Our Core Team


Chibli Mallat

RN Founder and Chairman

Chibli Mallat is a law professor and a practicing attorney, and an active defender of human rights, constitutional law, and judicial accountability. He is Presidential Professor of Law at the University of Utah and EU Jean Monnet Professor of European Law at Université Saint Joseph in Lebanon.

He was the 2011 Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Visiting Professor of Islamic Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, and will be Visiting Professor at Yale Law School in the fall of 2012 teaching war and human rights, and Islamic and Middle Eastern law.

Mallat has published and edited over thirty-five books, including Introduction to Middle Eastern Law, OUP 2007; and Iraq: Guide to Law and Policy, Kluwer 2009.

As an active human rights advocate, he helped establish the Middle East regional office of Amnesty International, for which his law firm in Beirut continues to act as legal counsel, and he has led and won major cases against mass murderers, including Muammar Qaddafi, Saddam Hussein, and Ariel Sharon.

As one of the leaders of the Lebanese Cedar Revolution, he ran in 2005-2006 an unprecedented campaign for the presidency of Lebanon. In 2008-10, he was senior advisor to the Global Justice Project: Iraq, and worked with he Iraqi parliamentary Constitutional Review Committee to complete the revision of the 2005 Constitution.


Ivana Assy

Program Coordinator

Being with Right to Nonviolence since August of 2010, Ivana received a degree in journalism and a ‘Maïtrise’ degree in Communication Science from the Université Libanaise (UL) where she is a 2012 candidate for a Diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA).

Prior to joining RN she served for three years as a full-time communications and publications consultant to a major USAID-funded project implemented by SUNY-Albany and focused on local government reform. She also provided technical support to the Global Justice Project-Iraq (GJPI) funded by the US State Department and implemented by the University of Utah.

Ms. Assy is fluent in Arabic, French, and English.