Helen Duffy has practiced international law for over twenty years. She has conducted high-level human rights litigation before regional and international human rights courts and bodies, including the European Court of Human Rights, the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, the Inter-American Commission and Court of Human Rights, the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West Africa, UN human rights bodies, and intervened in national courts. Helen holds the Gieskes Chair and is a Professor 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, a strategic international human rights litigation organization, where she worked as Special Counsel through her human rights practice. Prior positions include as a Legal Officer in the Prosecutors Office of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Before that she was Counsel to Human Rights Watch on International Justice.
Helen is a graduate of the universities of Glasgow (LLB Hons 1989), UCL (LLM 1990), and Edinburgh (DipLP 1991). She serves on the advisory boards of several NGO's.