About Alice Edwards
Dr Alice Edwards is a human rights expert and lawyer. Since January 2016, she serves as the Head of the Secretariat of the Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI), a Government-led diplomatic initiative to achieve universal ratification and improved implementation of the UN Convention against Torture, by 2024. She is based in Geneva, Switzerland.
She was previously the Chief of Protection Policy and Legal Advice at UNHCR (2010-2015), has carried out field assignments in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Morocco and Rwanda (1998-2004), and led the legal aspects during both the 50th and 60th anniversary series of consultations for the 1951 Refugee Convention. She has held academic positions in law at the University of Nottingham and Oxford University (2006-2010), and has also worked in the voluntary sector with Amnesty International in London and with Food for the Hungry International in Mozambique. She is an award winning and much acclaimed author with her work being widely published and cited by government, international organisations, the media and by courts and tribunals. Her major interests lie in achieving equality and fairness in this world, with a particular focus on women's rights, refugees, asylum-seekers and stateless persons, and the prevention of torture and the right to liberty/detention issues.
She is a Fellow of the University of Nottingham’s Human Rights Law Centre, and teaches a Masters degree course on gender and forced migration on the University of London’s International Programmes. She has also been a Research Associate of the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford University and Research Fellow, St Anne's College, Oxford.