Alison Anitawaru Cole

Alison Cole

Alison Anitawaru Cole is the Asia-Pacific Coordinator of the Digital Investigations with Berkeley Human Rights Center. She holds a first-class BA honors degree in law from Cambridge University, and participated in the European Erasmus exchange at Utrecht University. She obtained her LLM Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School and is currently completing a PhD at Amsterdam University. Alison is a registered New York attorney, and is also admitted to the Lincoln’s Inns of Court in London. Alison is one of the few people in the world who has worked at all the United Nations international criminal tribunals, covering a range of responsibilities. She first worked in prosecutions at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, before transferring to investigations at the International Criminal Court and at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia. She has also worked for the appeals judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and for the Registry at the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Following these positions with the UN tribunals, Alison worked in policy development as the Open Society Justice Initiative in New York as the project lead for international justice, where she developed human rights strategies with local and global partners, including activists in Afghanistan, Burundi, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Darfur, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Georgia, Guatemala, Kenya, India, Malawi, Mexico, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Senegal, Tanzania, Ukraine, Zambia, and on death row in Jamaica. As a legal practitioner, Alison also contemporaneously worked as an adjunct professor at New York University Law School and has written a wide variety of publications, including front-page coverage for The Guardian on international criminal law.