Rupert Skilbeck is the Litigation Director at the Open Society Justice Initiative, based in New York. He oversees strategic human rights litigation in cases involving discrimination, freedom of expression, torture, deaths in custody, fair trial rights, corruption, national security, and international criminal law, before tribunals including the African, European and Inter-American regional human rights systems, as well as the UN Human Rights Committee and Committee against Torture. He is a barrister at the Bar of England and Wales, having practiced in criminal law, human rights law and international criminal law.
In June 2006 he was appointed by the United Nations as the Principal Defender of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). Prior to that he worked as the Director of Odsjek Krivicne Odbrane (OKO), the criminal defence section of the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo, and also as the defence advisor at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in Freetown. From 1995 to 2004 he practiced at the London bar. He has published and lectured widely on human rights law and international criminal law.