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. She is visiting from Columbia Law School.
Parrin conducts human rights fact-finding, investigations, and advocacy around the world. Her practice and research focuses on the areas of armed conflict, international criminal law, transitional justice, forensic science and human rights, discrimination and inequality, decolonizing human rights, and the right to health. Parrin 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, 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.
Parrin has previously 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.