Amin Mekki Medani

                                                    Advocate & Commissioner for Oaths

 

Professional Resume

 

Expert in International human rights, lawyer, policy analyst, organizational manager, development cooperation  specialist, law professor, advocate and organizer. Thirty-five years of relevant experience at the academic, judicial, governmental, non-governmental, regional and international levels. Professional and managerial experience in the Office of he U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, the World Bank, the Arab Fund for Economic Development in Africa. Former Cabinet Minister, Magistrate and lecturer in Law. Executive  Board member of six non-governmental human rights organizations and professional legal association. 1991 recipient of the Human Rights Watch Award for Human  Rights Monitoring. 1991 Recipient of the American Bar Association Human Rights Award,  on behalf of the Sudan Bar Association, Expert member of International Evaluation Missions for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (Cambodia),  the Ford Foundation  and the International Commission of Jurists. Strong managerial  and organizational skills. Fluent in English and Arabic, with a working knowledge of French and Swahili.

 

Education

 

Ph.D., University of Edinburgh, 1970 (Comparative Criminal Law)

LL.M. (Distinction), University of London, 1965

LL.B. (Honours), University of Khartoum, 1962

Dipl. Civ.L. (Civil Law) University of Luxembourg, 1964

 

Skills

 

Organizational Management, having served in managerial capacities in a number of governmental, non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations of varying size and mandates.

 

Policy analysis, derived from professional service with academic institutions, human              rights organizations and government posting.

 

Language, including fluency in English and Arabic, and a working knowledge of French and Swahili.

 

Development Cooperation, as an experienced manager of technical cooperation programmes in a variety of economic and social fields.

 

International Legal Research, Writing, Analysis and Advocacy, as an international lawyer, legal advisor, law professor, and  magistrate.

 

 

Employment

 

LAW FIRM OF ELKARIB AND MEDANI

KHARTOUM

Senior Partner, Human Rights Lawyer

The Firm is specialized in corporate and commercial law, investments, tax, labour and arbitration including through the ICC, Paris.

                                                                                                1978 to date

 

OFFICE OF THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

BEIRUT, LEBANON

Representative, Regional Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for the Arab Region, Beirut

                                                                                               February 2002 –October 2004

 

UNITED NATIONS ASSISTANCE MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN

AFGHANISTAN

Legal advisor to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Afghanistan

(UNAMA) on Law Reform in Afghanistan, 2002.

 

Legal advisor to the Special Representative of the U.N Secretary-General in Iraq, August 2003 disrupted by the terrorist explosion.

                                                                                                                    

OFFICE OF THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

ZAGHREB, CROATIA

Chief of Mission

                                                                                                     March 2001- February 2002

 

OFFICE OF THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

WEST BANK AND GAZA OFFICE

Chief Technical Advisor and Head of the Office             

                                                                                                       May 1997 to March 2001        

 

ARAB FUND FOR ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

KUWAIT

Legal Advisor     

                                                                                                                           1995 to 1997

 

EGYPTIAN BAR ASSOCIATION

CAIRO

Advocate

                                                                                                                          1991 to 1995          

 

    

DEMOCRATIC TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENT OF SUDAN

KHARTOUM

Cabinet Minister

(portfolio for peace, reconciliation, and elections)

                                                                                                                          1985 – 1986

 

 

 

ARAB BANK FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA

KHARTOUM

General Counsel

                                                                                                                         1976 to 1978

WORLD BANK

WASHINGTON D.C.

Attorney

                                                                                                                         1975 to 1976

 

UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES

GENEVA AND TANZANIA

Legal advisor and Acting Representative in Tanzania                                                         

                                                                                                                          1971 to 1975

            

UNIVERSITY OF KHARTOUM , FACULTY OF LAW

Senior Scholar and Lecturer in Public Law

 

                                                                                                                        1965 to 1971

JUDICIARY OF SUDAN

KHARTOUM

Magistrate

                                                                                                                       1962 to 1963

 

Organizational Activities and Affiliations

 

President of the Arab Organization For Human Rights, Board of Trustees Cairo 2004 to date.

 

 Board of Trustees, Arab Organization for Human Rights, Cairo, 1986 to present.

 

President, Sudan Human Rights Organization (in exile), London 1992 to May 1999 (founding member and active participant)

 

Chairman, Sudan Human Rights Monitor, 2008 todate.

 

Permanent Bureau, Arab Lawyers Union, Cairo, 1992 to 2003.

 

Board of Directors, CIVICUS-World Civil Society Organization, Washington D.C., 1993-1995.

 

President, African American Lawyers Association, Washington D.C., 1993 to 1995.

 

Member Executive Council, Sudan Bar Association , 1988 to 1989 ( banned in 1989 ) .

            

 

 

Chairman, Sudanese Popular Organization for the Defence of Democracy and  National Unity, Khartoum, 1986 to 1989 ( banned in 1989 ) .

 

Vice-President, Arab Centre for Independence of lawyers and Judges, Cairo, 1997 to date .

 

Member, Board of Trustees, Regional Program for Human Rights Activities, Cairo 1998 to date .

 

NGO Representative, World Conference on Human Rights, Vienna, 1993

NGO Representative, OAU Commission on Human and People's Rights (various sessions), Banjul.

 

NGO Representative, UN Commission on Human Rights, Geneva, 1992, 1993, 1994,1995.

 

Member, UN Centre for Human Rights Evaluation Mission to assess a human rights assistance project and OHCHR Office in Cambodia, 1996.

 

Member, Ford Foundation Evaluation Team to review the work of the International Commission of Jurists.

 

Member, International Commission of Enquiry, Israeli – Lebanese War, 2006.

 

Author, International Commission of Jurists background report on the situation of human rights in the Sudan in preparation for an ICJ mission

 

Liaison, collaboration and support for various human rights missions and activities of Amnesty International, International Commission of Jurists. Human Rights Watch, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, International Federation of Human Rights, Fund for Peace, National Endowment for Democracy, Article 19, Inter Rights, and others.

 

Chairman, Board of Trustees, Legal Studies Centre, Sudan.

 

Mission Information and support to the Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights regarding the situation of human rights in the Sudan.

 

Author of numerous articles on human rights and Humanitarian Law.

 

Expert Report for the International Committee of the Red Cross on Humanitarian Law in the Sudan.

 

Author of numerous articles on human rights and Humanitarian Law.

 

Author of a book "Crimes in Violation of International Humanitarian Law in the Sudan 1989 -2001 " Cairo, 2001 (in Arabic and English).

 

Member of the Faculty Research Board, Faculty Of Law, University Of Khartoum, 2005.

 

 

Personal Informations

 

Born 2 February 1939

Sudanese national

Married with five children

Excellent health

 

 

Articles Published in Arab  Periodicals and Journals

 

The State of Emergency in the Arab World.

                          Arab Review of Human Rights, Tunisia, 1993

 

Principles of Independence of the Legal Profession:

Palestinian Bar Association Journal, 4th Issue, No. 5, 1998

 

Personal Responsibility and the International Criminal Court:

                          " Our Rights" Journal of the Human Rights and Training Centre, Yemen, Issue                           No. 14, December 2002

 

The Draft Arab Charter for Human Rights:

                          Arab Review of Human Rights, Tunis, Issue No. 6, 1999

 

The Palestinian Question: Regional and International Challenges

                          Arab Review of Human Rights, Tunis, Issue No.9, 2002

 

Problems Facing the Sudan Human Rights Movement:

                          Arab Centre for Human Rights Studies, Cairo, 1997

 

Islam and Human Rights:

                          Proceedings of a Workshop – Arab Review of Human Rights Issue No.7, 200

 

The Judiciary and Human Rights in the Sudan;

                          Journal of the Arab Institute for Human Rights Studies, Cairo, 1997

 

Universal Jurisdiction – Responsibility of Violators of International Humanitarian Law in Palestine:

                          Published by the Arab Lawyers Union, Cairo, 2001