ASIA JUSTICE COALITION SECRETARIAT TEAM

The Asia Justice Coalition secretariat serves as the fulcrum for the coalition - it serves to coordinate among members on aspects of the coalition’s mandate, to build capacity on international justice and accountability, and to provide strategy and policy guidance for the coordinated work of the coalition.   

Head, Asia Justice Coalition Secretariat

Priya Pillai is an international lawyer with expertise in international justice, transitional justice, human rights, and humanitarian issues. With twenty years of legal experience, Priya has worked in international organizations such as the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) headquarters in Geneva, and with various national institutions. She is a contributing editor of the international law blog OpinioJuris.

Priya holds a PhD in international law and transitional justice from the Graduate Institute, Geneva; an LL.M from New York University; and a B.A.,LL.B. (Hons.) degree from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

Program Assistant

Nikka Cabanos brings with her ten years of experience as a Business Management Executive focusing on relationship building, project management and administrative support. She had worked in a financial services company, Macquarie Group, from a Group Assistant level to becoming a Business Management Lead (people manager). Nikka stretched roles helped hone her stakeholder management skills as well as her communications skills with the ability to liaise at all levels. 

Fellow: Research and Policy

Jennifer Keene-McCann possesses substantial policy and legal research experience in the context of international justice, human rights, and international humanitarian law. She has served as lead researcher and author for report related to lessons learned in civilian casualty tracking in NATO operations in Afghanistan, and on conflict-affected local civil society’s interactions with international criminal justice mechanisms. Jennifer also led domestic research in Australia comparing the rights and conditions for immigration detainees to prisoners in the Australian State of Victoria. Jennifer is admitted to legal practice in the Supreme Court of the State of Victoria and the High Court of Australia and practises pro bono. Jennifer has a JD from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School, Tufts University.

Fellow: Research and Policy

Jennifer Keene-McCann possesses substantial policy and legal research experience in the context of international justice, human rights, and international humanitarian law. She has served as lead researcher and author for report related to lessons learned in civilian casualty tracking in NATO operations in Afghanistan, and on conflict-affected local civil society’s interactions with international criminal justice mechanisms. Jennifer also led domestic research in Australia comparing the rights and conditions for immigration detainees to prisoners in the Australian State of Victoria. Jennifer is admitted to legal practice in the Supreme Court of the State of Victoria and the High Court of Australia and practises pro bono. Jennifer has a JD from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School, Tufts University.

Fellow: Advocacy, Campaigns and Communications

Ruwadzano Patience Makumbe is a Zimbabwean human rights lawyer and a current Hillary Rodham Clinton Global Challenges Scholar. Prior to that, she was the Strategic Impact Litigation Specialist for the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum and Senior Legal Researcher in the Supreme Court and Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe. Ruwadzano has also provided research support to the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN)'s Yemen Project, examining the role of technology in accountability and prosecutions of international law violations. Ruwadzano holds a Bachelor of Law Honours degree (LLBs) and the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree in Human Rights Policy and Practice.

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