International Conference on Prevention of Genocides

31 MARCH - 01 APRIL 2014



Mona Rishmawi

Chief of Rule of Law, Equality and Non Discrimination Branch

Mona Rishmawi is the Chief of the Rule of Law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch in the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). She has been working for the United Nations since November 2000. Until June 2009, she served as the OHCHR Legal Advisor and the Coordinator of the Rule of Law and Democracy Unit.

She was the Executive Director of the UN International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur which was established by the UN Security Council resolution 1564 of 18 September 2004. This inquiry led in March 2005 to the first referral of a situation by the UN Security Council to the International Criminal Court.

Between 2000 and 2004, she was the Senior Policy Adviser to two UN High Commissioners for Human Rights: Mary Robinson and Sérgio Vieira de Mello. In 2003, she served with Sérgio Vieira de Mello in Iraq in his capacity as the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General.

From 1996 to 2000, she was the UN Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in Somalia.

From 1991 to 2000, she was the Director of the Centre for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) (Geneva, Switzerland). She was also the ICJ Legal Officer for the Middle East and North Africa. In addition to organizing support for the independence of the judiciary and role of the legal profession, she developed a programme to enhance the Arab human rights movement and participated in the drafting of the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court.

From 1981 to 1991, she practiced law in the West Bank, the Occupied Palestinian Territory. She was also the Executive Director of al-Haq, the leading human rights organization in the West Bank.  She has a Masters of Law (LL.M.) from Columbia Law School (New York, USA), and LL.B. from Aim Sham University (Cairo, Egypt).



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