About Us

Our Team

Rawan Arraf – Principal Lawyer & Executive Director

Rawan has ten years of legal experience in refugee protection, administrative law and international human rights law.  Rawan most recently worked as a refugee lawyer at community legal centre, Refugee Advice & Casework Service providing a wide range of protection advice to people seeking asylum in Australia. She is actively engaged with lawyers and organisations working in universal jurisdiction litigation abroad and in 2018 trained with the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), Berlin, working closely with the International Crimes and Accountability team on universal jurisdiction matters.

Rawan is an arts and law graduate of the University of Sydney and has completed specialist human rights and international law courses at the European University Institute in Florence. Rawan is completing a Master of Laws from the University of New South Wales. She is a fellow of the Centre for Australian Progress.

Fiona Nelson – Senior Legal Advisor

Prior to moving to Australia Fiona worked at the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, a Berlin-based NGO that uses strategic litigation to challenge human rights abuses. Her focus was on accountability for torture and war crimes committed in the context of counterterrorism operations and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She worked on legal actions concerning states’ complicity in unlawful drone strikes in Yemen and torture in Guantanamo and CIA blacksites as well as the abuse of detainees during the Iraq War. She has also worked as a researcher in international law at the University of Potsdam. She studied Law and German at Trinity College Dublin and holds a Master of Laws from Humboldt University Berlin, where she wrote her thesis on the role of UK government lawyers in the lead-up to the Iraq War.

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