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Asia & the Pacific Programme

Kingsley Abbott – Director, Global Accountability & International Justice

Kingsley Abbott joined the ICJ in January 2014. He works under the Legal and Policy Office and is based in the Asia & Pacific Regional Office in Bangkok, Thailand. He worked for the United Nations as a Senior Legal Officer at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia and a Trial Counsel in the Office of the Prosecutor at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in the Hague. He also practiced as a criminal barrister in New Zealand where he worked alongside a leading Queens Counsel, appearing in the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal on numerous matters for both the defence and prosecution including several trials where the charge was murder. He was admitted to the New Zealand Bar in 2002 and holds a conjoint degree in law and philosophy from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Reema Omer – Senior Legal Adviser, South Asia

Reema is a lawyer from Pakistan. She did an LLM specializing in public international law at the University of Cambridge in 2009. She was awarded the Commonwealth Pegasus scholarship in 2010 where she worked in barristers’ chambers in London on human rights cases. Reema joined the ICJ in 2011 as a South Asia consultant and since 2013 has served as ICJ’s International Legal Adviser for Pakistan, based in Lahore. Reema is a member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and writes regularly for national and international publications on issues of human rights, the rule of law and social justice.

Nikunja NepalProgramme Manager, South Asia

Nikunja Nepal is the Program Manager for South Asia for ICJ. Nikunja has over a decade of experience in leading and implementing programs promoting gender equity including access to justice for women. Nikunja brings strong program, partnership and grant management experience from more than a dozen countries in Asia and Africa where she has worked in close collaboration with local organizations in diverse thematic areas such as prevention of gender-based violence, leadership development, resilience building, and promoting economic development through agriculture and forestry. She has a Masters degree in Sociology from the University of Montreal.

Maitreyi GuptaLegal Adviser, India

Maitreyi has been serving as the International Legal Advisor-India at the ICJ since December 2017. Prior to joining the ICJ, among others, she worked at the International Secretariat of the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women in Bangkok, the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York, and the Lawyers Collective in New Delhi. She completed her LLM from the University of Pennsylvania Law School as the University of Pennsylvania Human Rights Scholar, Inlaks Scholar, as well as the PEO International Peace Scholar. She holds a B.A.LLB degree from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, graduating in 2009. She is admitted to the Indian Bar.

Mishika Singh – National Legal Consultant, India

Mishika joined the ICJ in March 2021 as a National Legal Consultant. Prior to joining the ICJ, Mishika has worked in the field of human rights and women’s rights in New Delhi. She founded an informal collective of lawyers – Lawyer for Detainees – in December 2020 amidst nation-wide anti-CAA, NRC and NPR protests. She is the Chairperson and Founder of Neev – Foundation for Legal Aid, a public charitable trust working for equitable access to justice. Currently, she is serving as a Council Member at Uttar Pradesh Anti-Sexual Harassment Council under the aegis of WICCI.
Mishika completed her LLM from the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute in Transnational Crime and Justice. She holds a B.A.LLB degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, graduating in 2014. She is admitted to the Indian Bar.

Ruth Panjaitan – Legal Adviser, Indonesia

Ruth Panjaitan joined International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) in October 2018 as the Legal Adviser, where she managed the legal component of the Access to Justice for Women project in Indonesia. Ruth has worked in the area of human rights law, gender justice, and program management for over 7 years. Prior to ICJ, she was the Program Officer in the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) and in 2014, she was the Access to Justice Officer in the Changes for Justice (C4J)– USAID Project, where she led the advocacy for the revision of the Legal Aid Regulation that was successfully approved by the Supreme Court. She was awarded a scholarship by law school of La Trobe University Australia in 2009 and graduated with cum laude predicate from law school of Universitas Pelita Harapan Indonesia in 2011. Ruth loves to sing and play a classical piano.

Hnin Win Aung – Legal Adviser, Myanmar

Hnin Win Aung obtained an LLB from Dagon University in 2004 and has worked as a civil and criminal Lawyer since 2005. She received her Higher Grade Pleader lawyers license in 2005 and then her Senior Advocate license in 2012. Before joining the ICJ in late 2017, she also worked with civil society and international NGOs including on the promotion of fair trial rights.

Kashiram Dhungana – Legal Adviser, Nepal

Kashiram is working on ICJ Nepal’s Right to a Remedy and Reparation (R2R) Project. Prior to joining ICJ, he worked at Advocacy Forum Nepal as a Human Rights Lawyer / District & Regional Focal Person on Transitional Justice, Criminal Justice & Torture Prevention for nine years. He is a lawyer and has practiced law in the courts of Nepal. He has a Bachelor degree in Law and a Master degree in Political Science from Tribhuwan University, Nepal.

Sanhawan Srisod – Legal Adviser/ Team Leader, Thailand

Sanhawan is a lawyer with background in international humanitarian law and experience working on humanitarian issues in the violence-plagued deep south of Thailand with the ICRC. She also worked on an Australia- Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons to strengthen national and regional (ASEAN) capacity of criminal justice responses to human trafficking. She has also worked with a number of organizations dedicated to helping refugees and asylum seekers in Thailand, i.e. UNHCR and Asylum Access. She also worked in a law firm and was heavily involved in several high profile international cases. She got her LL.M. in Public International Law from Leiden University, the Netherlands, and her LL.B. in Laws from Ramkhamhaeng University, Thailand.

Jenny Domino – Associate Legal Adviser, Myanmar

Jenny joined the ICJ in 2019. Before then, she worked as a lawyer for a corporate law firm, an international criminal tribunal, a national human rights institution, and another international non-governmental organization. She was a resource person on international criminal law at the height of the Philippine war on drugs in 2017 and has written on the topic for the Cambridge International Law Journal and Opinio Juris. She has been invited to speak and/or participate as a conference panelist for the American Society of International Law, Harvard Law School, and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam’s Center for International Criminal Justice, among others. Jenny holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Harvard Law School, where she received the Satter Fellowship award in human rights. She obtained her Juris Doctor (JD) degree (top 10% of class) from the University of the Philippines and a Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) from Ateneo de Manila University. She is admitted to the Philippine Bar and certified for admission to the New York State Bar in the United States.

Arpaporn UdomtaweeAdministrative Officer, Asia & Pacific

Arpaporn joined the ICJ as an Administrative Officer in late 2018. Prior to joining the ICJ, she worked as Visa Assistant at the Embassy of Switzerland in Thailand for 5 years. She also has prior secretarial and administrative experience in private sector in Thailand. Arpaporn holds a Master degree in Law, Economics and Management, with specialty, Council in Territorial Development from University of Angers (UFR-ESTHUA), France and Bachelor of Arts degree from Khon Kaen University, Thailand.

Cholticha Romruen – International Finance Officer, Asia & Pacific

Cholticha (Nong) initially joined ICJ as a Senior Finance Officer and was subsequently promoted to International Finance office for Asia and Pacific Region. Before joining ICJ, she was worked as Senior Accountant at International Union Conservation of Natures (IUCN) and private sector in Thailand. She hold Master degree in Management from Ramkhamhaeng University, Thailand and Bachelor degree in Accounting from Bangkok University, Thailand.

Chu Chu – Admin and Finance Officer, Myanmar

Chu Chu is an Admin and Finance Officer for ICJ Myanmar since October 2017. Prior to joining ICJ, she worked as an administration and finance officer at GRET Myanmar Professional for Fair Development), Cashier, Data management Specialist and Branch Accountant in “VisionFund Myanmar” (Microfinance Co, Ltd.) and World Vision Myanmar for 3 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Yatanarbone University.Currently, she is studying Diploma in Business English and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in Excellent Choice Myanmar.

Nawawan Petchwattana – Human Resources and Grants Officer, Asia & Pacific

Nawawan joined the ICJ as an Administration Officer in June 2012. Her prior work experience includes working as an Administrative Associate at the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and as a Secretary in the Consular Section of the Turkish Embassy in Thailand. Nawawan holds a Master of Arts in Labor Economics and Human Resources Management from Chulalongkorn University and Bachelor of Arts degree from Ayutthaya Rajabhat University.

Pooja Shah – Administration Assistant & Logistics Officer, South Asia

Pooja joined the ICJ in Kathmandu in May 2010. She has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Tribhuwan University and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Pokhara University. Prior to joining ICJ, she worked as an intern at Nabil Bank Limited and Himalayan Bank Limited.