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Lydia de Leeuw


Lydia de Leeuw leads SOMO’s strategic litigation work, connecting SOMO’s research work to collaborations amongst CSOs and lawyers in a networked approach to strategic litigation.

Together with colleagues and partners, Lydia helps build coalitions around specific human rights issues and develop multi-jurisdiction, multi-procedure litigation strategies to advance shared objectives.

Before joining SOMO in 2015, Lydia conducted legal and field research for a variety of human rights organisations in the Middle East and South Africa.

Lydia holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Criminology from VU University in Amsterdam. In 2015, she was awarded an LL.M. in International Crime and Justice, with a focus on international crimes and state-corporate crime.

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