About - RightsInfo

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, storiesvideos 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.

We launched on 21 April 2015 and were granted charitable status in May 2016 (Charity No. 1167370), having been initially hosted by a charity called Global Dialogue. 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.

Who we are

RightsInfo was founded by lawyer Adam Wagner, who also set up the acclaimed UK Human Rights Blog, and our Chief Executive is Julia Kirby-Smith. We have a fantastic team of volunteers and staff who you can read about below.

Our trustees

Our trustees are Ali Torabi (Chair), Jo Tenzer and Allison Kahn.

How to keep updated

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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.

What you can do with our resources

The materials on the site 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.

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Adam Wagner

Founder and Strategic Director

Adam Wagner

Adam is the founder and 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.


Julia Kirby-Smith

Chief Executive

Julia Kirby-Smith

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.


Yoav Segal

Founding Creative Director

Yoav Segal

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.


Anna Dannreuther

Site Editor

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. 

Natasha Holcroft-Emmess

Site Editor

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.


Katie Jukes

Site Editor

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.

Jem Collins

News and Social Media Editor

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, as well as serving as a trustee of the Student Publication Association.


Jack Satchell

Video Producer

Jack Satchell

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.


Dylan Brethour

Project Volunteer

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.


Hayley Chapman

Project Volunteer

Hayley has a BA in History from Jesus College, Cambridge. After studying the GDL she spent 6 months with human rights charity Reprieve working on a re-sentencing project for Malawian prisoners facing the death penalty. She now works at law firm Leigh Day.

Daniel Charity

Project Volunteer

Daniel is studying for an LLB in Law with French at the University of Leeds. He recently studied at the Universite Lyon III for a year, studying French Law. He is interested in European Human Rights law, and the UK Constitution.

Jay Crush

Project Volunteer

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.

Benson Egwuonwu

Project Volunteer

Benson holds a B.A. in Jurisprudence from St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from BPP Law School. Previously, he volunteered for the Anti-Trafficking Legal Project, where he researched human trafficking in the Philippines.

Emma Frank-Gwinnell

Project Volunteer

Emma is a law student who is especially interested in international law, human trafficking and slavery. She currently leads a Students Against Slavery network.

Michael Goldin

Project Volunteer

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.

Sam Grant

Project Volunteer

Sam is the Campaigns Manager for René Cassin, the Jewish human rights organisation. Sam has an MSc in Human Rights from LSE.

Rebecca Hacker

Project Volunteer

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.

Alice Haynes

Project Volunteer

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.

Sian Lea

Project Volunteer

Sian Lea

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.

Corallina Lopez-Curzi

Project Volunteer

Corallina holds a LLM cum laude (Roma3) and a MA with merits in human rights (UCL). She currently works as Program Assistant at the Italian Coalition for Civil Rights and Freedoms (CILD) and as Assistant Researcher on criminal justice issues at Antigone (where she is also member of the National Prisons Observatory). She writes about human rights for RightsInfo and the European Liberties Platform.

Anirudth Mathur

Project Volunteer

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.

Saxon Norgard

Project Volunteer

Saxon is an undergraduate at Cardiff University studying a Bachelor of Laws. Originally hailing from Australia, his interests lie in family law, international affairs and human rights.

Olivia Percival

Project Volunteer

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.

James Reynolds

Project Volunteer

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.

Jake Richards

Project Volunteer

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.

Rachel Schon

Project Volunteer

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 Sullivan

Project Volunteer

Rachel is currently a BPTC student at City University and intends to practise at the Bar of England and Wales.

Naomi Webber

Project Volunteer

Naomi completed her law degree at Oxford and LLM at UCL. She is now an undergraduate teaching fellow at UCL and studying for the Bar Professional Training Course, intending to practise at the Bar of England and Wales.

Karina Weller

Project Volunteer

Karina is a law reporter for LexisNexis, principally covering the Administrative Court and European Court of Human Rights. She holds Bachelors degrees in Arts and Law, and a Diploma in Forensic Psychology.She is fascinated by international criminal law.

Vanesa D'Ortenzio

Volunteer Graphic Designer

Vanesa is a graphic and web designer based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was formally educated in Graphic Design and Multimedia Arts. Vanesa works for a Mutual Organization and she is especially interested in human rights, open data and social design.