Meet the Board

Najlaa El Khalifa

Advisory Board Member

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.

Dr Sejal Parmar

Advisory Board Member

Sejal Parmar is a Lecturer at the School of Law and a fellow at the Centre for Freedom of the Media at the University of Sheffield, as well as a Visiting Professor at the Central European University in Vienna. Sejal has previously worked as Senior Adviser to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Representative on Freedom of the Media and as Senior Legal Officer at ARTICLE 19. See her full profile here

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.

Prof. Clara Sandoval-Vilalba

Advisory Board Member

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). She is the 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.

Julia Werdigier


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

Dr. Lutz Oette

Advisory Board Member

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.

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