The Staff of the Human Dignity Trust

Legal Director: Téa Braun

Téa oversees the implementation of all of the Trust's core legal work and manages the overall operation of the Trust. She has global experience in strategic litigation, training and technical assistance on international human rights law and comparative constitutional law, with a particular focus on matters relating to women’s human rights and LGBT human rights. She previously held inter-governmental appointments as Gender Equality Advisor to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and Human Rights Advisor to the Commonwealth Secretariat, and has advised multiple governments, civil society organisations and litigants across Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Caribbean. She advises in matters addressing the rights to equality, non-discrimination, dignity, privacy and freedom of association, and has represented inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the UN Human Rights Council and through submissions to a range of UN human rights treaty bodies. Téa holds an LL.B. from the University of British Columbia (Canada), qualified as a barrister and solicitor in Canada in 1996 and completed an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law in 2005 as a Chevening Scholar at the University of Essex (England) where she was named Alumna of the Year 2014 for services to human rights. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, which seeks to  promote and uphold the rule of law across the Commonwealth, a Strategic Advisor to the global Gqual Campaign which promotes gender parity in international tribunals, and a former member of the Editorial Board of the Commonwealth Human Rights Law Digest.

Head of Communications: Nina Kelly

Nina oversees all HDT's external output and devises and manages the organisation's strategic communications.

Nina started her career as a journalist and has contributed to the Guardian,Time Out London and the Independent. Since moving to the not-for-profit sector, she has led the communications of several equality-driven UK policy organisations, including the Runnymede Trust and the Women's Resource Centre.

An experienced strategic thinker, Nina has worked more recently on communications campaigns in the international development sector. She played a key role in the 2013 Enough IF campaign, and is the author of ActionAid UK's 2014 women's rights communications strategy.

Nina holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Manchester and NCTJ qualifications in Media Law, Newswriting and Public Affairs. She writes 100 words-per-minute shorthand and speaks fluent Italian.

Projects Information Officer: Kapil Gupta 

Kapil works closely with the Legal Director and Head of Communications in building and maintaining relationships with other relevant organisations such as NGOs, political campaign groups, funding bodies and the media. He monitors and maintains regular contact with key actors in the global LGBT movement. He is also responsible for obtaining and maintaining information relevant to the Trust’s work, strategically communicating this information externally and internally. This includes managing the website, writing country reports, working with international organisations and developing the Trust’s social media profile.

Kapil is a lawyer and activist from India. He completed his MA in Human Rights Practice under the Erasmus Mundus scholarship (2008-10) of the European Commission. He holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the National Law Institute University, Bhopal (India). He is a member of the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association (CLA) and the Human Rights Lawyers’ Association (HRLA).

Administrator: Chris Atkinson

Chris has been involved in business administration for most of his career. He currently works as part-time administrator for the Human Dignity Trust, as well as for a professional association seeking to promote better equality law.



Consultant: Lauren Tapp

Lauren came to us as a Communications and Fundraising Intern in February 2016 and is now researching and authoring the Human Dignity Trust's first publication on the impact of criminal laws on transgender persons internationally. Lauren holds both an MA in Philosophy and Politics from the University of Edinburgh and an MA in Gender and Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. She has spent several years researching and writing about the human rights of marginalised and stigmatised communities including sex workers, drug users and LGBTQ people and continues to advocate against punitive laws from a harm reduction perspective.

Intern: Richie Maitland

Richie is an attorney-at-law and activist from the Caribbean where he has worked on a number of LGBTI equality cases. He is the co-founder of Groundation Grenada, a human rights based organisation and he has also appeared before the UN Human Rights Committee and the Inter-American Human Rights Commission, doing advocacy around LGBTI issues. He is currently doing a Masters Degree in Human Rights Law at the Queen Mary University of London.

Intern: Cillian Bracken

Cillian holds a bachelor of civil law degree in Law and German form University College Cork, Ireland and Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany and is currently an LL.M. candidate at the London School of Economics. Prior to working with Human Dignity Trust he has worked in the areas of public law, human rights law and refugee law including with the Irish Office of the Attorney General, the Venice Commission and as a judicial assistant.


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