Anjli Parrin

Anjli Parrin

Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Global Human Rights Clinic

Anjli Parrin is a Kenyan human rights advocate and lawyer. She directs the Global Human Rights Clinic, which works alongside partners and communities to advance justice and address the inequalities and structural disparities that lead to human rights violations worldwide.

Parrin conducts human rights fact-finding, investigations, and advocacy around the world. Her practice and research focus on the areas of armed conflict and international criminal law, colonialism and its impacts, discrimination and inequality, and socio-economic rights.

Parrin serves as an expert witness and has worked alongside forensic scientists to carry out complex war crime investigations, including for the International Criminal Court; successfully proposed new law on exhumations for hybrid courts; and provided trainings to judges, lawyers, police, gendarmerie, NGOs and victims associations on the law and science of suspicious death investigations. She has also developed programs to advance peer support for human rights advocates around the world, and advocated for action to address racial injustice in the child welfare system in the US.

Parrin has been published and cited in the New York Times, Washington Post, Radio France Internationale (RFI), KQED Radio, The Intercept, Quartz, The New Humanitarian, Just Security, African Arguments, and OpenGlobalRights, and her scholarship has appeared in the International Journal for Transitional Justice, International Review for the Red Cross, and the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law.

Prior to joining the University of Chicago Law School, Parrin worked and taught at Columbia Law School, where she was the deputy director of the Smith Family Human Rights Clinic and the Executive Director of the Human Rights Institute. She has also worked for the United Nations (UN) Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and UN Development Programme Somalia, as well as for law firms Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, and Clifford Chance LLP.

Parrin holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. She also holds a master’s degree from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, and a bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics. Parrin is admitted to practice law in New York.