Wade McMullen

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Wade McMullen is an international human rights lawyer with global litigation and advocacy experience before international tribunals, governments and international organizations. As the managing attorney at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, McMullen has built and manages a case docket of high-impact human rights cases before international tribunals with a focus on defending civic space and the rule of law. His cases before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Inter-American Court, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and the African Court include matters of femicide in Guatemala, protest rights in Zimbabwe, the right to nationality in the Dominican Republic and freedom of association in Rwanda. McMullen also represents a range of clients in Egypt before the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, and since 2011 he has also served as a legal adviser to Ugandan LGBT activists who successfully challenged the country's Anti-Homosexuality Act.

McMullen has testified before the Inter-American Commission on topics ranging from the use of drones in the Americas to farmworker rights in the United States. He frequently lectures and speaks as an expert on international human rights law and litigation, and has been featured on CNN and MSNBC as well as in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Al-Jazeera and other international media outlets.

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 combating 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 U.N. Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. He is admitted to practice law in the state of New York.


  • J.D.
    New York University School of Law

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