Laura O'Brien

UN Advocacy Officer

Laura is our U.N. Advocacy Officer. She joins Access Now after completing
her LLM at Columbia Law School where she graduated with honors as a
Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and with a Parker School Certificate of
Achievement in International and Comparative Law. During her legal
studies, Laura explored the pervasiveness of censorship – particularly
of human rights defenders – in the digital realm, and assisted the
Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic on issues related to business
and human rights. Laura also holds a JD from the University of Ottawa,
Faculty of Law, an MA in International Development from the University
of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies, and a BA in Social
Justice and Peace Studies from King’s University College at Western
University. Laura has previously worked with human rights experts and
international organizations based in Córdoba, New York, Geneva, Ottawa,
and Toronto. She is a licensed barrister and solicitor in Ontario, Canada.

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