Wade McMullen is an international human rights lawyer with global litigation and advocacy experience before international tribunals, governments, and international organizations. As the Managing Attorney at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Mr. McMullen has built and manages a case docket of high impact human rights cases before international tribunals with a focus on defending civic space and the rule of law. His cases before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Inter-American Court, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and the African Court include matters of femicide in Guatemala, protest rights in Zimbabwe, the right to nationality in the Dominican Republic, and freedom of association in Rwanda. Mr. McMullen also represents a range of clients in Egypt before the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
Mr. McMullen currently co-directs the International Human Rights Law Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law. Since 2011 he has also served as a legal adviser to Ugandan LGBT activists, and is the focal point for the work of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights on matters relating to sexual orientation and gender identity worldwide.
Mr. McMullen has testified before the Inter-American Commission on topics ranging from the use of drones in the Americas to farmworker rights in the United States. He frequently lectures and speaks as an expert on international human rights law and litigation, and has been featured on CNN and MSNBC as well as in the New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, AP, Reuters, and other international media outlets.
Previously, Mr. McMullen was the first Donald M. Wilson Fellow at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and prior to joining the organization he worked in Sierra Leone investigating abuses by the extractives industry, in India combating forced labor, and in Nicaragua promoting the right to health. Mr. McMullen received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law, where he was a researcher for the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions. He is admitted to practice law in the state of New York.