Our people

Executive Team: Co-Founders

Alison Gordon MA (Oxon) MA (Stanford) MBA OBE served for 10 years in the British Foreign Office, working in the Middle East, South America and South Asia. She was awarded a Queen’s honour (OBE) for her work in Iraq in 2006-07. Before the FCO, she worked in a range of operational roles in technology and media, including Strategy Analyst at Guardian Online, Online Producer at the BBC, Head of Research at Aztec Internet Consulting and Operations Director at Syzygy Digital Agency. She has spent the last 2 years in Asia and the US, completing an MBA at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology and Columbia University. She was awarded the HKUST Outstanding Leadership Award in 2013 after designing and launching a post-graduate course Social Entrepreneurship & Venture Philanthropy.

Jane Gordon MA (Oxon) LLM is an independent human rights barrister. She has over 15 years’ experience working in human rights law, policy and practice at the domestic, regional and international levels. Jane has designed and implemented national human rights monitoring frameworks for policing in the UK and advised on human rights accountability mechanisms in India, Iraq, Jordan, Malawi and Turkey. An accredited gender and sexual violence expert, Jane served as gender advisor/sexual and gender based violence investigator with the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria in 2013/2014. She is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the London School of Economics and convenes LSE’s acclaimed practitioner’s course Understanding Women’s Human Rights.

Founding Board of Trustees

Christine Chinkin is Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics and a barrister, a member of Matrix Chambers. Together with H. Charlesworth, she won the American Society of International Law, 2005 Goler T. Butcher Medal ‘for outstanding contributions to the development or effective realization of international human rights law’. She is an Overseas Affiliated Faculty Member, University of Michigan and has been a Scholar in Residence for Amnesty International (2005), as well as Visiting Professor at Columbia University (2004) and at the Arts and Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University (2003).

Christine is a on the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law and of the Advisory Board of the European Journal of International Law. She has been a consultant on Public International Law to the Asian Development Bank and a member of its External Forum on Gender, and on human trafficking to the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights. She advises a number of non-governmental organisations on gender and human rights issues.

Chaloka Beyani is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons. Born in Zambia, Chaloka is a recognized international and United Nations expert on internally displaced persons, population transfers, sexual and reproductive health, the human rights based approach to development and climate change. He has served as a legal adviser and expert to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Office of the High Commissioner on Refugees, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Population Fund, United Nations Development Fund for Women, the European Union, the Commonwealth Secretariat and was a member of the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons of the African Union on the Formation of an African Union Government. He is currently a member of the UK Foreign Secretary’s Advisory Group on Human Rights.

An Associate Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics, Chaloka also serves as the Chair of the Advisory Board to the LSE Centre for the Study of Human Rights and was formerly a Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford, with lectureships in Law at Exeter and St. Catherine’s Colleges and a Crown Prince of Jordan Fellow at Queen Elizabeth House. Chaloka studied law at the University of Oxford (D.Phil) and at the University of Zambia (UNZA)(LLB, LLM). He is Visiting Professor of International Law at the University of Toronto

Monica McWilliams is Chair in Women’s Studies at the School of Politics, Criminology and Social Policy in the University of Ulster and has written and published extensively on the impact of political conflict and domestic violence on women in Northern Ireland. She was the former Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (2005-11) and a founding member of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition political party which won an elected seat in the multi-party peace negotiations that delivered the 1998 Belfast (Good Friday) Peace Agreement.

Monica served as a member of the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly from 1998-2003 and the Northern Ireland Forum for Dialogue and Understanding from 1996-1998. She was the Distinguished Lecturer at the 2010 Women PeaceMakers Conference at the University of San Diego’s Institute for Peace and Justice. She is the recipient of two honorary doctorates and a special Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. She is a graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.