the rights practice: partnerships for rights and justice
About The Rights Practice

Since its establishment in 2002, The Rights Practice has worked to advance the respect and protection of human rights in practice. We are dedicated to working in environments where human rights are most at risk. Currently our work is focused on promoting human rights and public participation in China.

We believe local civil society has a valuable role to play in holding governments to account and can help to challenge the indifference and ignorance in which human rights violations take place. The Rights Practice works with local partners in NGOs, universities, research institutes and among lawyers. We are committed to helping partners develop sustainable and locally owned solutions to enhancing the protection of all human rights.

We have a small professional staff based in London, Beijing and New York and a growing network of experts who work with us as consultants or advisors on specific projects.

The Rights Practice is a registered charity (1133616) and a company limited by guarantee (England & Wales) number 04365047. In 2008 we incorporated as a US charity in the State of New York.

Internship Opportunities

The Rights Practice offers London-based internships.

Our Staff
Sophie Cornford
UK Programme Manager [more]
Jennifer Eikren US Programme Manager [more]
Nicola Macbean Director [more]
Rukmal Hewitt Finance Manager [more]
Zhang Rui Finance Officer [more]

Our UK Board
Courtenay Barklem Human Rights Adviser, The Law Society of England and Wales
Rosemary Brown
Communications Manager, The British Asian Trust [more]
Anthony Dicks QC Emeritus Professor of Chinese Law, SOAS [more]
Harriet Evans Professor, Contemporary China Centre, University of Westminster
Dr. Pauline Gleadle
Lecturer, Open University. Qualified Chartered Accountant [more]
Ebony Riddell Community Participation Manager, Southwark Council[more]
Roger Smith OBE Director, Justice [more]

Our US Board
Robbie Barnett Director Modern Tibet Studies Program, Columbia University [more]
Jennifer Eikren Program Manager, The Rights Practice [more]
Julia Freedson Senior Policy Consultant on Children in Armed Conflict [more]
Paul Martin Professor and Director of Human Rights Studies, Barnard College [more]
James Seymour (Chair) Lecturer, CUHK (also Senior Research Scholar, Columbia University) [more]
Jennifer Smith Advocacy Director, The International Legal Foundation [more]

Our Major Supporters

European Commission

Dutch Foreign Ministery


Auswartiges Amt

U.S. Department of State