RightsInfo builds knowledge and support for human rights
What we do
RightsInfo builds knowledge and support for human rights in the UK by producing engaging, accessible and beautifully-presented online human rights content. In two years, we have created a new digital media space for human rights, featuring award-winning infographics, stories, videos and explainers. Our work now reaches over a million people every week.
Human rights protect us against injustice. They make our society fairer and more equal. But the human rights system remains fragile. Understanding of and support for human rights in the UK is low. RightsInfo’s mission is to change that.
RightsInfo was founded by lawyer Adam Wagner, who also set up the acclaimed UK Human Rights Blog. The brand and creative model was developed with Founding Creative Director Yoav Segal. We launched on 21 April 2015 and became a charity in May 2016 (Charity No. 1167370).
In 2017 we grew to a full-time staff of five, including CEO Julia Kirby-Smith and our first full-time Creative Director Sarah Wishart. We have a fantastic team of volunteers and staff who you can read about below.
We have won a UK Blog Award, the Plain English Communicator Award and a Smart Screen Creative Award. We’ve also been officially selected for the Oscars of the animation world, the 2017 Annecy International Animation Festival and were shortlisted for the 2017 D&AD Impact Awards.
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Who funds us
Our funding is almost entirely through charitable foundations: the Thomas Paine Initiative, the Legal Education Foundation, the Allen & Overy Foundation, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. The remainder is through private giving.
How you can support us
Please consider making a small contribution, ideally on a regular basis. As a small charity with a big impact, we guarantee that even a few pounds will go a long way to helping human rights in the UK.
Using our resources
The resources on the site – including videos and infographics – are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Full details here, but in short feel free to use them in their original form as long as they are attributed and you are not making money from our stuff. All we ask is that you drop us a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know that you have used something and how you used it.
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The core office team at RightsInfo is a small group of dedicated and creative individuals from a range of sectors, and with a wealth of experience. Together we are passionate about building knowledge, understanding and support for human rights.
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Julia is an award-winning broadcast journalist and digital media specialist. She has worked at ITV News and Sky News, held senior roles at Channel 4 News, and was part of the Editorial team for Channel 4’s BAFTA-winning coverage of the 2012 London Paralympics. She has won awards for her documentaries about domestic violence, Ebola and asylum seekers. With experience on both the journalism and management sides of media businesses, she also has a track record of using storytelling and digital media to create social change.
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Natalia has worked in the charity sector for more than a decade, most recently serving as the Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Executive of the London Legal Support Trust for five years. She also serves as a director of LegalVoice, an online magazine about access to justice aimed to support the not-for-profit legal sector. With a background of collaborative development, she has worked with a number of front line organisations, alongside colleagues at the National Pro Bono Centre including the Access to Justice Foundation, and previously worked at the Bar Pro Bono Unit
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Adam is the founder and Strategic Director of RightsInfo. In his day job, he is a barrister specialising in human rights law and is well known for his human rights communications work on social and mainstream media. In 2010 he set up the hugely successful UK Human Rights Blog.
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Sarah Wishart is RightsInfo’s first full-time creative director. She has a passion for telling digital stories through photography, film, and animation and a background in the theatre and performance making. She has worked in PR and marketing roles in think tanks, education sector and in the media. She is a noisy advocate for social justice projects that bring about significant change, and in particular for human rights
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Atoosa is the projects and partnerships coordinator at RightsInfo. She also studies an LLM in Human Rights and works part-time in a legal charity coordinating a pro bono project. Previously she volunteered for RightsInfo as a writer.
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Jack is the resident Video Producer at RightsInfo. He has a degree in film production and his work has previously premiered at film festivals. He’s passionate about using the arts to affect real change.
News and Social Media EditorJem_CollinsRead More
Jem is the News and Social Media Editor at RightsInfo. She is also passionate about helping young people into the media and runs Journo Resources, a free resources project, as well as serving as a trustee of the Student Publication Association. She is also one of the co-founders of The Second Source, a group to help end harassment in the media.
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Benjamin is the Digital Producer at RightsInfo. He studied BA English at the University of Southampton and works as a freelance writer.
Supporting our office team are our wonderful volunteers who give their time, energy and considerable skill to help change the conversation around human rights. Our volunteers include writers, students, lawyers, illustrators and many others, mostly working remotely on an ad hoc basis to contribute content, ideas and expertise. If you are interested in volunteering with us, you can register to hear when we are recruiting here
Abby is currently studying on the BCL at the University of Oxford, having completed her LLB at the London School of Economics. She is particularly interested in disability rights, mental health and mental capacity law. She is also School Speaker for Amnesty International and
has experience volunteering at a number of human rights charities.
Alice is training as a solicitor and will qualify as a commercial litigator. Alice regularly volunteers for pro bono initiatives such as Manuel Bravo Project, providing legal representation to asylum seekers, and pro bono research for charities like Refugee Action and Unicef.
Anirudh worked as a researcher for the Justice Verma Committee (on reform of Indian law on sexual violence). He has written for international print media, also interviewing the Dalai Lama. He is a founding trustee of the Justice Verma Foundation.
Anna Dannreuther is part of the RightsInfo volunteer team. She has interned at the European and Inter-American Courts of Human Rights and is currently training as a solicitor in London.
Benson holds a BA in jurisprudence from St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from BPP Law School. He is part of the RightsInfo volunteer team.
A former political journalist in Britain and a broadcaster in the USA, Carina later became a media advisor to Amnesty International and several leading politicians. She recently completed a Law degree and LPC and is now a paralegal in London.
Caroline is a human rights professional and freelance journalist with a passion for human rights in later life. She is currently completing her PhD on human rights and care homes at King’s College London. Caroline has a background in human rights and international development, specifically working on projects in Bangladesh, Nepal and Mongolia.
Cate Brown qualified as a solicitor in 2016, training in private practice. She is passionate about ensuring that ordinary people have the access and know-how to enforce their legal rights. Currently working as a freelance journalist, Cate has written for The New European and The Week.
Catherine has more than a decade of professional experience in international sports politics, marketing and communications, working predominantly for bid campaigns, organising committees and international governing bodies. She has a personal interest in human rights advocacy, dating from her days as a student journalist in the UK and France.
Cathryn is undertaking a Criminal Justice LLM at QMUL, following her LLB at UCL. She will start her BPTC at City in September and hopes to practice at the criminal bar. Prior to becoming a law student she worked for Labour MP Chris Smith, and as a headhunter in the City. She has a longstanding interest in civil liberties issues.
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Corallina holds a LLM (Roma3) and a MA in Human Rights (UCL). She works as Program Coordinator at the Italian Coalition for Civil Rights and Freedoms (CILD) and as a Assistant Researcher on criminal justice issues at Antigone. She is member of Antigone’s National Prison Observatory and Fair Trial’s Legal Experts Advisory Panel.
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Daniel is studying for an LLB in Law with French at the University of Leeds. He recently studied at the Université Lyon III for a year, studying French Law. He is interested in European Human Rights law, and the UK Constitution.
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Dylan is a freelance journalist and editor living in London. She has an MA in Transnational Studies from University College London. Dylan is interested in how the media can work to support human rights.
Eilidh is currently studying the Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Glasgow and hopes to practice in the area of human rights and asylum law. She has an LLM in Human Rights and Migration and a great deal of practical experience working in the asylum support sector. She is passionate about making human rights accessible for those who need them most and opening up the human rights conversation past academic circles. In her spare time, she loves to travel and experiment in the kitchen.
Ellie is an illustrator based in Bristol. She is a Geography graduate and works for a charity supporting people with learning disabilities. She created La Via Campesina’s International Women’s Day poster in 2015 and is especially interested in the rights and wellbeing of rural communities.
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Emma Gwinnell is a law student who is especially interested in international law, human trafficking and slavery. She currently leads the Liberty Asia Students Against Slavery network and is part of the RightsInfo volunteer team.
Gemma is currently studying the BPTC at City Law School and is the Bingham Scholar at Gray’s Inn. She is interested in public law, with a particular focus on the intersection between human rights, technology and the challenges of the Internet age.
Hannah Johnson is a senior parliamentary researcher at the National Assembly for Wales, specialising in equality, human rights, poverty and social security. She has worked on international parliamentary strengthening for the United Nations Development Programme in Fiji, co-runs the award-winning We Are Cardiff blog, runs a small publishing house called the We Are Cardiff Press, and spends the rest of her time on an aerial trapeze.
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Harvey is a Law graduate currently studying for an LLM in Human Rights Law at the University of Nottingham. He has focused his studies around prisoners’ rights and the role of dignity as a concept underpinning human rights.
Hayley holds a BA in History from Cambridge University, and is a Lord Brougham Scholar at Lincoln’s Inn. She is part of the RightsInfo volunteer team.
Hoda is a second year Law student at Durham University and a Team Leader for the pro bono project Access to Justice, where students review cases of prisoners who maintain their innocence, with the aim to send applications on their behalf to the CCRC. She has also previously volunteered for the homelessness charity Shelter and is interested in anti-discrimination, privacy and counter-terrorism law, especially in relation to public law and human rights.
Jake is currently studying law, whilst working as a Political and Legislative Adviser in Parliament. He is a Lord Bowen Scholar at Lincoln’s Inn and a Churchill Fellow.
Jay has an LLB (Hons) from the University of Bristol and an MA in Politics from the University of Kent. From there, he went on to be an Election Agent in the 2015 General Election and now works for a Member of Parliament.
Joe wants to go into criminal defence and is currently completing his GDL whilst working at Citizens Advice. He is fascinated by critical perspectives on law and human rights and presented his BA thesis research on the topic at a conference organised by the Sussex Centre of Human Rights in January 2017. He is an active member of the Haldane Society and Young Legal Aid Lawyers and fantasises about a world where people earn piles of cash through legal aid.
Karina is a law reporter for LexisNexis. She holds Bachelors degrees in Arts and Law, and a Diploma in Forensic Psychology.She is fascinated by international criminal law.
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Katie Jukes is a Senior Lecturer in Constitutional and Administrative Law at BPP’s Law School in Leeds. She is a passionate believer in the protection of human rights and in communicating accurate, comprehensive information on human rights to the public.
Laura has a BA in history from Cambridge and a MSc in international development from LSE. She worked in the Centre of Thematic Expertise in Migration at the European Commission and will be starting the Graduate Diploma in Law in September. She has a particular interest in women’s rights.
Libby is a solicitor who specialised in commercial litigation for more than ten years. On leaving private practice, she obtained an LLM in Human Rights and now combines motherhood with pro-bono work for legal advice centres and voluntary work for human rights organisations
British Iranian Liz has a LLB (Hons) and a BA in Women’s Studies from the University of Auckland, and has been admitted to the Bar in New Zealand. She has worked for the New Zealand government, initially deciding asylum cases, and later working on refugee family reunion cases which involved travelling in Africa interviewing refugee families alongside UNHCR and IOM. Most recently Liz has been combining parenthood with volunteering with organisations which represent the views of families whose children have special educational needs and disabilities. Liz’s other interests include the rights of children to receive appropriate and adequate health care.
Lubka has an LLB (Hons) European Legal Studies from the University of Southampton and is currently studying for an LLM in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). She also volunteers as Young Refugee Caseworker at the British Red Cross, helping unaccompanied children and young people claiming asylum in the UK to understand and access support services. Her experience lies in youth work, with a particular focus on developing young people’s leadership and soft skills.
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Matthew holds an MA(Hons) in Philosophy from the University of St. Andrews. He is currently reading Law as an affiliate at the University of Cambridge, for which he holds Lord Brougham and Hardwicke Scholarships from Lincolns Inn. Matthew is an editor at the Cambridge Law Review and has published and spoken on human rights, animal rights and internet ethics from both a philosophical and legal standpoint.
Michael works at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants assisting with immigration and asylum applications and appeals and is also studying for the LPC. He holds an MA in Legal and Political Theory.
Miranda is (almost) a graduate law student from the University of Sheffield, and will be continuing her studies in London. She is interested in all aspects of human rights law, particularly regarding gender, sexuality, intersexuality and refugee law.
Naomi completed her law degree at Oxford and LLM at UCL. She is now an undergraduate teaching fellow at UCL and LSE and will commence pupillage in 2018.
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Natasha studied BA Jurisprudence and the BCL at Oxford University. She qualified as a solicitor at a London law firm before returning to Oxford to undertake an MPhil, researching international human rights law.
Olivia is a qualified solicitor who has worked in private practice and for the Government Legal Service. She is currently working at the Council of Europe.
Paul Caira is a teacher and writer. He holds a degree in Mathematics from London University, and studied the BPTC at City Law School. He was called to the Bar in 2015, and blogs about a variety of legal and political topics, including Brexit, sex law, sexual politics and gender politics.
Preetika holds a law degree from the University of Oxford and an LLM from The LSE. She has previously worked at UN Women, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and in the Office of the UN Secretary General. Preetika has also represented numerous individuals in Social Security Tribunal Hearings and is training to be a barrister.
Rachel is in her final year studying journalism at the University of Kent and is in the process of making a TV documentary about period poverty in the UK. She also interns at KMTV Kent.
Rachel Schon studied Theology at Cambridge and then completed a graduate fellowship at Yale which introduced her to law and social science. She has worked as a researcher at The Young Foundation, specialising in social innovation and social enterprise, and now works at the Helen Bamber Foundation.
Rachel is currently a BPTC student at City University and intends to practise at the Bar of England and Wales.
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Rebecca is a Classics graduate and is currently studying for a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). She is passionate about human rights and empowerment through education, and has worked with survivors of torture and forced displacement in the UK, Switzerland and Jordan.
Rebecca is a barrister and human rights lecturer at the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice (Sheffield Hallam). She has worked as a human rights lawyer in countries including Egypt, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Syria. She is a trustee of Freedom from Torture and The Schools Consent Project. She wrote her PhD on the suffragettes.
Rose currently works as a Research Assistant at the Law Commission. She completed a Law LLB and Human Rights LLM at the University of Bristol and Edinburgh respectively. She has previously worked at the UCL Centre for Access to Justice and United Nations House Scotland, as well as charities nationally and internationally.
Ruth graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA in Jurisprudence before completing a Masters in Medical Law and Ethics at King’s College. She works for a national medical organisation in the Medical Ethics and Human Rights Department, where she leads on policy relating to end of life issues and health in detention.
Sam is the Campaigns Manager for René Cassin, the Jewish human rights organisation. Sam has an MSc in Human Rights from LSE.
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Saxon is one of RightsInfo’s volunteer Site Editors and a future trainee solicitor in London. Originally hailing from Australia, his interests lie in family law, international affairs and human rights.
Sian is currently the Senior Programme Manager with Shiva Foundation, an anti-trafficking organisation. She has an MA in Human Rights from UCL and Graduate Diploma in Law. Previously she worked in anti-trafficking in Cambodia.
Skye Baker is an illustrator, photographer and writer from South London. She is currently studying at leeds college of art. She is especially fascinated by colour, untold stories and the power of social change.
Theo is currently studying for an MA in Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam, having graduated from the University of Exeter with a BA (Hons) in the same subject. He has worked as a researcher for several organisations and has presented working papers at a number of universities, including Manchester, Salzburg, and Ghent.
Zarqa holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of Leeds. She is now studying for the BPTC in Leeds. Alongside this, Zarqa also volunteers with other organisations including the Bar Pro Bono Unit and Just for Kids Law. Zarqa is passionate about human rights law – particularly in the context of media freedom.
Rightsinfo has developed lasting relationships with a number of contractors and collaborators who work in a range of ways with us, some regularly and some on an ad hoc or project basis. They bring specialist skills and knowledge and help us spread the word about human rights.
Anna Mazzola is a solicitor at Bindmans, as well as a published author. She works as one of RightsInfo’s weekday sub-editors.
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Chris is the director of Concrete Hermit, a design studio based in London. He has worked with Rightsinfo from the inception of the project designing, building and maintaining the website.
Our board of trustees provide the oversight and governance for the organisation. Selected through open recruitment procedures and each with a specific area of responsibility and skill set, they meet bi-monthly to hold the organisation to account and make sure we are fulfilling our purpose. If you would like to find out when we are next recruiting for trustees please email email@example.com
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Ali is the Chair Board of Trustees at RightsInfo. He is a campaign strategist and a storyteller. Ali has a background in the civil service and campaigning organisations. He currently leads the TUC’s digital campaigning.
Allison has over fifteen years of experience in the international development and human rights sectors. She currently serves as a Programme Director at the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, where she has scaled their pioneering mentoring and learning model to support thousands of women in 100+ developing and emerging markets. She holds an MSc in Human Rights from LSE.
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Andie has a background in Economics, having studied at Cambridge University in the 1980s. He has worked as a medical and clinical auditor and has also been, for five years, the Finance Trustee of an educational charity.
Anne has been raising money for non-profits for over 25 years. She has worked with a range of organisations both here and in the USA. Her interest in human rights stems in part from experience working with migrants and young people in particular.
Cyrus leads a data analytics consultancy, with over 10 years experience in data-driven consultancy. His experience spans IT, finance and operations, having worked at pwc, Prinovis and currently at Reply Data. He is a Maths and Philosophy graduate of the University of Manchester.
George is a barrister at Monckton Chambers, specialising in public, competition, EU and tax law. He comments regularly on Brexit and other legal issues.
Laura is a freelance journalist and digital media consultant, with a background in social media and audience engagement. She reports on a variety of topics from innovations in healthcare to how technology is changing business and culture. She also trains journalists in the latest ways to tell stories online and develop strategies for social media and online community building. Prior to going freelance, she worked as Head of Social and Community at the Guardian.
The team at Rightsinfo is constantly evolving. Some of our staff and volunteers have moved on to pursue their careers or further education, but they will always be part of the Rightsinfo family. We thank them for their valued contribution whilst with us, and are grateful for their continued support.
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Abigail is the Partnerships Coordinator at RightsInfo. She has an MA in Holocaust Studies and has worked on community outreach programmes with other charitable organisations. In her spare time, Abigail is a support worker for children with learning disabilities.
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Charlotte was a Senior Creative Manager at Universal Music for five years before studying for an LLM in Human Rights. She has worked with organisations campaigning on a range of issues including women’s rights and indefinite detention.
Eithne is a masters student at City University where she is studying International Journalism. Previously, she achieved a Bachelors Degree in Economics and English at University College Dublin where she worked at the student paper, The University Observer.
Emma works as a weekday sub-editor for RightsInfo, as well as being a Senior Parliamentary Assistant for Lady Hermon MP.
James manages programmes for a charity called ISLP-UK, a network of lawyers working on key international development issues. Before joining ISLP, James was a corporate tax lawyer at Allen & Overy. He is part of the RightsInfo volunteer team.
Kwame received a BA in Linguistics from the University of York, where he carried out research on the effect of slang on fair treatment in the U.K’s criminal justice system. He is now working toward an MSc in Human Rights at the London School of Economics.
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Yoav Segal is an award-winning film and theatre-maker, impact consultant and Arts Foundation Fellow 2015. He has a passion for social action projects that affect real change and stories that challenge people to think. Yoav works with NGOs, charities and businesses focused on youth engagement, social inclusion and peace-building in conflict zones. His films have been seen at world-leading festivals and prime-time TV, his theatre work at Sadlers’ Wells and other world leading venues and he’s led social action projects for FTSE 50 companies.