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 is a senior human rights advisor on Facebook’s human rights team where he supports the implementation and oversight of human rights standards into Facebook’s product, policy and programming efforts. 

He started his career in the humanitarian world, working in India with the homeless before spending 10 years working in Africa with refugees and those displaced by war in Sudan, Mozambique and South Sudan and then leading humanitarian advocacy and policy at UNICEF. 

In the late 1990s, he 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.

From there he went to Human Rights Watch where he spent 16 years as deputy executive director for program, overseeing 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 innovative approaches to research harnessing new technologies such as satellite imagery and open source investigation.

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?