Susie Alegre is an international human rights barrister and consultant with extensive experience working in international development and human rights policy and practice. She takes a strategic approach to law and policy development with a focus on the effective translation of international law frameworks into practice. She has worked with accountability and oversight mechanisms including ombudsman schemes, NHRIs and the judiciary in different jurisdictions and is currently appointed as Interception of Communications Commissioner for the Isle of Man.
Susie has particular expertise in European law and has provided expert opinions to the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the European Commission on human rights law and criminal justice. In the international development context, she worked for the European Union in Uganda, briefing donors and advising on anti-corruption programmes and international frameworks including the UN Convention against Corruption. She has provided legal analysis of EU developments for Amnesty International and JUSTICE. Since the EU referendum in the UK, she has submitted expert evidence to Parliamentary Inquiries on Brexit relating to human rights, environmental rights and the implications for the Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories.
As an internationally acknowledged specialist on the relationship between international human rights law, counter terrorism and security, she has provided advice, briefings and technical assistance to international organisations and states on these issues with a particular focus on the extra-territorial application of human rights law and surveillance. She was Anti-Terrorism Adviser for the Human Rights Department of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and worked as a consultant drafting guidance for the UNODC on the public international law framework of counter-terrorism and for the OHCHR on human rights and terrorist listing mechanisms. In addition to her inter-governmental work, Susie has worked as a consultant for a wide range of NGO’s on these issues including the Euromed Human Rights Network, Freedom House and Human Rights Watch.
An experienced trainer, Susie has designed and delivered international training programmes on a range of topics including human rights and counter-terrorism, international co-operation in criminal matters, police accountability, differences between civil and common law jurisdictions, the Istanbul Protocol, the Bangalore Principles and equality and access to services among others. She has trained prosecutors and judges, security services personnel, human rights defenders, police and police oversight bodies and National Human Rights Institutions. She has experience working in various regions, including the European Union and the OSCE region, East Africa, Mexico and MENA.
Susie has a particular interest in the legal and human rights perspectives of small jurisdictions and is the Founder and Director of the Island Rights Initiative, a think-tank and consultancy dedicated to helping small island communities facing global human rights challenges.