Elham Saudi

Director of Lawyers for Justice in Libya

Country of focus: Libya

Elham Saudi (@Elham_LFJL) is co-founder and Director of Lawyers for Justice in Libya. A feminist, Elham is a lawyer with expertise in human rights, international humanitarian law, transitional justice and the women, peace and security agenda.

Lawyers for Justice in Libya (@LibyanJustice ) is an independent NGO committed to achieving justice, rule of law and respect for human rights in Libya. Through a network of lawyers, activists and grassroots communities across and outside the country, Lawyers for Justice in Libya conducts advocacy and research and seeks accountability for human rights violations, all using a victim-centred approach.

Elham is one of the experts who drafted Libya’s first comprehensive law on the protection of women. She was a member of Libya’s 2020-2022 UN-led political process, the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, and was a judge on the panel presiding over the Aban Tribunal, the International Peoples’ Tribunal on Iran’s Atrocities of November 2019.

Elham has advised a number of Libyan, European and international bodies in relation to the Libyan conflict. She practised commercial law in the past.

Elham holds a degree in Arabic and Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford and an LLM in International Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She is former Visiting Professor at the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice and a former Associate Fellow in the International Law Programme at Chatham House.