Melinda Taylor is an Australian attorney –admitted to practice in New York – who specialises in international criminal law and human rights law. Melinda has over 17 years’ experience working for, or appearing as Counsel, before different international Courts and Tribunals, including the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and the International Criminal Court (ICTY, ICTR, and ICC respectively).
During this time, Melinda set up the Office of Public Counsel for the Defence at the ICC, and acted as Counsel for high profile clients such as Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and Jean-Pierre Bemba (the former Vice-President of the Democratic Republic of Congo).
She is a member of the legal team of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, and in that capacity, was involved in submitting a complaint to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, which resulted in a landmark opinion that Mr. Assange should be released and compensated. Melinda also obtained a favourable ruling from the UN in relation to several members of the former Libyan regime, who had been subjected to torture and arbitrary detention. Melinda has a Masters in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford.