Focus areas: documenting human rights violations, disability rights, new approaches to communication and advocacy, the human rights impact of climate change, poverty, inequality and human rights violations

Iain Levine teaches “Human Rights Research and Reporting.”

Iain Levine has more than 35 years of experience in international humanitarian and human rights work with Save the Children, UNICEF, Amnesty and Human Rights Watch. His field experience includes working with dying street people in Calcutta, refugees on the Sudan/Ethiopia border and victims of conflict in Mozambique and South Sudan.

In the late 1990s, Levine worked as Amnesty International’s representative at the United Nations where he was responsible for driving the organization’s advocacy agenda with the UN system at a time of enormous change, particularly at the Security Council.

Levine spent 16 years as deputy executive director for program at Human Rights Watch where he oversaw the organization's research and reporting work in some 90 countries around the world. Under his leadership, Human Rights Watch developed new areas of work including on human rights and the environment and disability rights as well as approaches to research harnessing new technologies such as satellite imagery and open source investigations.

His particular interests include protection of children in conflict, disability rights, new technologies and broadening the human rights movement through innovative alliances and partnerships.

Research & Publications

April 2019|OpenGlobalRights|Iain Levine

Confronting Bolsonaro’s populism – key strategies to protect human rights

December 2018|Atlantic Council|Iain Levine

Why Human Rights Matter

June 2014|Foreign Policy|Iain Levine
March 2014|OpenGlobalRights|Iain Levine

Will technology transform the human rights movement?