Nani Jansen Reventlow is an internationally recognised human rights lawyer and expert in human rights litigation responsible for groundbreaking freedom of expression cases across several national and international jurisdictions. Nani has represented clients before the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, which led to a landmark decision on criminal defamation; litigated a case against Burundi resulting in the first press freedom judgment of the East African Court of Justice; and represented an Azerbaijani investigative journalist at the European Court of Human Rights.
Nani is the former Legal Director of the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI). Between 2011 and 2016, Nani has overseen MLDI’s litigation globally, leading or advising on cases before the European Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the UN Human Rights Committee, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and several African regional forums.
A Dutch-qualified attorney, Nani graduated from the University of Amsterdam and specialised in human rights at Columbia Law School and the European University Institute. She has developed and delivered training sessions on freedom of expression and human rights litigation to dozens of lawyers from several diverse jurisdictions, including India, Russia, Cambodia, Hungary, Botswana and Croatia.
Nani’s scholarly writing on issues in international law, human rights, data protection and international arbitration have been published around the world. She is a member of the project board of the Public Interest Litigation Project and strategic adviser to GQUAL, campaign for gender parity in international representation.
Nani will take up a one-year fellowship at Harvard University in September.