Board & Advisors




Iain Byrne is an Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Policy Coordinator for Amnesty International. Previously, he worked for over ten years at INTERIGHTS, leading the organization's work on economic, social and cultural rights. He has been involved in litigation in domestic fora across the Commonwealth and beyond before the European Committee of Social Rights, the European Court of Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Committee. Iain has taught on both the L.L.M. and M.A. Human Rights courses at the University of Essex and has lectured in the UK, Brazil and Costa Rica. He conducted training courses for organizations including the UN, Amnesty International and the British Council in Europe, Latin America, Africa, South Asia and the Pacific.


Vinodh Jaichand is Professor of Human Rights and Director of the International Human Rights Exchange at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Previously, as Deputy Director at the Irish Centre for Human Rights he was the architect of the prestigious L.L.M. in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which was launched in September 2009. Vinodh has participated in training of police, lawyers, prosecutors and judges in China, South Africa, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Ireland, Ethiopia, Nepal and India. In addition to being published in English, Vinodh is published in Chinese, German, Portuguese and Spanish in numerous journals around the world. He also published three books, two major reports and has presented papers in twenty-five countries.


Lucy Williams is a nationally recognized authority on welfare law and low wage labour. She has a long and impressive record as both an academic and a litigator in the areas of unemployment insurance, Social Security and related welfare programs. In recent years, she has expanded her work to address issues of global poverty and the justiciability of social and economic rights. She currently convenes the International Social and Economic Rights Project (iSERP), a group of international academics, judges and activists working to develop critical and transformative thinking about SER and SER-based legal strategies. Lucy is also a co-director of the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy at the Northeastern University School of Law in Boston.


Fred Rooney is a recognized expert in developing innovative approaches to increase access to justice for underserved populations, with more than 20 years of legal experience working with and on behalf of poor and marginalized communities. Fred is the Founding Director of Community Legal Resource Network (CLRN) and Director of Externals Relations at City University of New York School of Law. He has designed and implemented CLRN's Incubator for Justice and serves as the Institutional Coordinator of Continuing Legal Education (CLE), which provides low cost CLE programs to network attorneys. Fred also oversees the Contemplative Lawyering Program and has extensive international experience, including his role as International Liaison and 1st Scholar in Residence to Symbiosis Law School in Pune, India.