Rahma Hussein, is a lawyer specializing in international human rights and international criminal law. Prior to joining Columbia Law School’s Project on Counterterrorism, Armed Conflict and Human Rights, Rahma worked at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights (RFKHR) where she was responsible for RFKHR’s litigation and advocacy case work in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. This included engaging in all stages of the proceedings before the African Court and African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in cases involving civic and political participation.
Rahma has also worked as a Deans Fellow for Professor Diane Orentlicher at American University Washington College of Law conducting research on transitional justice issues, as a Research Fellow for the War Crimes Research Office, in the Legal Vice Presidency Group at the World Bank, the Center for Justice and Accountability, and Human Rights First.
Prior to law school, Rahma served for over two years as Project Coordinator and Legal Investigator with African Rights in Kigali Rwanda, where she worked with victims and survivors of the Rwandan genocide, collaborated with international and local prosecutors, and consulted with the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and international studies from the University of Chicago. She is fluent in Somali, and has advanced proficiency in French. Rahma is currently awaiting admission to practice law in the state of New York.
Articles by this author:
Transparency on Civilian Harm in Somalia Matters – Not Just to Americans
by Rahma Hussein, Abdifatah Hassan Ali and Alex Moorehead
Apr 9th, 2019
New UN Report Says All Parties to Yemen Conflict May be Responsible for War Crimes
by Rahma Hussein, Alex Moorehead, Sarah Knuckey and Radhya Almutawakel
Sep 7th, 2018
Niger Facing Pressure to Ensure U.S. and French Drone Strikes Comply with Human Rights Law
by Rahma Hussein, Alex Moorehead and Jonathan Horowitz
Sep 6th, 2018
The Department of Defense’s Report on Civilian Casualties: A Step Forward in Transparency?
by Daniel R. Mahanty, Rahma Hussein and Alex Moorehead
Jun 13th, 2018
Academics and NGOs Call on Celebrities and Business Leaders to Condemn Saudi Abuses in Yemen
by Radhya Almutawakel, Rahma Hussein, Sarah Knuckey, Alex Moorehead and Baher Azmy
May 24th, 2018
What Questions Should Congress Be Asking DoD About Civilian Casualties?
by Daniel R. Mahanty, Alex Moorehead and Rahma Hussein
May 1st, 2018
New Series: Perspectives from Impacted Countries
by Rahma Hussein, Sarah Knuckey, Jameel Jaffer, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Alex Moorehead, John Reed, Waleed Alhariri and Suraj Kandath Girijashanker
Mar 19th, 2018
The UAE’s Military and Naval Reliance on Eritrea Makes the War in Yemen Even Riskier for the U.S.
May 31st, 2017
Civil Liberties and Human Rights Groups Urge Ambassadors on the UN Security Council to Support Yemeni Civil Society
by Sarah Knuckey and Rahma Hussein
May 10th, 2017
Human Rights Constraints on African Assistance to the Trump Administration
Feb 15th, 2017