Amanda Ghahremani

International criminal lawyer

Country of focus: Canada, Iran, United States

Amanda Ghahremani (@amandaghahreman) is  an international human rights lawyer, a member of the Canadian Partnership for International Justice, and a research associate at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute. Her expertise includes international criminal law, corporate accountability, universal jurisdiction, and transitional justice, for which she was nominated as Canadian Lawyer Magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers three years in a row.

She is a Research Fellow at the Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley School of Law. As a consultant, Amanda is currently leading a project on criminal accountability for Iranian atrocity crimes through universal jurisdiction prosecutions. She is also advising the Iran Prison Atlas project, which is the most comprehensive public database of political prisoners in Iran.

Her recent work includes co-authoring the legal analysis on genocide for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, litigating for corporate accountability as a member of the plaintiffs’ counsel team in the Nevsun case, and successfully leading the international campaign to release Iranian-Canadian political prisoner Professor Homa Hoodfar from arbitrary detention in Iran.

She is the former legal director of the Canadian Centre for International Justice, where she supported survivors of torture and other atrocities to seek legal redress and end impunity for gross human rights violations. In this role, she also worked to strengthen the collaboration between civil society organizations, academics, and national prosecuting authorities on international justice and accountability initiatives.