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ELHAM SAUDI

Elham Saudi

Director

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 at Chatham House, an independent policy institute based in London.

Elham is fluent in Arabic, English and Spanish.

 

Thomas Ebbs 

Deputy Director and Gender Equality Programme Coordinator

Thomas joined LFJL in June 2012, supporting LFJL’s flagship constitutional project Destoori as its initial Project Coordinator. In this role 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.

As Deputy Director, Thomas is responsible for the development and management of LFJL’s programmes, ensuring that they respond to human rights needs with creative, innovative and ethical activities. Thomas also oversees LFJL’s Gender Equality Programme, which ensures project activities are inclusive and consider how human rights issues can have disproportionate and intersectional impacts on individuals and communities.

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 for 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. 

Riad Alakar

Tripoli Office Coordinator and Legal Researcher

Riad joined LFJL in 2014 as Freedom of Expression Researcher, working to support key legal reports and analysis produced by the Sawti (‘My Voice’/ ‘My Vote’) project.

In his current role as Tripoli Office Coordinator and Legal Researcher, Riad is responsible for carrying out research on the ground, ensuring that key information supporting LFJL’s activities remains accurate and up to date.  Riad helps coordinate LFJL’s work and communications with local partners, playing a key role in facilitating collaborative activities.

Prior to joining LFJL, Riad established a civil youth movement in September 2011, which emerged out of the student enthusiasm during the February 17 uprising. Riad holds a degree in Law for which he ranked second in his graduating class at Tripoli University. He also holds a Master’s Degree in International Law from Tripoli University.

Riad is fluent in Arabic and proficient in English.

 

Chloe Dennis

Constitution Building and Legal Reform Programme Coordinator

Since joining LFJL as an intern in February 2014, Chloe has worked to promote a legal system that protects and strengthens the rights of all Libyans. Through the Destoori project she has sought to ensure that the Libyan constitutional drafting process was inclusive and representative of the needs of Libya’s people and communities.

Chloe has co-authored, edited and produced LFJL’s Destoori Report and Recommendations, as well a several commentaries which provide detailed reviews as to how Libya’s constitution lives up to the expectations of the Libyan public, constitutional norms, and Libya’s international human rights obligations.

Chloe is working with Libyan civil society organisations and activists to carry out joint advocacy activities to ensure human rights are sufficiently protected in this cornerstone of Libyan law. Chloe also works closely with LFJL’s Director and Deputy Director on LFJL’s grants, finances, events and communications to support each of its programmes.

Chloe holds an LLB and a Master’s, in Medical Law and Ethics, from King’s College London. She has previous experience in the civil liberties department of a leading London solicitor’s firm.

 

Jenny Holligan

Transitional Justice Programme Coordinator 

Jenny joined LFJL in November 2016. She oversees the Transitional Justice Programme’s activities which seek to overcome Libya’s current culture of impunity by promoting accountability for past and ongoing human rights violations. Jenny works with local, regional and international stakeholders engaged in actively documenting  human rights violations in Libya in order to establish systems to improve information sharing, strengthen the admissibility of documentation efforts and provide the foundations for future transitional justice processes. 

Jenny is a Scottish lawyer with experience of working on cases involving genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Cambodia and Kosovo. She has experience in the prosecution and representation of survivors before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) and in the Judicial and War Crimes Prosecution Units of the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX). During her five years in Cambodia, she also worked as the Director for the Center of the Study of Humanitarian Law, Cambodia’s only academic institute conducting trainings and research into human rights and humanitarian law.  She has undertaken consultancies to produce research examining the capacity and political will of Cambodian authorities to investigate and prosecute international crimes, the nature of the ECCC's legacy on Cambodia's domestic legal practice and the impact of the controversial NGO law on Cambodian civil society.

 
 

Aml El- Houderi

Advocacy Programme Coordinator 

Aml initially joined LFJL as an intern in 2012. She then went on to become LFJL’s Junior Researcher. Her research helped LFJL submit Urgent Appeals to the UN Special Rapporteurs in response to 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 Advocacy Programme Coordinator, Aml engages with intergovernmental organisations including the UN Human Rights Council, the European Union, and African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Aml regularly attends the UN Human Rights Council’s sessions to engage in resolutions concerning Libya and to update key stakeholders on human rights issues in Libya.

Aml works closely with Libyan NGOs to facilitate their engagement with intergovernmental organisations and to support their capacity to carry out their own advocacy efforts. She is the Coordinator of the Coalition of Libyan Human Rights Organisations and has worked closely with the group to engage in Libya’s Universal Periodic Review.

Aml holds a degree in International Relations from Queen Mary, University of London. She is also studying for an MA in Human Rights Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Aml is fluent in Arabic and English.

 

Ali Agab Nour

Anti-Torture Legal Advisor 

Ali Agab Nour joined LFJL in August 2015, where he provides legal assistance by assessing and building strategic litigation cases and conducting research on torture in Libya. In addition, he provides training to Libyan lawyers on international and regional mechanisms for protection of human rights and prevention of torture.

Ali is a human rights lawyer by training. He has previously worked as a litigation lawyer and legal aid coordinator for torture prevention projects in Sudan. He has also worked closely with REDRESS as a program coordinator in Sudan, and has worked on issues of law reform, torture prevention and strategic litigation with the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS), as a researcher and advocacy advisor.

Ali holds a BA in English Language from the University of Khartoum, an LLB and a GDL in law from the University of Alneelain, and an LLM on Human Rights, Conflict and Justice from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Ali is fluent in Arabic and English.

 

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