Priyanka Chirimar is a human rights attorney from India with 17 years of experience in domestic and international courts on a wide range of legal matters. She started her career with Human Rights Law Network, a pioneering pro bono law firm, where she undertook litigation, advocacy, and legal empowerment work in India. She specialized in the rights of persons with disabilities and represented victim/survivors of child sexual abuse during the trial. Following the 2005 earthquake in Kashmir, Priyanka moved to Srinagar on a self-initiated project to provide legal aid in disaster-struck villages along the border, bringing nearly 800 claims to the High Court in a public interest case for comprehensive rehabilitation.
In 2007, she started as an intern with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and after ten years with the UN resigned her position as Legal Officer and Investigator at the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Cambodia. She was the 2017 Wasserstein Fellow-in-Residence at the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising and the International Human Rights Program at the Harvard Law School. During her time with the UN courts and tribunals, Priyanka was elected to the Staff Unions where she assisted staff members with administrative legal matters on a wide range of Staff Rules and Regulations. This expertise has culminated in her brand new initiative ‘Action Against Prohibited Conduct’, a global online legal resource on sexual harassment, retaliation and other forms of discrimination for people working in international organizations.
Priyanka holds a Bachelor of Social & Legal Sciences and Bachelor of Laws from Symbiosis Law College, University of Pune and an LL.M in Public International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science, which she attended as a PJD Wiles Scholar.