Jocelyn Nieva

Senior Legal Advisor - Latin America & the Caribbean

Jocelyn Nieva is ICNL’s Senior Legal Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean, managing projects with partners throughout the region on topics including reform of laws governing civil society organization (CSO) lifecycles, access to funding, and public assemblies. Ms. Nieva works to build new leadership and expertise in the Americas so that local partners can better assess the situation of the rights to freedom of association, assembly, and expression, and work collaboratively on reforms.

Among her recent research publications are a groundbreaking comprehensive Spanish-language Toolkit for CSOs on Financial Action Task Force (FATF) anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism standards and opportunities for CSO engagement, and an assessment of Jamaica’s legal environment for CSOs and social enterprises. Ms. Nieva co-authored Challenges and Opportunities to Promote More Enabling Legal Environments for Civil Society Organizations: A Look at Six Latin American Countries, which was informed by the work of research teams under her coordination. Ms. Nieva organized a regional conference for academics from 15 Latin American countries on teaching CSO Law, and she edited a compilation of articles on teaching CSO Law in Latin American universities. Ms. Nieva collaborated with local partners on two regional hearings before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on legal barriers to freedom of association in the Americas and helped facilitate high-level side-events and workshops on FATF standards and financial exclusion of non-profit organizations at the 2018 and 2019 G20 and C20 Summits.

Prior to joining ICNL in 2007, Ms. Nieva served as Assistant General Counsel of the Inter-American Foundation, an independent agency of the United States Government that promotes grassroots development in Latin America and the Caribbean. In that position, she specialized in federal grants and contracts, ethics, and administrative law in general. Previously, Ms. Nieva worked as a regulatory attorney with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and a private law firm; she also clerked for the Honorable Associate Judge Vanessa Ruiz of the D.C. Court of Appeals. Ms. Nieva is a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude), the University of Texas at Austin (M.A., Latin American Studies) and the George Washington University (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, International Relations). She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.