Laura Bingham is the senior managing legal officer for equality and citizenship in the Open Society Justice Initiative. Bingham leads the program’s work on equality and non-discrimination, focusing on access to effective remedies for structural discrimination in Europe, and on the right to nationality and access to documentation of identity, comprising litigation, legal empowerment, research, and advocacy worldwide. She has worked to achieve important judgments on arbitrary deprivation of nationality in Africa and challenges to segregated education and forced evictions in Europe.
Prior to joining the Open Society Foundations, Bingham practiced international civil litigation and arbitration, served as a law clerk in U.S. federal district court, and held positions at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the U. S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. She also designed and conducted field research on judicial independence, community empowerment, and international justice in Senegal. Bingham has taught and published in the fields of international justice, strategic litigation, citizenship, and statelessness and is an adjunct faculty member in New York University’s MS program in global affairs.
Bingham was awarded a Rotary International Ambassadorial scholarship and received a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MA in human rights law from Central European University.