Daniela Ikawa is a legal officer for freedom of assembly and association with the Open Society Justice Initiative, based in the New York office.
Ikawa has 20 years of experience working as a human rights litigator and advocate in Brazil and New York. Prior to joining the Justice Initiative, she helped prosecute corrupt officials in Brazil, and worked with three leading human rights organizations: Conectas, the Public Interest Law Network, and ESCR Net. She has defended protesters and human rights advocates and has helped vulnerable groups, including indigenous communities, assert their land rights. Ikawa has also worked on freedom of expression and information issues. Since 2012, she has taught core courses in human rights at Columbia’s School for International and Public Affairs. She has also taught courses on human rights, and ethics at Central European University. In Brazil, Ikawa developed a pilot human rights clinic on torture and arbitrary arrests for Angolan, Brazilian, and Mozambican students.
Ikawa studied law at the University of Brasilia and holds an LLM degree from the Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fisk Stone Scholar, and a PhD from University of Sao Paulo School of Law.