Ms. Cynthia Morel is a trilingual graduate of the University of Essex, where she completed her Master of Laws studies in human rights. She has extensive knowledge of international organization, having worked with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and conducted research at UNESCO Headquarters.
She began her career at the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in 2000. She later established Minority Rights Group Internationalís strategic litigation programme in 2002. She spearheaded the development of landmark cases such as Finci v Bosnia and Herzegovina before the European Court of Human Rightís Grand Chamber, and the Endorois case before the African Commission. She also produced third-party interventions and legal advice in support of cases before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, UN Treaty Bodies and UK Courts. In November 2008, she joined the Open Society Justice Initiativeís Equality and Citizenship programme, where she litigated against ethnic profiling and statelessness.
In 2011, she moved to Singapore, focusing on the impacts of large-scale land acquisitions across the region, along with wider briefs relating to corporate responsibility. In her capacity as special advisor to the Asian Business and Rule of Law Initiative at the Singapore Management University, she recently co-edited Business and Human Rights in Southeast Asia: Risk and the Regulatory Turn (Routledge: 2014). She is also an ongoing contributor to the work of a UN mandated coalition relating to the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles in National Action Plans across the Global South.
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