Rachel Simon Rushby

Resident Fellow

Rachel joined the IIJ as a Resident Fellow at the IIJ’s Academic Unit in 2024. She oversees
designing and delivering courses in counter terrorism and transnational crime. Qualified as a
solicitor in England and Wales, Rachel brings 15 years of experience specialising in domestic
practice and criminal defence, including extensive experience conducting serious and complex
cases. At the international level, Rachel spent five years working as a Senior Legal Officer for the
OSCE Mission in Kosovo working on issues including terrorism and transnational crime. She has
experience managing donor funded projects on organised crime and corruption and designing and
implementing capacity building activities for legal practitioners.

Rachel spent five years in Colombia where she worked on the protection of human rights defenders
and completed a postgraduate specialisation in human rights and international humanitarian law.
She has published several articles and reports on topics including the legitimacy of lethal force, the
Colombian peace process and defense representation in Kosovo.

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