Elly Page is a Senior Legal Advisor with ICNL, working to improve laws that affect civil society in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) as well as in the United States. Ms. Page currently leads ICNL’s activities in Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, and Sudan, but has provided technical assistance to partners throughout the MENA region on topics including the reform of laws governing public gatherings and peaceful assembly, the lifecycle of civil society organizations (CSOs), and civil society’s access to funding. Her research publications include co-authorship of The State of Civic Freedoms in the Middle East and North Africa: Access to Associational Rights in Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, and Kuwait, a project carried out in cooperation with three regional partners under her coordination. She also serves as an editor of the MENA research reports for the annual Civil Society Sustainability Index; the MENA reports for ICNL’s Civic Freedom Monitor; and—in partnership with the Council on Foundations—the Country Notes Project on the legal frameworks for nonprofit organizations in 35 countries around the world.
In the US, Ms. Page’s work focuses on the legal framework for freedom of assembly. She founded and manages ICNL’s US Protest Law Tracker, which monitors legal initiatives at the state and federal level that limit or chill individuals’ right to peacefully assemble. Working with a broad coalition of partners, she provides technical assistance to support the protection and advancement of assembly rights.
Prior to joining ICNL, Ms. Page served as a Law Fellow with the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, in Cairo, Egypt. Ms. Page previously served three years with the Public International Law & Policy Group in Washington, D.C., where she provided legal and policy assistance to governments and civil society representatives in a number of post-conflict and transitional states in the MENA region. Ms. Page is a graduate of American University Washington College of Law (J.D., cum laude), and Harvard University (B.A., cum laude). She is a member of the New York bar. She has a working fluency in Arabic.