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Jennifer Robinson is an Australian human-rights lawyer, and co-founder of ILWP. She is the Legal Director for the Bertha Foundation in London and an Adjunct Lecturer in Law at the University of Sydney Law School.

Since 2010, Robinson has been a member of a legal team representing Julian Assange and WikiLeaks in London.

Throughout her career, Robinson has worked on projects involving the accountability of multinational corporations for human rights abuses, with a particular interest in the Freeport mine in West Papua. She has also led a project for the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative on Business and Human Rights.

In 2011, she became the Legal Director for the Bertha Foundation in London, with the task of creating and developing a global human rights and public interest law program.

Jennifer is the author of the report ‘Self-Determination and the Limits of Justice: West Papua and East Timor‘.




Jennifer Robinson

Founding member

Charles Foster is an English writer, barrister and co-founder of ILWP. He is known for his books and articles on theology and law. He is a Fellow of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, holds a doctorate in medical law from the University of Cambridge, and teaches medical law and ethics at the University of Oxford.

Charles was awarded the ‘2011 Chambers Bar Award’ for Junior of the Year in professional discipline.

He is a specialist medical law practitioner. Areas covered include consent to treatment, withdrawal of treatment, disciplinary and regulatory work (GMC, GDC and others), healthcare resource allocation, clinical confidentiality and clinical negligence.



Charles Foster

Founding member

Geoffrey Robertson QC  is a human rights barrister, academic, author and broadcaster.

Robertson is the founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers. He serves as a Master of the Bench at the Middle Temple, a recorder, and visiting professor at Queen Mary, University of London.

He has been counsel in many landmark cases in constitutional, criminal and media law in the courts of Britain and the commonwealth and he makes frequent appearances in the Privy Council and the European Court of Human Rights. His recent cases include: appearing for the Wall Street Journal in Jameel v WSJ, the landmark House of Lords decision which extended a public interest defence for the media in libel actions; representing Tasmanian aborigines in the novel action which stopped the Natural History Museum from experimenting on the remains of their ancestors; defending the Chief Justice of Trinidad at impeachment proceedings; arguing the Court of Appeal case (R v F) which first defined “terrorism” for the purpose of British law; arguing for the right of the public to see royal wills and representing a trust for the education of poor children in litigation in Anguilla over a billion dollar bequest.

He has maintained a wide advisory practice and has served part-time as a UN appeal judge at its war crimes court in Sierra Leone. In 2008 the UN Secretary General appointed him as one of the three distinguished jurist members of the UN’s Internal Justice Council.


Geoffrey Robertson QC

Senior Advisor

Mark  Stephens CBE is a British solicitor specialising in media law, intellectual property rights, and human rights with the firm Finers Stephens Innocent.

He is also Chairman of the Contemporary Art Society, Design and Artists Copyright Society, the advisory board of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at Oxford University, and the Board of Governors at University of East London. He is President of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association and an independent director of the Independent Schools Inspectorate and a patron of International Alert.


Mark Stephens

Senior Advisor

Melinda Janki an international lawyer specialising in the environment and human rights and a co-founder of ILWP. She provides legal advice to conservation organisations and to aboriginal and tribal peoples in Asia, Africa and South America.

Melinda is an active member of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) where she is a member of both the Commission on Environmental Law and the World Commission on Protected Areas. She is a Vice-Chair of the Commission on Environmental Law, co-chair of the Specialist Group on Indigenous Peoples, co-chair of the Specialist Group on Protected Areas, and co-chair of the Inter-Commission Task Force on Protected Areas.

Melinda represented the Patamona people of Guyana in their struggle against the Government over the extension of a national park that violated their traditional rights. As a result of her work with these communities the law was changed to protect their traditional rights. She recently drafted a new law for Guyana, the Amerindian Act 2006, which legally recognises and protects collective Amerindian rights, including collective land ownership. The law also gives Amerindian communities a veto over mining on their lands, lawmaking power and the right to establish their own protected areas.

Melinda is also the author of a far reaching study into the 1969 Act of Free Choice. Her paper ‘West Papua And The RightTo Self-Determination Under International Law‘ first appeared in the West Indian Law Journal in May 2010.


Melinda Janki

Founding member

Louis Yandeken is a Human Rights Lawyer from Papua New Guinea. He has been an advocate of the West Papuan self-determination movement for many years and was a guest speaker at the Road To Freedom Conference, held in Oxford in 2011.


Louis Yandeken

Jonathan Morrow specializes in international law, natural resource development, sovereign representations, and advice to multinational organizations. He served from 2001 to 2004 as a principal legal advisor to the Prime Minister of East Timor on maritime boundary and unitization treaty negotiations with Australia; as deputy negotiator on Timor Sea Treaty and maritime boundary negotiations; and as one of the principal constitutional advisers to the UN Transitional Administrator in East Timor.

Other sovereign representations include advising the government of Zambia, the government of Afghanistan, and the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq. In or relating to Iraq, Mr. Morrow has advised the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Kurdistan Regional Government since 2006, served as Senior Legal Adviser to the United States Institute of Peace in respect of the drafting of the Iraqi Constitution; served as Senior Consultant to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq in respect of the Iraqi Constitution; and provided testimony to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Mr. Morrow is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, and served as a judge’s clerk for a senior Australian judge.

Jonathan Morrow

Anne Kajir is an attorney from Papua New Guinea. She has uncovered evidence of widespread corruption in the Papua New Guinea government, that allowed illegal logging in tropical forests. Kajir was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2006.

In 1997, her first year of practice, Kajir successfully defended a precedent-setting appeal in the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea, which forced the logging industry to pay damages to indigenous land owners. Today, Kajir is the chief executive officer of the Environmental Law Centre in Port Moresby and is the lead attorney in a Supreme Court case aimed at stopping foreign timber companies’ large-scale, illegal deforestation practices, often accompanied by threats of harm to local landholders who dare to challenge them.

Anne Kajir

Jamela Ali is an Attorney at Law and Legal Practitioner in the Courts of Guyana for 23 years.

She specialises in several areas of Guyana law in the civil and commercial jurisdiction. She commenced her legal career as a State Counsel at the Attorney General’s Chambers in Guyana and is presently in private practice providing legal services at the Guyana Law Firm of Rex McKay & Associates.

Ms Jamela A Ali is a trained Mediator and a Mediation Trainer and provides Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services. She is President of the Mediation Institute of Guyana Inc. (MIG)

She has authored articles on Adoption, Constitutional law, Legislative Drafting, Duty to Give Reasons, Law Revision & Legal Practitioners Committee, which have been published in the New Guyana Bar Review, Caribbean Law Review, Guyana Chronicle & Stabroek News newspapers. She has also delivered speeches on Constitutional Law Reform, Human Rights, Legislative Drafting, Mediation and laws relating to Children & Women.


Jamela Ali

Teni Housty, Senior Partner, was admitted to practice at the bar in Guyana in October, 1996 and the Trinidad and Tobago Bar in 2007. He is an Attorney-at-Law and Legal Consultant, as well as a Certified Mediator.

He possesses a Master of Laws Degree. His areas of expertise spans International Trade, Intellectual Property, Telecommunications,Electronic Commerce, Media Law, Legislative Drafting, Labour Law, Human Rights and Environmental Law. He is also a lecturer at the University of Guyana in the areas of Human Rights Law and Intellectual Property Law, and was thePresident of the Guyana Bar Association from 2008 – 2010.


Teni Housty

Professor Robert Fowler was appointed as Adjunct Professor in the Law School, University of South Australia in August 2008; held Chair in Environmental Law at UniSA from 2002 until retirement in 2008; previously was an Associate Professor, Law School, University of Adelaide (and Dean of Law, 1995-1998)

Co-founder of the Australian Centre for Environmental Law (a joint centre of ANU, Sydney and Adelaide Universities) in 1992, and Director of its Adelaide Branch, 1992-1995 and 1999 – 2001

Prior to his retirement in 2008, his position at the University of South Australia (UniSA) involved serving as a Program Leader in the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment & Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE). In this capacity, he was responsible for the development and implementation of research projects related to the legal, policy, social and economic aspects of site contamination.

Professor Robert Fowler

Nigel Hughes is an Attorney-at-law, Guyana and is a Partner in the law firm Hughes Fields & Stoby and the Chairman of H F S Corporate Services Inc.

Mr. Hughes was then called to the Bar in London as a member of the Inner Temple in November 1997.

Mr. Hughes has been involved in several significant developments in the field of advocacy and legal practice in Guyana. He has developed considerable expertise in the areas of banking, commercial law, insurance, intellectual property, telecommunications Law, Public Utilities, mining, oil and gas, international finance, project finance and mergers and acquisitions.

He  is a member of the International Bar Association, International Trade Mark Association, State Capital Global Law firm Group and the World Services Group, a member of the Board of Governors of St Stanislaus College in Georgetown, Guyana and the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity Guyana Inc.

Nigel Hughes

Damien Ase is the founder and Executive Director the Centre for Environmental Law and Community Rights (CELCOR) and also serves as Senior Lawyer in charge of Policy Research and Development. Damien hails from a proposed conservation area called Managalas Plataeu, located in Oro Province in Papua New Guinea.

He formed CELCOR after recognizing the need for greater community awareness of indigenous peoples’ land rights and their participation in decision-making and planning. He was previously employed as a state lawyer. Damien has been collaborating with the E-LAW network since 2001.


Damien Ase

Jo Wilding appears in the Administrative Court and Court of Appeal as well as the first-tier and upper tribunals of the Asylum and Immigration Chamber with experience in asylum, deportation, domestic violence, bail, EEA and general immigration matters. She is a member of the emergency judicial review team and also maintains a busy paperwork practice.

She advises and represents in unlawful detention cases – including both interim relief applications and claims for damages – particularly those with a mental health element, and has also delivered training on this area.

She is developing a practice in trafficking cases. Recent successes include securing asylum for a Vietnamese victim of child trafficking for cannabis cultivation and for two young women from the DRC who had not been referred to the NRM because they arrived before it began operating. Ongoing cases include a young Afghan with learning difficulties subjected to internal trafficking for forced labour whilst in the UK.

Jo Wilding

David Black qualified as a Solicitor in 1990 and has been a partner at Bower & Bailey for over 17 years.

He is included in the Law Society’s panel of accredited and specialist Solicitor for both Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence work.  He is also the only Solicitor contributor for one of the main publications and text books on Clinical Negligence.



David Black

Leslie Kwagia is a Lawyer from the Solomon Islands.


Leslie Kwaiga

Gino Peter Persaud is an Attorney-at-Law in Guyana, South America.


Gino Peter Persaud

Glenn Osboldstone is a Lawyer from Australia.

He is currently a member of the Moreland Branch of the Victorian Greens, as well as sitting on the State Council (Victorian Greens primary decision-making body).

Glenn holds an Honours Degree in Law from Monash University and an Honours Degree in Science from Melbourne University. Glenn commenced his legal career with Slater and Gordon in 1996 before moving into the community sector with the Consumer Law Centre. After some years there he joined the Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel as a drafter and in 2004 moved to Worksafe Victoria where he is currently Principal Legislation Officer.

 Glenn is also a Director of the Legal Services Bulletin Collective which publishes the Alternative Law Journal quarterly.

Glenn Osboldstone

Fiona Lubett is a Solicitor from Australia. Her major areas of practise include Administrative, Commercial, Constitutional and Criminal law.

Fiona Lubett

Yosef Brittien is a Lawyer from Vanuatu.


Yosef Brittien

Jonathan Wilkinson is a Barrister from the United Kingdom.


Jonathan Wilkinson

Maria Cruz is a Lawyer from Puerto Rico, USA.

Maria Cruz

Raymond Kuai is a Lawyer from Papua New Guinea.

Raymond Kuai

Harold Viyogo is a Lawyer at Niugini Legal Practice, Papua New Guinea.


Harold Viyogo

Paul Othas is a Lawyer at Paul Paraka Lawyers, Papua New Guinea.

Paul J. Othas

Peti Lafama is a Lawyer from Papua New Guinea.

Peti Lafama

Can Okuk is a Lawyer from Papua New Guinea.

Can Okuk

Nina Atopare is a Lawyer from Papua New Guinea.

Nina Atopare

Rebecca Kwayaila is a Lawyer from Papua New Guinea.

Rebecca Kwayaila

Jack Nalawakua is a Lawyer from Papua New Guinea.

Jack Nalawakua

Ester Eaegaming is a Lawyer from Papua New Guinea.

Ester Eaegaming

Michael Kume is a Lawyer from Papua New Guinea.

Michael Kume

Benias Epe Peri is a Principal Lawyer from Papua New Guinea. He is a member of the Melanesian Alliance Party.

Benias Epe Peri