The Network Guidance Committee is composed of accomplished legal empowerment practitioners from around the world. The Committee advises Namati on the form, direction, activities, and priorities of the Global Legal Empowerment Network. The members of the Network Guidance Committee are:
A barrister by training, Maja Daruwala is the executive director of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) which is based in New Delhi with offices in London, UK and Accra, Ghana. CHRI promotes the practical realization of human rights in the Commonwealth’s 53 countries and focuses particularly on issues relating to accountability, transparency, and participation. Its present areas of specialization are access to justice and access to information. CHRI promotes police and prison reform and seeks to ensure citizens are guaranteed the right to access government-held information.
Angote Nyausi Gertrude is a lawyer, currently Executive Director at Kituo cha Sheria (Legal Advice Center), the oldest legal aid providing Non-Governmental Organization in Kenya. Its mission is to empower the poor and marginalized people towards access to justice. She is a social transformation advocate and has been in the forefront in litigating, agitating and advocating towards the vision of access to justice for all. Angote is currently a Council Member of the Law Society of Kenya, and an LLM Student at the University of Nairobi. She is a trained trial advocacy teacher from the University of Washington, and engages as faculty member in trainings held at the Kenya School of Law.
Professor Stephen Golub is an international development scholar and consultant with more than 25 years of experience in 40 countries spanning the globe. Prof. Golub has consulted and conducted research for numerous leading multilateral and bilateral agencies, foundations, policy institutes, universities and nongovernmental organisations. Prof. Golub is a Harvard Law School graduate whose academic background includes teaching courses on international development at Berkeley Law School and Central European University and on refugee policy at Tufts University.
Professor David McQuoid-Mason established the first law clinic at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 1973, and the first Street Law programme in South Africa in 1986. He has conducted clinical legal education training programmes for law teachers and clinicians in South Africa, West Africa and East Africa. David has taught in continuing legal education courses for the legal profession across Africa. He has been a member of the International Bar Association’s continuing legal education panel for developing countries and has taught negotiation and mediation skills to law teachers, legal practitioners and paralegals in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and South America. He is an advocate of the High Court of South Africa and has authored and co-authored 21 books.
Manolo Morales is executive director of ECOLEX, an environmental law organization based in Quito, Ecuador. Manolo has expertise in the empowerment of indigenous and other marginalized communities so they may participate the in legal processes that affect their future. He has also pioneered a movement to train community paralegals within Ecuador.
Clifford Msiska, who received his legal training in Europe, is national director of the Paralegal Advisory Service in Malawi. The Paralegal Advisory Service (PASI) started in Malawi in May 2000 as an initiative of Penal Reform International (PRI), which sought to link local NGOs with the Ministry of Justice and Malawi’s Prison Service. In a country where lawyers are few, PASI’s national presence helps ensure that detainees have some interaction with a legal professional.
Dr Pereira joined BRAC in September 2007 as the director of the Human Rights and Legal Aid Services programme. She is a lawyer, a human rights activist and an author. She obtained her doctorate in International Human Rights Law in 1998 from the University of Notre Dame, USA, and completed her post-doctorate in 2002 from the National University of Ireland, Galway, as a Bank of Ireland Fellow. Prior to joining BRAC, Dr Pereira served as the director of Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK). Dr Pereira, an internationally established writer has authored the book “The Fractured Scales: The Search for a Uniform Personal Code”, which was awarded a Gold Medal by the Asiatic Society. In 2006, she was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Civil Association for Equality and Justice, Argentina
Sebastián is Co-Director of ACIJ (Civil Association for Equality and Justice), a civil society organization that works to reverse inequality, defend the rights of disadvantaged populations and promote a better quality of democracy in Argentine. He is a lawyer, graduated from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). He has postgraduate studies on Administrative Law at the University of Palermo. He holds a Diploma in Transparency, Accountability, and Anticorruption from the Human Rights Center of the University of Chile. He has been working for more than 10 years on public interest law around constitutional issues and economic, social, cultural and environmental rights. He was a parliamentary advisor, university professor and he litigated numerous constitutional cases in Argentina. In ACIJ, he works on issues related to access to justice, community legal action, right to the city and right to housing.
Indonesian Legal Resource Center, Indonesia
Uli Parulian Sihombing is founder of the Indonesian Legal Resource Center. The ILRC was established to promote the advancement of human rights and social justice within university legal education programs. The ILRC works to reform Indonesian legal education to include a social justice perspective and bridges the gap between universities and civil society organisations working in social justice.
Zhang Wanhong earned his Ph.D. in Law from Wuhan University School of Law, Wuhan, where he now holds the position of Associate Professor of Jurisprudence. He has mainly been working on legal issues related to human rights, public interest and civil society. The courses he offers include Jurisprudence, Comparative Law, Human Rights Law, Legal Empowerment Clinic, and others. He is the author and translator of a number of books, and has published articles in both international and Chinese publications. As the Director of Wuhan University Public Interest and Development Law Institute, Professor Zhang founded the Access to Justice in Rural China project. This project aims to provide citizens with access to relevant, effective, affordable, and independent legal advice and services all rural counties of Hubei province.
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