Leah Hoctor, Regional Director for Europe


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Leah joined the Center in November 2014 and leads the Center’s Europe Program. In this role she directs the Center’s litigation, advocacy and policy work in Europe, managing both in-country work and European regional engagement.

Before joining the Center, Leah was a Senior Legal Advisor with the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), where she established and led the ICJ’s inaugural Women’s Human Rights Program. In that role, she managed in-country and cross-regional projects in Africa, Asia and Europe on women’s access to justice and women in the judiciary, provided third-party support for litigation and directed ICJ’s legal and policy advocacy on a wide range of women’s human rights issues. Before establishing the ICJ’s Women’s Human Rights Program, Leah served as a Legal Advisor and Program Officer with the ICJ’s International Economic Relations Program, coordinating, researching and drafting Corporate Complicity &amp, Legal Accountability: the Report of the ICJ’s Expert Legal Panel on Corporate Complicity in International Crimes. Prior to that, Leah worked briefly with the Human Rights Unit of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs.

Leah received her law degree from University College Dublin, Ireland and Master’s degree (LL.M.) in international human rights law from the University of Lund, Sweden (Raoul Wallenberg Institute).

Leah is fluent in Irish and French.