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Anna Neistat

Guest Speaker

Professional affiliation

Legal Director, The Docket, Clooney Foundation for Justice

Full Biography

Dr. Anna Neistat leads The Docket – an initiative at the Clooney Foundation for Justice, focused on accountability for perpetrators and enablers of international crimes. Neistat has been involved in international human rights work for more than two decades. Before joining CFJ, she was Amnesty International’s Senior Director for Research, responsible for leading the organization’s global research agenda and crisis response.

Previously, Neistat worked as associate director for Program and Emergencies at Human Rights Watch. She led fact-finding missions in conflict areas and was responsible for developing investigative methodology and training. Neistat has conducted over 60 investigations in conflict areas around the world, including Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Zimbabwe, Nepal, Kenya, Yemen, Chechnya, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan.

Neistat is the Chair of the Board at Crisis Action, an international organization working with global civil society to protect civilians from armed conflict. She holds an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School, a J.D. and Ph.D. in law, and an M.S. in history and philology. She has authored numerous reports and opinion pieces, and regularly contributes to legal and human rights debates in academic and policy institutions. Neistat’s work has been profiled in the media and in the award-winning documentary, E-team.