Nani Jansen speaking at re:publica 2015. Copyright: re:publica/Gregor Fischer
Nani Jansen Reventlow speaking at re:publica. Copyright: re:publica/Gregor Fischer

Nani Jansen Reventlow is an award-winning human rights lawyer specialised in strategic litigation at the intersection of human rights, social justice, and technology.

Trained as a litigator and with an extensive background in defending journalists and human rights activists in some of the most repressive environments in the world, Nani built on this experience when she founded the Digital Freedom Fund to advance digital rights through strategic litigation in Europe.

Under Nani’s leadership over the past five years, the Digital Freedom Fund has achieved a central position in its field, developed remarkable organisational and financial solidity, and supported dozens of legal cases and built the capacity of litigators and rights activists across Europe. Her standard-setting work seeking to decolonise the digital rights field in Europe and breaking down the silos between social justice groups and digital rights activists saw her listed on Politico’s 2021 list of visionary tech leaders in Europe.

Through her work, Nani has seen first-hand how racialised and marginalised groups are disproportionally affected by the negative aspects of technology. Recognising the fundamentally unequal power structures in society and how they affect people’s ability to exercise their rights and achieve justice when they have been wronged or harmed, Nani is currently setting up a new organisation, Systemic Justice, which will help build the power of communities to use strategic litigation to develop a more just society.

Through her public speaking, academic work and teaching at some of the world’s leading universities, Nani is shaping the next generation of human rights lawyers and public policy professionals. Drawing on a long and distinguished career as a litigator and expert on the intersection between human rights, social justice and technology, her mentorship provides students a hands-on understanding of the challenges facing human rights and social justice movements in the twenty-first century.