Founder - Trustee
Mariana is a human rights practitioner with over 20 years experience in post conflict justice. Most recently she was Head of Programmes at Aegis Trust, and prior to that 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. REDRESS won the MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions for its post conflict justice work during this period. After obtaining a law degree from King's College London and a Masters in International Law and Development Studies from the London School of Economics, Mariana campaigned for the establishment of the International Criminal Court for No Peace without Justice based in Brussels and participated in the Rome Conference as legal assistant to the Government of Senegal. She worked at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda as a Legal Officer from 1999-2002, based in Arusha, Tanzania; and at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in Freetown as its first Legal Adviser from 2002-3, drafting the court's first Rules of Procedure and Evidence, and also acting as its Head of Court Management setting up and supporting the structures of the Court for its first arrests, hearings and decisions. She undertook PhD research and taught Public International Law at the London School of Economics upon returning from living in Africa and joined REDRESS in London in 2006. She has published reports, journal articles and co-edited Reparations for Victims of Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity, Brill/Nijhoff 2009. The second edition is due to be published in 2019.