international humanitarian law, with her dissertation entitled “The ‘Protected Revolution’: The Libyan Uprising and the Responsibility to Protect.”
In her role as Director, Elham has worked on fact finding in connection with investigations into alleged human rights violations in Libya in the period since 15 February 2011. She has also provided advice to a number of European governments and international bodies in relation to the 2011 conflict in Libya. In addition, Elham advised the National Transitional Council in Libya on a number of matters of international law, including the drafting of its guidelines for opposition fighters. Most recently, as part of LFJL’s Destoori project, she accompanied a team of Libyan lawyers and social activists, who travelled to over 35 locations across Libya in order to engage members of the public in discussions about the upcoming constitutional drafting process. She also was keynote speaker at an event at the last UN Human Rights Council Session in Geneva addressing the key challenges facing Libya on its road to human rights and democracy constitutional campaign. Elham’s media appearances include Radio 4, Channel 4 News, BBC News and Al Jazeera.
Elham is fluent in Arabic, English and Spanish.
Farah Beitelmal is the Advocacy Officer of Lawyers for Justice in Libya.
After obtaining her LLB degree in Law from Cairo University, Farah went on to Berkeley University where she obtained an LLM Master of Laws degree in intellectual property rights and public international law. Farah began her professional career as a trainee in the international arbitration departments of Freshfields Brukhaus Deringer and Shearman & Sterling, two leading international law firms, followed by a role as Deputy Counsel of the Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris, where she was responsible for administering and managing ICC cases involving the Middle East and North Africa. Farah is currently practicing law at Spanish law firm B. Credmades & Asociados in Madrid.
In her role as Advocacy Officer for Lawyers For Justice in Libya, Farah has worked on fact finding in connection with current investigations into alleged human rights violations in Libya in the period since 15 February 2011. She also attended the 50th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Banjul, The Gambia.
Farah is fluent in Arabic, English and Spanish.
Mariam Elhadri is the Coordinating Officer of Lawyers for Justice in Libya.
Mariam obtained her Juris Doctorate degree at the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law in 2012. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Pennsylvania State University in 2008.
During her time in law school, Mariam worked in the leading governmental practice and lobbying firm where she worked on legal and legislative matters for clients in the Pennsylvania Legislature.
In her role as Coordinating and Fundraising Officer of LFJL, Mariam has worked on fact finding in connection with current investigations into alleged human rights violations in Libya in the period since 15 February 2011. She developed a video database of human rights abuses used by international judicial systems. She received and completed the Seminar of Counsel training at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, Netherlands in May 2011. She also represented LFJL at the annual conference of International Criminal Court counsel. Mariam coordinates LFJL's workshops and also manages the social media relations for LFJL including its website, Facebook, and Twitter accounts as well as its regular press statements and upcoming newsletters.
Mariam is fluent in Arabic and English.
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