LFJL Announces Research Department, New Partnerships, and Reorganisation

October 26, 2017

Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL) is pleased to announce the launch of its new Research Department. LFJL’s Research Department is dedicated to carrying out activities which shed light on the human rights situation in Libya. In doing so, LFJL hopes to prioritise identifying new strategies to protect and promote human rights in the country.

The Research Department will improve the availability and quality of accessible information on a wide range of issues affecting human rights in Libya. Reports will be released in the coming months on freedom of expression, gender based violence, and transitional justice in Libya. The Research Department is also committed to collaborating and supporting a new generation of Libyan human rights activists. LFJL intends to announce fellowship opportunities in the near future. 

The Research Department is founded on a unique collaboration between human rights lawyers from across the globe. Its activities are made possible thanks to the tireless efforts of partners and activists in Libya who regularly collaborate on research and documentation efforts with LFJL staff. They are now joined by several leading institutions’ human rights clinics and masters programmes that have kindly agreed to undertake joint activities with the Research Department. Over the following year, the staff and students of the University of Bristol, the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and the University of Sussex will assist the Research Department by providing unique insights and high quality legal research.

“LFJL is delighted to announce our collaboration with esteemed partners in Libya and from across the world. This partnership of perspectives is a unique undertaking in Libya. We are extremely hopeful that our collective efforts will help produce innovative human rights reports and materials” remarked LFJL’s Executive Director Elham Saudi. 

LFJL has dedicated several of its existing staff to the Research Department and intends to hire additional researchers in the near future. The Director of Research, Thomas Ebbs will lead the Research Department’s activities. As the former Deputy Director of LFJL, Ebbs will make use of his experience in programme development and his wide ranging understanding of human rights issues affecting Libya. 

The Research Department will also benefit from the insights of Gender Equality Researcher, Khadija Elboaishi who has a wealth of legal expertise as a lecturer at the University of Tripoli and plays an active role in joint civil society initiatives in Libya. They are joined by Legal Advisor, Ali Nour, a highly experienced legal researcher, advocate and litigator, who has worked extensively on human rights issues in Sudan and Libya. He will assist with research and the development of monitoring and support mechanisms for our Libyan partners.

“Crises involving Libya are frequently reported on but sustained monitoring and follow up investigations on human rights issues are few.  This has led to substantial gaps in knowledge. The Research Department is an opportunity to change this.” noted Thomas Ebbs. “Our team’s objective is to inform and reinvigorate the Libyan human rights movement. I am hopeful that in the near future lawyers, activists and members of the public will be able to make use of our activities and that they will have a meaningful impact on the enjoyment of human rights in Libya.” 

To support its effort to carry out innovative and responsive work, the Research Department is designed to be open and collaborative. LFJL has therefore issued an open call for communications from third parties who are interested in carrying out joint activities with the Research Department. The Research Department staff and agents are also available to provide consultations on the human rights situation in Libya. Those interested in exploring such partnerships are invited to contact Thomas Ebbs Thomas@Libyanjustice.org.

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