As Director of Research, Thomas collaborates with LFJL’s new Research Department to carry out activities which shed light on the human rights situation in Libya. Thomas intends to produce reports that highlight new and innovative strategies to protect human rights in the country.
Thomas joined LFJL in June 2012, supporting LFJL’s flagship constitutional project Destoori as its initial Project Coordinator. Thomas has since assumed several management roles within LFJL, including Acting Director, Deputy Director and Gender Equality Program Coordinator. Thomas has played a key role in the development and implementation of a wide variety of LFJL’s projects, including Sawti, La Mubarir, and human rights archiving activities.
Thomas previously worked in Cambodia, providing assistance and advice on rights issues that disproportionately affect women, such as the abuses faced by migrant domestic workers and those employed in the garment sector. Thomas has worked with several human rights NGOs, including the Community Legal Education Center and the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, as well as for esteemed human rights campaigner Mu Sochua.
Thomas holds an LLB in Law from the University of Sussex and went on to obtain an LLM in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice from the School of Oriental and African Studies which was awarded a Distinction. Thomas is currently a Doctoral Student at the University of Sussex, undertaking research regarding the legal strategies of civil society organizations.