Elham Saudi is Director of Lawyers for Justice in Libya.
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 Chatham House’s ‘Milestones in International Criminal Justice’ event, at the ‘Through the Lens of Nuremburg: the International Criminal Court at its Tenth Anniversary’ event, and 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. Most recently, she was a speaker at the Hay Festival Beirut, talking about women’s rights in Libya as well as the end of dictatorship and the road to democracy. Elham’s media appearances include 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 fluent in Arabic, English and Spanish.
Mariam Elhadri is the Coordinating Officer of Lawyers for Justice in Libya.
In her role as Coordinating 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 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 carries out LFJL’s international advocacy programme at the United Nations Human Rights Council and oversees LFJL’s minority rights projects.
In her role as Fundraising and Communications Officer, Mariam is responsible for project development, grant acquisition, and grant management. She manages the social media relations for LFJL including its website, Facebook, and Twitter account, as well as its regular press statements. Mariam also serves as Company Secretary.
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.
Mariam is fluent in English and Arabic.
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.
Destoori Guide and Jolie Legal Fellow
Huwaida is a Destoori Guide and Jolie Legal Fellow.
Huwaida accompanied the Destoori team on the Rehlat Watan tour as the lead Destoori guide. Rehlat Watan was a nationwide constitutional tour that visited more than 35 Libyan communities to raise awareness about the importance of the upcoming constitution and to poll their opinions.
Huwaida is also the first Libyan Jolie Legal Fellow. Her work focuses on developing an inclusive constitution and ensuring that human rights provisions are complied with. In addition, she is a member of the Libyan Volunteer Group monitoring human rights abuses.
Huwaida, a lawyer, obtained a degree in Law from Tripoli University in 1994. She is accepted to plead before the Libyan Supreme Court.
Aml El-Houderi is a Junior Researcher for Lawyers for Justice in Libya.
In her role as Junior Researcher, Aml has contributed to the Destoori campaign in which 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 an Urgent Appeal to the UN Special Rapporteurs regarding the destruction of religious and historic sites in Libya, highlighting violations of freedom of religion, expression and assembly and alleged acts of torture.
Aml initially joined Lawyers for Justice in Libya as a summer intern in 2012 and continued to work for LFJL throughout her studies. She completed a degree in International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London in 2013.
Aml is fluent in Arabic and English.
Farah Beitelmal is a Consultant for Lawyers for Justice in Libya.
In her role as a Consultant 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 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.
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 is fluent in Arabic, English and Spanish.
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