Meet the Team

Mariana Goetz


Mariana is a human rights practitioner with over 20 years experience in post conflict justice, including at the Rwanda Tribunal and Special Court for Sierra Leone, where she was a Legal Adviser. More recently she was Head of Programmes at Aegis Trust, and Deputy Director of REDRESS where she had been its Post Conflict Justice Adviser working on transitional justice cases and projects with affected communities in DRC, Northern Uganda, Kenya, Central African Republic. See more.

Najlaa El Khalifa

Legal Advisor

Najlaa is a Legal Consultant working with Rights for Peace on research into hate speech in Sudan. Previously, she was Acting Executive Director for Sudanese Rights Group as well as Human Rights Officer and Consultant for the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies where she specifically investigated torture in Sudan. Najlaa has further experience working at Human Rights Watch researching Sudanese women human rights defenders and at REDRESS as their Sudan Project Officer and coordinating their Criminal Laws Reform project and Prohibition of Torture in Sudan. 

Dr. Nieves Molina Clemente


Nieves is Legal Adviser at the Danish Institute for Human Rights. She has extensive experience implementing human rights programmes in fragile states, both in and out of the United Nations including in Afghanistan, Somalia, DRC, Iraq (IHCHR) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Rob Mills


Rob is Director of International Development Practice at Social Finance. Earlier in his career Rob worked at the World Bank for eight years based in Mozambique and Washington, where he originated and managed a large portfolio of investments in southern Africa, as well as advising governments on policy and regulatory reforms. See his full profile.

Julia Werdigier


Julia is an analyst and former journalist with the New York Times.

Prof. Clara Sandoval-Villalba


Clara is a qualified lawyer and Professor of International Law at Essex University, originally from Colombia. She was Acting Director of the Human Rights Centre (January to December 2017), Director of the Essex Transitional Justice Network and former Director of the LLM in International Human Rights Law. You can view her Essex University profile here.

Dr. Lutz Oette


Lutz is Director of the Centre of Human Rights Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He convenes the Master's in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice and has published widely. He was formerly Legal Counsel at REDRESS Trust. View his SOAS profile here.

Abhaya Ganashree

Legal Intern

Abhaya studied Law at the University of Leeds where she was also the Editor-in-Chief of the Human Rights Journal and a Laidlaw Research Scholar within the School's Disability Law Clinic. She has an avid interest in international dispute resolution and has previously interned at an Arbitration Tribunal within the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague. Abhaya is currently working as a Research Assistant to Professor Tanya Aplin at King's College London and is working with Rights for Peace in putting together a practitioner's guide on hate crimes. 

Hugo Jones

Projects & Fundraising

Hugo obtained a First in International History and Politics at the University of Leeds, specialising in ethnic cleansing and genocide. He was managing editor of the Leeds Human Rights Journal and is currently supporting Rights for Peace with fundraising and project development.

Katy Leach

Communications Assistant

Katy is a history graduate from Bristol University. She specialised in modern social history, exploring ‘history from below’, which aims to centralise marginalised voices and narratives. As well as a passion for writing, Katy has a keen interest in filmmaking and communicating through telling stories. Katy is assisting Rights for Peace with social media, blogs and web content.  

Jubilee Barrow

Web & Digital Officer

Jubilee is the Digital Learning Coordinator at Bubble Chamber CIC, curating online learning for social enterprise leaders to scale their organisations. She has a double master degree in Design & Innovation involving both design and engineering. She is supporting RfP with web redesign and enhanced features such as online giving.

Jessica Shields

Research Assistant

Jessica is a graduate of Biology from the University of Leeds, with research experience from ETH Zurich. She studied Political and Social Sciences in Rabat, Morocco, writing on homosexuality in the 15th century Arab-Islamic world. She has worked in Athens providing advice and support on asylum and is currently assisting Rights for Peace with research on hate speech incidents.

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