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MSc Human Rights Alumni Profiles

Our students come from varied backgrounds and have diverse interests. As graduates, they pursue a wide variety of career paths. Here are just a few:

Ariane AdamAriane Adam, MSc Human Rights, 2009
Barrister, 1 Mitre Court Buildings

Ariane graduated with a degree in Philosophy from University College London in 2007. She then read for the MSc in Human Rights at LSE, then a Graduate Diploma in Law and her Bar Professional Training Course at BPP Law School.

Ariane has volunteered for the Individuals at Risk Programme at Amnesty International, Scope, the AIRE Centre, and the Free Representation Unit. She joined Reprieve as an intern on the death penalty team in June 2011 to develop her interest in human rights and criminal law. Following her internship, Ariane was offered an assistant position in the team working for Reprieve’s EC Project, which at the time worked to identify and support European nationals facing the death penalty in the US. Ariane has also undertaken consultancy work for Global Partners advising the Brazilian government on the implementation of the 2011 access to information law. She has interned in a small New York firm undertaking personal injury and general civil work.

In October 2012 Ariane commenced pupillage at 1 Mitre Court Buildings. She joined Chambers as a member following successful completion of her pupillage. Ariane practices in the areas of employment and discrimination, housing, public law, criminal defence and prison law, and international human rights.

Vanaka Chhem-KiethVanaka Chhem-Kieth, MSc Human Rights, 2011
Project Manager, Future Foundations

Vanaka completed a BA in History and Political Science at McGill University (2009), prior to reading Human Rights at the LSE. His Master dissertation looked at the collective memory process in post-conflict Cambodia and the consequences on “Remembering the Present” and the contemporary issues the country is faced with.

He currently works for Future Foundations, a London-based organisation that designs leadership and academic programmes for young people. He manages UK and international programmes helping 16-17 years old develop confidence and skills to understand local issues and design projects to make a positive impact in their communities.

Vanaka previously worked as a community-based researcher for a large oral history project at Concordia University (Canada), working with victims of war and genocide. As part of this five-year project, he designed and managed award-winning student-led initiatives in education, working with local schools. After completing his MSc in 2011, Vanaka interned and worked for the Canadian High Commission in London, the Haller Foundation, and Global Witness.

The MSc in Human Rights helped provide him with the critical thinking and language framework to integrate issues he has at heart within the non-traditional education sector.

Azmina DhrodiaAzmina Dhrodia, MSc Human Rights, 2010
Campaign, Projects and Network Coordinator in the Gender, Sexuality and Identity Programme (GSIP) at the Amnesty International Secretariat

Azmina is the Campaign, Projects and Network Coordinator in the Gender, Sexuality and Identity Programme (GSIP) at the Amnesty International Secretariat. Her work ranges from planning and coordinating global campaigns on women's human rights, LGBTI rights and Indigenous Peoples rights, to working on internal gender mainstreaming and capacity building, as well as coordinating Amnesty's International Women's Human Rights Network. 

Azmina was previously the Programme Assistant in the GSIP and was also a part time Research Assistant on a joint project between the Institute of Development Studies and UN World Food Programme on gender mainstreaming. She also worked as a part-time Research Consultant for Waste Watch UK where she researched informal recycling practices and waste management in India. Prior to joining Amnesty International, Azmina was the Research and Communications Intern at the UK Gender and Development Network and also interned with a local human rights organization in India called the Human Rights and Law Defenders in 2009. 

Allison KahnAllison Kahn, MSc Human Rights, 2006
Programme Director, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Mentoring Women in Business Programme

A BA in International Studies and Political Science sparked Allison’s interest in human rights and international development. She interned with the Centre for Victims of Torture, the Advocates for Human Rights, and Montana Legal Services Association, which helped her gain valuable experience and solidified her interest in pursuing a career in this field. She joined the MSc Human Rights programme at LSE to continue to build her knowledge on the idea, history and practice of human rights. She was especially drawn to the trans-disciplinary nature of the programme and the wide range of modules offered. Allison’s studies focused on post-conflict reconciliation and the interplay between justice and sustainable peace, for which she received a distinction on her dissertation. She also built her skills through an internship at Amnesty International’s International Secretariat while in London.

After finishing at LSE, Allison joined the International Center for Transitional Justice in New York, an organisation that works with countries around the world to facilitate transitions to peace and democracy following periods of mass atrocity or human rights abuse, to challenge the root causes of these problems, and to nurture the conditions that are necessary for democracy, peace, entrepreneurship, and the rule of law to thrive. Allison became engaged in research on the role of entrepreneurship and business in building peace and worked on the conceptualization and launch of a social enterprise in that realm. 

This passion for entrepreneurship led Allison to the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. She has helped to build their pioneering Mentoring Women in Business Programme, which combines mentoring with technology to offer personalised support to women entrepreneurs in developing and emerging markets.

alumniVurhalErhan Vural, MSc Human Rights, 2013
Protection Assistant, UNHCR

Erhan has his undergraduate degree in International Relations and a double major degree in Sociology from Middle East Technical University in 2012. His interest in human rights started when he volunteered for AEGEE as the coordinator of Human Rights Working Group in Turkey.  He also participated in many youth projects in the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Romania.

In 2013, Erhan received his MSc Human Rights degree from LSE, where he studied as a Jean Monnet Scholarship holder from the European Commission. At LSE, he focused on International Human Rights Law and wrote his thesis on margins of appreciation in the jurisprudence of European Court of Human Rights. After finishing his degree at LSE, he started working as a Protection Assistant for UNHCR Turkey in the Syria Operation. His interest in refugee issues started back in the UK, when he was a student at LSE. Erhan worked for a school in London as a Student Ambassador for refugee children from Turkey. After his degree in human rights, Erhan wanted to deepen his rights-based approach at field level especially in refugee studies. As part of the field team and working with camp/non-camp refugees, his theoretical background in human rights helped him develop a comprehensive approach in practical human rights.

Amy WilliamsAmy Williams, MSc Human Rights, 2012
Parliamentary Assistant, Paul Blomfield MP, Member of Parliament for Sheffield Central

Following her undergraduate degree in Law and French, Amy undertook a traineeship at the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights in Vienna (FRA) working in the Communications Department on speech writing, press work and public awareness raising. She stayed on at the FRA for another year as a communications assistant working in particular on the rights of people with intellectual disabilities and/or mental health problems, before moving back to the UK to work in a small housing charity in the Midlands. Amy worked on the international programme there, organising study visits to examples of good practice in housing, in particular rights-based/participatory programmes, and conducted comparative research.

Amy embarked on the MSc Human Rights at LSE to improve her research skills and to take the time to reflect on the human rights language she had already been using in her working life. Amy interned with the Human Rights Futures Project at LSE, which explores and analyses the future direction of human rights discourse in the UK  - in particular the Human Rights Act - and elsewhere. She then worked as a research assistant on the project for a year. She is now a parliamentary assistant to a Member of the UK Parliament working on issues from high cost credit and personal debt problems to immigration. The Masters gave Amy the confidence to follow a path which, whilst not necessarily labelled as ‘human rights’, allows her to engage with the issues she believes to be important for making a difference.

Nick WilliamsNick Williams, MSc Human Rights, 2008
Legal Counsel, Amnesty International

Nick received an MSc Human Rights from LSE (2008), a post-graduate degree in Law from Nottingham Law School, and a BA (joint hons) in Russian and German from the University of Leeds (2001). He is a qualified solicitor, and currently Amnesty International's Legal Counsel, based in London. His role as Amnesty's in-house lawyer covers Amnesty's operational legal areas. Recent work on the human rights side includes assisting with the publication of a report on migrant rights in Qatar and submitting on complaint to the UK government that Amnesty has been surveilled by the UK intelligence agencies. He previously worked as a legal advisor for Save the Children, and as an associate in Hogan Lovells litigation team, an international law firm. Nick has previous volunteer work at the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre, Global Witness and OHCHR.