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Susie Alegre is a specialist in international human rights law and public international law with over twenty years experience working on human rights and the rule of law in the EU, OSCE, Council of Europe and UN Systems.  In the UK she has worked as an ombudsman at the Financial Ombudsman Service deciding cases on discrimination and vulnerable consumers that have provoked changes in the financial services industry. And internationally, her roles have included working as the Attache on Accountability and Governance for the EU in Uganda coordinating donor responses to corruption in the country and Anti-Terrorism Adviser to the OSCE ODIHR.  She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Trinity College Dublin and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Roehampton.  She primarily works on consultancy and advisory work but is also licensed to practise in England and Wales and would welcome opportunities to work with colleagues on potential cases, training, events and advisory work in her areas of expertise.  More information is available on www.susiealegre.com.

Her recent work has been focused on the following areas:

  • Digital Rights, in particular the impact of technology and AI on the rights to freedom of thought and opinion.  This has included advisory work for Avaaz on freedom of thought and on disinformation campaigns in the European Parliamentary elections, pre-litigation research (ongoing) thanks to a grant from the Digital Freedom Fund, and working on a book on the topic.

  • Children’s rights in the digital world – currently developing a global standard template for child online protection with 5Rights

  • Human rights in small island contexts – she founded the Island Rights Initiative – www.islandrights.org and has done research work on UK responsibilities for human rights in Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories, and represented the St Helena Equality and Human Rights Commission as an intervener in the Privy Council with Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC and Fiona Murphy.  She is currently Interception of Communications Commissioner for the Isle of Man.

  • Human rights at borders, including advisory work for the European Parliament on the European ETIAS scheme and drafting a handbook for the UN Office on Counter Terrorism on human rights at borders in the context of counter-terrorism

  • Citizenship, including advisory work on EU citizenship post Brexit and research on EU law around citizenship for sale.  She has also worked with Geoffrey Robertson QC on a case involving expulsion and removal of citizenship.

Accountability and Oversight

Susie is currently Interception of Communications Commissioner for the Isle of Man. Her annual  reports include recommendations and guidance on legislative and practical reforms for human rights compliance and effective oversight.  In the UK, she advised the Equality and Human Rights Commission on human rights law and was also an ombudsman for the Financial Ombudsman Service where she advised on the development of policy and structures to ensure the effective application of the Equality Act in casework as well as providing training on judicial independence.

In the international development context, Susie advised the EU on accountability and combating corruption in Uganda from 2010-2013. She provided leadership advising the international donor community on responses to corruption Co-Chairing the Donor Accountability Working Group.  She has also worked with civil society and human rights defenders on engagement with domestic and international bodies for accountability in human rights and represented Amnesty International through its EU Office over the development of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency.

International Organisations

Susie has worked for several different international organisations including the EU, OSCE, Council of Europe and the UN in a variety of capacities. She has also engaged with international organisations on behalf of NGO’s and advised as an expert.  She has a good understanding of legal policy development, advocacy and institutional frameworks in a multilateral context and is available to provide technical and strategic advice on engagement with international organisations.

Brexit

Susie has been actively engaged in the legal policy debates on Brexit since the referendum.  She is particularly interested in the implications of leaving the EU for human rights and the environment in the UK and its Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories and has been invited to give evidence on these issues to several Parliamentary Inquiries.

Surveillance, Technology and Human Rights

Susie’s role as Interception of Communications Commissioner in the Isle of Man has given her practical insights into the international human rights framework around surveillance and she has been following developments in the UK closely with a particular focus on extra-territorial aspects of the law.  She is currently engaged in research on freedom of thought, data protection and social media and is advising the on the fundamental rights implications of a proposal for a European Travel Information and Authorisation Scheme.

Counter-Terrorism

Susie was Anti-Terrorism Adviser for the OSCE ODIHR and has worked for many years on the development of counter-terrorism law and policy and its impact on human rights. Her work has included a report on the range of EU counter-terrorism measures for Amnesty International, research into the impact of counter-terrorism on freedom of association in the Euromed Region for the Euromed Human Rights Network and technical guidance for states on human rights compliant legislation on counter-terrorism for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Rule of Law and International Development

Susie has worked extensively on the rule of law in an international context. Examples of her work include a needs assessment of the justice sector in Rwanda, projects involving accountability and the police in Uganda and research on the rule of law in the European Union and its implications for international cooperation in criminal law. As well as her research and advisory work, Susie has regularly trained judges, lawyers and others on human rights and the rule of law in an international context.

Publications and Seminars

Susie has published widely including scholarly articles on international human rights and public international law. She has also drafted technical guides such as the UNODC guide to the international legal framework and counter-terrorism as well as policy analysis and reports on human rights in regions including Europe and Central Asia, MENA and East Africa. Examples include:

She regularly blogs on developments in international and domestic human rights and public law.

An experienced trainer, she delivers and designs professional training and lectures all over the world. Examples include:

  • Drafting a judicial training handbook on the Rights of the Child in Nigeria

  • Design and delivery of training for ombudsmen on the Equality Act 2010 and access to services in the UK

  • Design and delivery of training on human rights and police accountability in the UK

  • Design and delivery of training for a national human rights institution on the Istanbul Protocol and accountability for torture in Egypt

  • Delivery of training for human rights defenders working in the field of counter-terrorism in Central Asia

  • Delivery of training for military judges and prosecutors in Turkey on counter-terrorism and human rights

  • Delivery of training on international human rights in practice for officials from the UK, Georgia and Austria

  • Lecture on Human Rights in the 21st Century at the International University of Andalucia summer school

  • Talk on Human Rights, International Finance and Small States for the Queen Mary University London Centre for Small States Seminar on Small State International Financial Centres

  • Talk on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at DSC and QMUL Centre for Small States Seminar on Brexit – Implications for Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories

Susie is always happy to discuss delivering bespoke in-house training.