Jane Gordon BA (Oxon), LLM (Distinction), is an independent human rights barrister with over 15 years’ experience working in human rights law, policy and practice at the domestic, regional and international levels. Jane regularly advises statutory and public agencies across the UK and Ireland, including national human rights institutions, national policing bodies, police forces and parliamentary select committees.
Between 2003 and 2008, Jane was Human Rights Advisor to the Northern Ireland Policing Board where she co-devised the first ever framework for monitoring the human rights compliance of the police. In 2009-2010, she was Human Rights Advisor to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary’s national policing protest review. Jane has advised on human rights accountability mechanisms in India, Iraq, Jordan, Malawi and Turkey. As Senior Lawyer at the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre, Jane brought cases against Russia, Georgia and Ukraine to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of serious human rights violations including extra-judicial killing, disappearances, torture and sexual violence.
Jane has been a Fellow at the London School of Economics since 2008. She previously convened and delivered the LSE Centre for the Study of Human Rights' acclaimed practitioner course on Women’s Human Rights and taught on the Centre's course on International Human Rights Law and Practice. Jane is an accredited gender and sexual violence expert. From October 2013 to April 2014, Jane served as gender advisor / sexual and gender based violence investigator with the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic.
Jane is Co-founder and Director of Sisters For Change, an international non-profit working to generate systemic change in how governments combat violence against women, to provide the world’s most marginalised women access to information and justice and to mobilise communities to speak out to end the social acceptance of violence against women.