Deputy Head of the Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Christie Edwards is an internationally recognized and published legal expert with over twenty years of experience working on international humanitarian and human rights law, gender, international policy and advocacy, and international community development. Edwards has led successful non-profit management and implementation programs, strategic planning and grants management in senior leadership roles at national and international levels with prominent NGOs and international organizations. Since 2017, Edwards has served as the Deputy Head/Acting Head of the Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, addressing issues of racism, xenophobia, discrimination and hate crimes. Previously, as the Director of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) at the American Red Cross (ARC), Edwards led ARC’s legal education, public, and youth outreach efforts on IHL, directly reaching over 60,000 people per year with a social reach of over 24 million. Finally, Edwards serves as the Co-Chair of the International Organizations Interest Group of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), co-founded ASIL’s Women’s Mentoring Program for over 500 participants worldwide and was recently appointed to Co-Chair the 2021 ASIL Annual Meeting.
She received her JD from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, focused on international human rights law, and her LLM from AU Washington College of Law, with dual specializations in gender and international human rights. Edwards has also worked at a torture treatment clinic for political refugees, served as counsel for asylum seekers, managed and implemented human rights, political advocacy, and civil society building programs in the MENA region following the Arab Spring, and taught courses on International Human Rights, Gender and Conflict, and Women, Rights, & Gender Equality as an Adjunct Professor at TJSL and GWU Elliott School of International Affairs.
Edwards has published law review articles on forced contraception as a form of torture by groups like ISIL, the cultural context of sex trafficking in China, the use of gender budget analysis to achieve educational parity for women and girls, and legal advocacy strategies for women’s rights in Morocco. She also speaks regularly for local and international conferences on international human rights and humanitarian law issues.