Ismene Zarifis

Senior Technical Advisor

Ismene Zarifis is an international human rights lawyer with over ten years of work experience in Africa and the Americas. Her areas of specialization are human rights, access to justice, the rule of law and transitional justice. She is a seasoned practitioner with expertise in strategic litigation and human rights advocacy at the regional level (Inter-American and African human rights systems). Further, she has a strong foundation in clinical legal education, having set up the first public interest law clinic in Uganda (Public Interest Law Clinic, Makerere University, School of Law) in 2012 and having taught in the clinic since its establishment. In the Americas, she worked with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (O.A.S) as a human rights specialist. In Africa, she previously worked in Liberia with the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission; and in Uganda, she held positions with the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs as a Technical Advisor in Transitional Justice, and subsequently as Chief of Mission withAvocats Sans Frontières. At the regional level, she worked in the Gambia with the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA), a pan-African organization specializing in litigation before the African human rights system. She has authored several articles on human rights and contributed to numerous studies on the right to reparations for a variety of international organizations. Prior to joining ABA-ROLI, she worked with the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Arusha, Tanzania implementing an EU-funded technical assistance project on strengthening the African human rights system. She holds a Juris Doctorate from the American University, Washington College of Law, and a Masters of Law in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.