J.D., New York University School of Law
Wade McMullen is the managing attorney of the International Strategic Litigation Unit at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. In this capacity McMullen manages a team of lawyers bringing high impact human rights cases before international tribunals with a focus on defending civic space and the rule of law, ensuring non-discrimination, and promoting economic, social and cultural rights. His cases before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Inter-American Court, and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights include matters of femicide in Guatemala, protest rights in Zimbabwe, and the right to nationality in the Dominican Republic.
Since 2011 McMullen has served as a legal adviser to Ugandan LGBTI activists, and is the focal point for the work of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights on matters relating to sexual orientation and gender identity worldwide.
Previously McMullen was the first Donald M. Wilson Fellow at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and prior to joining the organization he worked in Sierra Leone investigating abuses by the extractives industry, in India combatting forced labor, and in Nicaragua promoting the right to health. McMullen received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law, where he was a researcher for the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions. He is admitted to practice law in the state of New York.