Jane Gordon BA (Oxon), LLM (Distinction), is an independent human rights barrister with 18 years’ experience working in human rights law, policy and practice. Jane has advised statutory and public agencies across the UK and Ireland, including national human rights institutions, parliamentary select committees, national policing bodies and police forces.
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. 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 is an accredited gender and sexual violence expert and in 2013/2014 served as gender advisor/ SGBV investigator with the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria.
Jane is Co-founder and Legal Director of Sisters For Change, an international non-profit organisation that seeks to make justice work for marginalised women and combat violence against women and girls through legal empowerment and social accountability strategies. Sisters For Change is currently active in India, Indonesia and the UK.
Jane has been a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics since 2008. She convenes and delivers LSE’s acclaimed practitioner course on Women’s Human Rights and teaches on LSE’s short courses on Law, War and Human Rights and International Human Rights Law and Practice.