Alice Edwards

Head | Convention against Torture Initiative

Alice Edwards is an international refugee and human rights lawyer. She is the Head of the Secretariat of the Convention against Torture Initiative,, a global initiative being spearheaded by the Governments of Chile, Denmark, Ghana, Indonesia and Morocco to achieve universal ratification and implementation of the UN Convention against Torture, by 2024. From 2010-2015, she was UNHCR’s Chief of Protection Policy and Legal Advice, Geneva. Her other assignments with UNHCR were in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Rwanda and Morocco. Alice has held academic appointments in law at the universities of Oxford and Nottingham (2006-10), worked for Amnesty International in London, and is widely published and cited. Her publications include Violence against Women under International Human Rights Law (Cambridge University Press, 2011, pb 2013), Nationality and Statelessness under International Law (ed., CUP, 2014, pb 2016) and In Flight from Conflict and Violence: UNHCR’s Consultations on Refugee Status and Other Forms of International Protection (ed., CUP, forthcoming 2016). She is an editor of the Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies, Refugee Law Reader and Migration Studies Journal. LL.B (Hons.), B.A (UTAS), LL.M (Distinction) (Nottingham), PhD (ANU). She is admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in Australia.