CV

Rebecca Wright

Cairo, Egypt • rebecca@eipr.org

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Education

Boalt Hall Law School, J.D., Order of the Coif, June 2007

Activities:       California Law Review; Berkeley Journal of International Law Journal (Articles Editor); California Asylum Representation Clinic; Berkeley Human Rights Clinic

Awards:      Order of the Coif (top 10% of class); Jurisprudence Prize (first in class) for Resolution of Private International Disputes and for International Human Rights Law; Prosser Prize (second in class) for Public International Law and for International Human Rights Seminar; Boalt Hall Public Interest Summer Fellowship

Harvard Law School, J.D. Visiting Student, June 2006-June 2007

Activities:       Human Rights Program; Researcher for “Strengthening African Governance” (Kennedy School of Government project)

Awards:      Harvard Law School Henigson Human Rights Fellow (2007-2008)

University of Oxford, B.A., M.St., Ph.D., 1994-2002

Ph.D. looked at the autobiographies of British suffragettes who fought for the vote.

Activities:       University pentathlon team member; lightweight college and university rower; editor for student newspaper; producer and actor in university plays

Awards:      Graduate Humanities Academic Scholar (for outstanding graduate work); British Academy Scholar; Undergraduate Academic Scholar (for outstanding undergraduate work)

Professional Associations

  • Member of New York Bar Association (passed New York Bar in Summer 2007; admitted in April 2009).
  • Member of The American Society of International Law.

Experience

Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), Egypt, May 2010-present

  • Senior legal adviser for EIPR’s North African Litigation Initiative. Help to establish the initiative and reach out to NGOs and lawyers across North Africa (Mauritania, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Sudan and Egypt) to build their capacity to bring cases before the African Commission.
  • Organise and run training seminars for lawyers and NGOs on how to litigate before the African Commission.
  • Build networks to help strengthen the Arab human rights system and encourage links between the African and Arab human rights systems.
  • Attend sessions, trainings and seminars held by the African Commission and Court.
  • Draft submissions against the Egypt Government that are filed before African Commission.

Independent Researcher, Lebanon, Dec. 2009-Apr. 2010

  • Researched situation of civilians affected by conflict in Lebanon;
  • Visited Palestinian camps in Lebanon and assisted with local NGO efforts to secure the right to work for Palestinians in Lebanon;
  • Attended weekly meetings of the Foundation for Human and Humanitarian Rights, Beirut.

Human Rights Research and Advocacy Consortium (HRRAC), Consultant, Afghanistan, Nov.-Apr. 2009-2010

  • Wrote two reports on informal workers in Afghanistan, bringing together data collected during 1327 interviews by HRRAC field researchers;
  • Analysed quantitative and qualitative data and included sections on Afghan labour law and international labour and human rights standards;
  • Participated in advocacy meeting with over twenty Afghan MPs and government officials;
  • Worked in Kabul in November and December 2009 and continued to work on report from January to April 2010 whilst in Lebanon.

Afghan Women Leaders Connect, Consultant, Afghanistan, July-Aug. 2009

  • Conducted an assessment of a capacity-building programme run by Afghan Women Leaders Connect (a New-York-based NGO) that focuses on strengthening the organizational capacity of women NGOs;
  • Visited Kabul and met with directors of seven NGOs (HRRAC, AWSE, THRA, LCSAWC, AWRC, Parwaz Microfinance Institute and ECW) and Afghan consultants leading the project;
  • Wrote a report for Connect and advised how to strengthen the process.

Latham & Watkins, LLP, Associate, Qatar, Jan.-Nov. 2009

  • Represented the State of Qatar in two US$3million sovereign bond deals, interviewing high-level government officials;
  • Acted for Qatar’s leading real-estate developer in a telecoms negotiation;
  • Represented Qatar Shipping in the Qatar Shipping/ Qatar Navigation merger (Qatar’s largest M&A to date);
  • Wrote a guide to Doing Business in Qatar and advised international corporations on establishing and operating in Qatar;
  • Established a pro bono practice for Latham & Watkins in Qatar and assisted in establishing a women in business initiative for Latham & Watkins’ Middle East offices;
  • Drafted a model media law for the Doha Centre for Media Freedom (by the request of a Qatari Government committee).

Campaign for Innocent Victims of Conflict, Consultant, Afghanistan, July-Dec. 2008

  • Investigated and documented the experiences of civilians affected by conflict and their attempts to find those culpable or seek compensation or redress;
  • Interviewed journalists, politicians, policy makers and civilians in Kabul, Kandahar and Herat;
  • Co-authored first in-depth report and analysis on issues of redress in Afghanistan which has been widely discussed and presented to the US Senate Committee on Appropriations and at several institutions in Washington, DC, including the Woodrow Wilson Center and the New America Foundation.
  • Collected data in Afghanistan during July and August 2008 and wrote report remotely.

Harvard Henigson Fellowship (Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights), Legal Fellow, Egypt, Oct. 2007-Sept. 2008

  • Represented clients before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (including cases on freedom of religion, the right to a fair trial and freedom of expression), drafting submissions on admissibility and merits and responding to Egyptian Government pleadings;
  • Co-authored book chapter on “Access to Medicines in Egypt” for an AUC/ Yale Law School publication;
  • Assisted EIPR Director to push “the right to privacy” as a protection gap at the United Nations;
  • Wrote press releases and briefs for EIPR’s website (challenging, for example, the Egyptian Government’s attempts to introduce compulsory pre-marital genetic testing, to prohibit people with mental disabilities from marrying, to privatize the healthcare and to extend indefinitely the State of Emergency);
  • Conducted research for Quaker United Nations Office on the law, policy and practice in Egypt related to the incarceration of children with their imprisoned mothers. Visited main women’s prison in Egypt. Research included within multi-country report on this issue;
  • Conducted research for African and Middle East Refugee Assistance (AMERA) on the beliefs, practices and persecution of Eritrean Pentecostal refugees and co-authored a report to inform organizations and individuals processing asylum applications for Eritrean refugees.

Harvard Human Rights Clinical, Cambridge, MA, Sept. 2006-June 2007

  • Participated in field research in Papua New Guinea looking at the human rights violations arising from gold mining activities in the country. Interviewed villagers, mining employees and government officials and wrote report on findings;
  • Drafted amicus curiae for extradition case before a Dutch court involving a Dutch-Iraqi citizen accused by the US authorities of terrorist activity in Iraq;
  • Drafted memorandum on anti-terrorism legislation in the UK and amnesty laws in Sudan.

Boalt Hall Human Rights Clinical, Berkeley, CA, Sept. 2005-June 2006

  • Drafted model Rules of Procedure for the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP, Summer Associate, New York/ London, May 2006 -Aug. 2006

  • Conducted assignments involving international arbitration, international criminal law (working in particular on a white-collar criminal case regarding transactions in Iran) and on various international litigation, M&A and securities law matters.
  • Offered permanent position at the firm.

INTERIGHTS, Summer Intern, London, May-Aug. 2005

  • Worked as an intern in the Equality Litigation Project;
  • Researched and wrote memorandum on litigation strategies for the European Court of Human Rights and drafted a paper on disability rights;
  • Assisted with developing training programmes for lawyers in West Africa.

San Diego State University and Community Colleges, Adjunct Professor, San Diego, Jan. 2003-June 2004

  • Taught literature and writing classes to undergraduate students.

University of Oxford, Graduate Tutor, Oxford, Oct. 2000-June 2001

  • Taught twentieth-century women’s literature to undergraduate and graduate students.

Oxford Rape Crisis Centre, Volunteer Counsellor, Oxford, Nov. 1998-Jan.2000

  • Completed three-month training in counselling and conducted face-to-face therapy sessions with survivors of rape and abuse.

Hope and Homes Orphanage, Volunteer, Albania, June-Aug. 1998

  • Worked with children aged 0-9 and assisted in temporary camp for Kosovan refugees.

Waling Secondary School, Volunteer English Teacher, Nepal, Jan.-June 1994

  • Lived in small rural village, teaching classes of up to 80 students.

Publications and Conference Papers

Primary Author/ Co-Author:

  • HRRAC, Securing Human Dignity: The Need to Extend Labour Protection and Security to Afghanistan’s Informal Workers (Apr. 2010).
  • HRRAC, Afghanistan’s Female Home-Based Workers: Isolated and Undervalued (Apr. 2010).
  • CIVIC, Losing the People: The Costs and Consequences of Civilian Suffering in Afghanistan (Feb. 2009), co-authored with Erica Gaston, available at http://www.civicworldwide.org/storage/civic/documents/afghan%20report%20final.pdf.
  • “Access to Medicines in Egypt: A Human Rights Approach to IP, Trade and Health,” co-authored with Hossam Bahgat, in Access to Knowledge in Egypt: New Research on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development (Bloomsbury, 2009).
  • Latham & Watkins, Doing Business in Qatar (May 2009).
  • Justice Alito and Arbitration: His Opinion in China Minmetals, co-authored with Prof. David Caron, News and Notes, Institute for Transnational Arbitration (Winter-Spring 2006).
  • Finding an Impetus for Institutional Change at the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, 24 Berkeley Journal of International Law, 463 (2006).

Contributor:

  • Field Researcher in Egypt for Oliver Robertson, Children Imprisoned by Circumstance, Human Rights & Refugees Publications, Quaker United Nations Office (Apr. 2008).

Conference Papers:

  • “Compensation and Redress for Children and Families Affected by Conflict,” presented at Conference on Protection of Children and Families During Armed Conflict, Minerva Center for Human Rights, Jerusalem (June 2010).
  • “Access to Medicines in Egypt: A Human Rights Perspective,” presented at Launch of Access to Knowledge for Development (A2K4D) Research Center, American University of Cairo, Egypt (Feb. 2010).

Personal Information

Languages:

High intermediate/ advanced proficiency in written and spoken French; Basic written and spoken proficiency in Egyptian Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic.