Working together with our Research Fellows, the Research and Capacity Building Programme contributes to policy and civil society thinking on human rights, the rule of law, and justice issues in Libya. The Programme offers precise and informed recommendations, which we build into our work and share with stakeholders through reports, workshops, and events. We regularly partner with civil society organisations, Libyan lawyers and activists, and world leading academic institutions to ensure our activities reflect a diverse range of perspectives and are of the highest quality.
Our research activities aim to provide meaningful insight into Libya’s human rights challenges. We prioritise the investigation of issues that are under-explored and which may offer new opportunities to achieve social change. We employ methodologies that engage participants and allow their voices to be represented. Our reports and materials speak to the human rights experiences of those affected, reflecting the concerns of daily life as well as experiences at the extremes of crisis.
Our capacity building efforts recognise that informed stakeholders, equipped with resources and skills, improve the prospect of a Libya becoming committed to human rights, the rule of law, and justice. We organise events to facilitate strategic conversations and offer participants new legal tools to make a difference in Libya. The programme develops informative resources, handbooks, and curriculums to support these efforts. We further offer opportunities, through fellowships and work experience placements, to help develop the skill sets of future human rights lawyers.
We are currently producing a detailed report on the occurrence of gender-based violence in Libya. The report will reveal new accounts on the diversity and impact of abuses; how gender-based violence is systematically encouraged through the Libya legal system and social processes; and informed recommendations on how civil society can respond differently. The research is supported by the staff and students working with the Human Rights Clinic of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) (Expected Release: Q3 2018)
We are drafting a short but detailed brief of the Reconciliation Process between Tawergha and Misrata. This brief will consider the content of the agreement from a gendered perspective, in order to provide recommendations going forward. It suggests opportunities to improve future national reconciliation efforts. The research is supported by the staff and students working with the Human Rights Clinic of the University of Sussex (Expected Release: Q3 2018)
We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr. Rebecca Wright as our new Head of Accountability and Transitional Justice. Rebecca is a human rights lawyer and brings a wealth of experience in strategic litigation, capacity building and human rights documentation across the Middle East and Central Asia. She has practiced as a criminal barrister in the UK and as a corporate lawyer in Doha, London and New York. On confirming her appointment to LFJL, Rebecca said: “I am delighted to be joining LFJL at this exciting time of growth. I look forward to developing projects which contribute to the process of bringing accountability and justice to Libya.”
Rebecca worked at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights and established the North African Litigation Initiative. She initiated the first case before the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights which was against the Libyan state for violations in the 2011 uprising. Rebecca holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford and a JD from Berkeley and Harvard. She is a member of the New York Bar and Inner Temple.
The Research and Capacity Building Programme undertakes activities that aim to identify new opportunities for participation, to share our understanding of human rights issues and to address the knowledge deficit around Libya.
The Advocacy and Outreach Programme ensures that core human rights concerns of grassroots stakeholders are a key consideration during the decision making processes of domestic, regional and international institutions and actors.