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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 a human rights lawyer specialised in strategic litigation and freedom of expression.

Nani is the founding Director of the Digital Freedom Fund, which supports partners in Europe to advance digital rights through strategic litigation. She is also the initiator of the Catalysts for Collaboration project, which offers best practices and case studies encouraging activists to collaborate across disciplinary silos and use strategic litigation in digital rights campaigns.

Nani is a moderator at the Symposium on Strength and Solidarity for Human Rights, an Associate Tenant at Doughty Street Chambers, and has been an Ashoka Fellow since 2021.

Nani is a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School and Adjunct Professor at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government. She is a Senior Fellow at Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute and an Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where she was a 2016-2017 Fellow. Nani has been an adviser to Harvard’s Cyberlaw Clinic since 2016.

Nani is a recognised international lawyer and expert in human rights litigation responsible for standard-setting freedom of expression cases across several national and international jurisdictions. Between 2011 and 2016, Nani oversaw the litigation practice of Media Defence globally, leading or advising on cases in over 50 national jurisdictions and representing clients before the European Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the UN Human Rights Committee, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and several African regional forums. Nani obtained the first freedom of expression judgment from the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and from the East African Court of Justice.

A Dutch-qualified attorney, Nani graduated in civil law and public international law from the University of Amsterdam and specialised in human rights at Columbia Law School and the European University Institute. She has developed and delivered training sessions on freedom of expression and human rights litigation to dozens of lawyers from several diverse jurisdictions, including India, Russia, Cambodia, Hungary, Botswana and Croatia.

Nani is an Expert Adviser on technology and social justice at the World Economic Forum, a member of the Human Rights Watch Policy Committee and  Human Rights Watch Netherlands Committee, and a board member of the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, Bureau Clara Wichmann, Security Council Report, and Global Voices. She is also an advisory board member of the Initiative for a Representative First Amendment (IfRFA), the Justice, Equity, and Technology Table and Global Partners Digital, a supervisory board member of Free Press Unlimited and Lighthouse Reports, and a member of the Advisory Council of the Open Technology Fund.

Nani’s scholarly writing on issues in international law, human rights, data protection and international arbitration have been published around the world.