Elham Saudi is the director of Lawyers for Justice in Libya.
As Director of LFJL, Elham has worked on fact finding alleged human rights violations in Libya in the period since 15 February 2011. She has advised a number of Libyan, European and international bodies in relation to the conflict in Libya, including the National Transitional Council in Libya on a number of matters of international law, including drafting of its guidelines for opposition fighting. As part of LFJL’s Destoori project, she accompanied a team of Libyan lawyers and social activists, who travelled to over 35 communities across Libya in order to engage members of the public in discussions about the upcoming constitutional drafting process.
Elham has been a keynote speaker at various events including at Chatham House and ‘Milestones in International Criminal Justice’, on several panels at the Hay Festival Beirut, discussing women’s rights in Libya, as well as the end of dictatorship and the road to democracy and at the event ‘Through the Lens of Nuremburg: the International Criminal Court at its Tenth Anniversary’. Elham’s media appearances include BBC World Service, Radio 4, Channel 4 News, BBC News and Al Jazeera.
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 completed an LLM in International Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies in 2011, 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.”
Elham is also an Associate Fellow in the International Law Programme and the Middle East and North Africa Programme in Chatham House, an independent policy institute based in London.
Elham is fluent in Arabic, English and Spanish.
London Programmes Coordinator
Thomas Ebbs is the London Programmes Coordinator.
Thomas joined LFJL in June 2012, as the Project Coordinator for Destoori. He assisted with the development of a wide range of materials, activities and events for the project, including the nationwide tour to over 35 locations across Libya. In his role as London Programmes Coordinator, Thomas is responsible for much of the management and research of LFJL’s programmes. He is also heads up LFJL’s women’s rights programme, which carries out a series of innovative projects in order to address various gender concerns in Libya.
Thomas previously worked in Cambodia where he provided assistance and advice on women’s rights issues, such as the abuses faced by migrant domestic workers and those employed in the garment sector. He worked with several human rights NGOs, including the Community Legal Education Center and the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, as well as esteemed human rights campaigner Mu Sochua.
Thomas holds an LLB in Law from the University of Sussex and went on to obtain an LLM in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice from the School of Oriental and African Studies for which he was awarded a Distinction.
Constitution Building and Legal Reform Programme Coordinator and Publications Manager
Chloe Dennis is the Constitution Building and Legal Reform Programme Coordinator and Publications Manager for Lawyers for Justice in Libya.
Since joining LFJL as an intern in February 2014, Chloe has primarily worked on the Destoori project, notably co-authoring, editing and producing the Destoori Report and Recommendations. As programme coordinator, Chloe is responsible for the research and management of LFJL’s constitutional and legal reform work which aims to promote a legal system, starting with an inclusive constitution, which protects and strengthens the rights of all Libyans.
As Publications Manager, Chloe edits the English-language version of Mizaan alongside its Editor-In-Chief, Ibtisam Al-Kilani. She also oversees all of LFJL’s publications.
Chloe holds an LLB and a Master’s, in Medical Ethics and Law, from King’s College London. She has previous experience in the civil liberties department of a leading London solicitor’s firm.
Aml El- Houderi
International Advocacy Programme Coordinator
Aml El-Houderi is the International Advocacy Programme Coordinator for Lawyers for Justice in Libya.
Aml initially joined LFJL as an intern in 2012. She then went on to become LFJL’s Junior Researcher where she contributed to the Destoori campaign. She assisted in organising events and activities, notably the training workshop for the Destoori Guides in Tunisia. In addition, her research for LFJL included drafting Urgent Appeals to the UN Special Rapporteurs in response to various grave human rights violations in Libya including attacks on activists, journalists, media institutions, vulnerable groups and acts of torture and ill-treatment.
In her role as the International Advocacy Programme Coordinator, Aml engages with international advocacy channels including the UN Human Rights Council, the EU, and African Commission. Aml regularly attends the UN Human Rights Council’s sessions engaging on resolutions on Libya and briefing key stakeholders on key human rights violations. She also works closely with Libyan NGOs in building their capacity to engage with international advocacy mechanisms. She is the Coordinator of the Coalition of Libyan Human Rights NGOs working around Libya’s Universal Periodic Review.
Aml completed a degree in International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London in 2013.
Aml is fluent in Arabic and English.
Sawti Freedom of Expression Programme Coordinator
Filomena Maria Fittipaldi is the Sawti Freedom of Expression Programme Coordinator.
She joined LFJL for a two-months internship in 2013, developing the Sawti Freedom of Expression Programme, and joined full time in February 2015. She coordinates the planning and implementation of Sawti’s activities and supervises the legal advocacy section of the project, carried out by the Sawti researcher.
Filomena previously worked in Lebanon collaborating with civil society organizations in the field of access to public spaces and arts. She is currently a member of the Cultural Innovators Network, a Euro-Mediterranean organization of young people actively engaged in civil society, and coordinates the intercultural art project Interactive Diaries. Filomena is the founder and president of OneYouth, an association promoting cultural diversity, and is a freelance photographer.
Filomena holds a Master’s in International Relations from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” where she graduated with a thesis on Libya’s transition.
Filomena is fluent in Italian, English, German and Spanish.
Anti-Torture Programme Coordinator
Faran Foley is the anti-torture programme coodinator for Lawyers for Justice in Libya.
In this role, Faran has assisted with the launch of LFJL’s anti-torture initiative La Mubarir, which aims to help prevent future instances of torture in Libya and ensure that torture survivors’ rights are protected. She is responsible for the development and management of the programme, planning and implementing activities, as well as organising events and producing materials. Notably, Faran has helped with the planning and implementation of La Mubarir’s first anti-torture workshop “Prohibition of Torture: Documentation and International Mechanisms for Torture”. In addition, her research included co-drafting a stakeholder submission on torture in Libya to the United Nations Human Rights Committee Universal Periodic Review.
Faran obtained an LLB in Law from Queen’s University Belfast in 2011 and an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex in 2013. During her time at Essex, she interned with the Essex Human Rights Clinic Centre, in partnership with the International Commission of Jurists, to create a memorandum on issues relating to the right to liberty and security. Faran has also previously interned at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law on the Law, Terrorism and the Right to Know Project, and at the Howard League for Penal Reform.
Faran is fluent in English and Iranian.
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