Paulina (Paula) Rudnicka

Legal Advisor

Paula has 15 years of experience in the international legal development and human rights fields, with a focus on the rights of women and marginalized populations (particularly people living with HIV and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people), gender integration and inclusive programming, global health, refugees and migration, and countering gender-based violence and trafficking in persons. Paula leads the Gender Practice Group and serves as the Technical Advisor for the global consortium Women and Girls Empowered (WAGE) led by ABA ROLI. Paula has led research teams and has been the principal or co-author of a number of ABA ROLI publications, including assessment tools, reports, technical guides, and training manuals. She frequently participates in program design efforts, and gives presentations and advice on gender mainstreaming, inclusive programming and rule of law integration. Paula joined ABA ROLI in September 2005 after completing a fellowship at Human Rights First. She also worked with the U.N. High Commission for Refugees, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights, and the Jagiellonian University Human Rights Clinic, and she co-founded the Halina Niec Human Rights Association (currently Legal Aid Centre) in Poland. Paula was a Thomas Buergenthal Scholar at the George Washington University Law School, where she earned her LL.M. in international and comparative law. In addition, she holds a Master of Law degree from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Paula uses pronouns she/her/hers.