Wade McMullen is the Managing Attorney at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, where he helped build and manage a case docket of high impact human rights cases, litigating before international tribunals with a focus on defending civic space and the rule of law, including cases before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Inter-American Court, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and the African Court as well as the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
Mr. McMullen has represented several high-profile prisoners of conscience in Egypt including activist Mahmoud Mohamed Hussein (the “t-shirt detainee”), Aya Hijazi and Mohamed Hassanein of the Belady Foundation, prominent human rights lawyer Malek Adly of the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights, and the journalist Mahmoud Hussein of Al-Jazeera.
Since 2015 Mr. McMullen has also co-directed the International Human Rights Law Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law. Previously, Mr. McMullen was the first Donald M. Wilson Fellow at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and prior to joining the organization he worked in Sierra Leone investigating abuses by the extractives industry, in India combating forced labor, and in Nicaragua promoting the right to health. Mr. McMullen received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law, where he was a researcher for the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions.