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.
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 AlakarTripoli 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 DennisProgrammes Officer
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.
Strategic Litigation Programme Coordinator
Verity joined LFJL as Strategic Litigation Programme Coordinator in January 2017. She provides legal assistance by identifying potential cases and bringing legal processes through various international human rights mechanisms in conjunction with other stakeholders.
Verity previously trained and qualified as a solicitor in the Dispute Resolution department at Kingsley Napley LLP, where she gained a wide range of litigation experience, working on cases such as claims for historic sexual abuse, fraud, international commercial litigation, directors’ disputes, professional negligence and contentious trusts and probate.
Before converting to law, Verity attained a first-class undergraduate degree in Philosophy at Leeds University and later studied a Master’s in Human Rights at London School of Economics. Her long-term commitment to human rights is demonstrable through several aspects of her experience. She completed an internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and has practical experience working in conjunction with the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Colombia and on various asylum and human trafficking claims and international criminal cases.
Verity is fluent in English and Spanish.
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.
Transitional Justice Programme Coordinator
Laura McDonnell joined LFJL in February 2017 as Transitional Justice Programme Coordinator. Laura is working with multiple stakeholders who have documented human rights abuses in Libya to establish a new system to improve information sharing and reporting on human rights violations.
Prior to joining LFJL, Laura worked at the Dialogue Advisory Group (DAG), a Dutch NGO. At DAG, she worked on multiple projects including to establish a dialogue on security with armed groups in Libya, to assist in the establishment of a truth and reconciliation commission in Sri Lanka and to coordinate DAG’s annual conference on peace and justice. Laura previously worked for the Information Commissioner’s Office in the UK, dealing with data protection law.
Laura has a Master’s degree in Public International Law from the University of Amsterdam, where she graduated cum laude. She also holds an LLB in International Law from the University of Hull, and received a Diplôme de Droit Français from the Université Pierre Mendès France in Grenoble.
Ali Agab Nour
Ali Agab Nour joined LFJL in August 2015, where he provides legal assistance by assessing and building strategic litigation cases and conducting research across LFJL's programmes. In addition, he provides training to Libyan lawyers on international and regional mechanisms for protection of human rights.
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.
Advocacy Programme Researcher
Elise joined LFJL in February 2017 as Advocacy Programme Researcher. She supports the Advocacy Programme by conducting research and by monitoring the human rights situation in Libya. She assists the Advocacy Programme Coordinator with identifying advocacy priorities and the development and implementation of advocacy strategies. To that end, Elise works closely with LFJL’s partner organisations and other stakeholders, including intergovernmental organisations and NGOs.
Before joining LFJL, Elise gained practical experience of the functioning of international organisations through two legal internships at the United Nations, first in New York and then in the field with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kosovo.
Elise holds a Master’s degree in Public International Law and International Administration from Sorbonne Law School and an LL.M. in Human Rights Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Elise is fluent in English and French.
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