Josh Pemberton, a native of New Zealand, is a 2017 Open Society Presidential Fellow. Prior to coming to the Open Society Foundations, Pemberton worked for Justice Base in Myanmar, where he led a project investigating and reporting on public access to court proceedings in Yangon. He has also worked as a clerk to Justice William Young at the New Zealand Supreme Court, and as a researcher affiliated with the University of Otago Faculty of Law, where he authored a report on the professional experiences of junior lawyers in New Zealand. While an undergraduate student, Pemberton worked as a research assistant at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research in Wellington, New Zealand, and worked with a number of civil society groups. He has published journal articles and reports in several outlets, including the New Zealand Law Review.
Pemberton holds an LLM from Harvard Law School. At Harvard, he worked as a student clinician in the International Human Rights Clinic and served as an articles editor on the Harvard Human Rights Journal. He has an LLB and a BA from the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.