Lisa Reinsberg

Lisa Reinsberg is the Executive Director of the International Justice Resource Center (IJRC), an organization she founded with the goal of making human rights protections more accessible and transparent for advocates and victims. She holds a B.A. in political science and communications, with a minor in Spanish literature, from the University of California, San Diego and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She is admitted to the State Bar of California.

Lisa has diverse experience in human rights advocacy, litigation, and research. Prior to founding IJRC, she was an attorney with Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts. Previously, Lisa was a Rómulo Gallegos legal fellow at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, where she worked on complaints alleging criminal due process violations, torture, and extrajudicial executions. Earlier, she represented adults and children seeking visas or asylum in the United States, at the Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

As a Fulbright grantee (2008-2009), Lisa carried out a multi-country research project on Latin American non-governmental organizations’ use of international human rights litigation. Through this project, she studied the Inter-American human rights system and its jurisprudence; interviewed advocates and victims throughout the Americas; and worked directly with human rights legal organizations in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Venezuela in their litigation of cases before the Inter-American Commission and Court.

During law school, Lisa was a notes and articles editor of the Georgetown Journal of International Law, president of the International Law Society, and a research fellow with the Center for the Advancement of the Rule of Law in the Americas (CAROLA). She interned with the World Organization for Human Rights – USA, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, International Organization for Migration, International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights (INTERIGHTS), and a civil rights law firm.

Lisa is a member of the Board of Directors of HURIDOCS, an organization that helps human rights defenders use technology to manage and share information on human rights violations, advocacy, and jurisprudence. In 2019, she joined the newly formed Advisory Board to the American Society of International Law (ASIL) International Courts and Tribunals Interest Group. Lisa served on the California State Bar’s Public International Law Committee from 2014 to 2016, and has been a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s International Law & Practice executive committee since 2016. She was a 2014-2015 OneJustice Executive Fellow.

Lisa speaks, writes, and lectures on a variety of international human rights law and advocacy topics.

Contact Lisa at (415) 735-4180 or at lisa@ijrcenter.org.