Heidy Rombouts Coordinator, Litigation Project, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association, Maina Kiai Panel 5
Heidy Rombouts is a Belgian lawyer with a background in human rights, rule of law, and transitional justice. Since 2015, Rombouts has been a member of the team of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association, where she provides legal advice and coordinates the litigation project under which several amici curiae have been submitted in national and regional courts. She is an accomplished interlocutor, with experience in countries such as Chile, Kenya, Mali, South Africa, and Vietnam. Previously she managed a social justice program in Kenya for the German development cooperation, acted as justice advisor in several countries strengthening rule of law and respect for human rights, and researched, published, and consulted on transitional justice and working in conflict and fragile environments. Rombouts received her Ph.D. in Social and Political Sciences from University of Antwerp and a LL.M. from Katholieke Univesiteit Leuven.