Helen Duffy



Helen Duffy runs an international legal practice ‘Human Rights in Practice’ which specializes in strategic human rights litigation in regional and international human rights systems. She has conducted high-level human rights litigation on diverse issues including rendition and torture (eg Abu Zubaydah v Poland), judicial independence (eg Garzon v Spain), slavery and trafficking (eg Mani v Niger) or genocide (Plan de Sanchez v Guatemala) in the European, African, Inter-American systems and before ECOWAS and UN human rights bodies and national courts. Helen is the Gieskes Chair of International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law at Leiden University. For ten years prior to establishing Human Rights in Practice she was the Legal Director of INTERIGHTS. Prior positions included Legal Adviser in the Prosecutors Office of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Counsel to Human Rights Watch on International Justice and Legal Director of CALDH Guatemala. Helen is a graduate of the Universities of Glasgow (LLB Hons 1989), University College London (LLM 1990), Edinburgh (DipLP 1991) and Leiden (PHD 2013). Publications include “The ‘War in Terror’ and the Framework of International law (CUP 2015 2nd ed).”



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