Senior Director – International Law and Policy
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Widney Brown is the Senior Director of International Law and Policy leading on development of human rights policies and analysis for Amnesty International. She is responsible for Amnesty International's strategic litigation program and negotiations on international standards. Widney is responsible for advocacy in the UN and regional human rights bodies. She is also responsible for overseeing Amnesty International's work on global thematic issues which includes the business and human rights, refugee and migrant rights and abolition of the death penalty. Widney oversees the organization's work on all forms of discrimination. She is a key spokesperson on Women’s Rights.
Widney has extensive experience documenting human rights violations across the world and has contributed written work to numerous publications. Prior to joining Amnesty International, Widney worked for nine years at Human Rights Watch. She was a lecturer at the Yale University School of Epidemiology and Public Health where she taught a course in Health and Human Rights. She is a graduate of the New York University School of Law where she was a Root Tilden Scholar.