Elly Page

Legal Advisor

Washington, D.C. (ICNL Headquarters)


Elly Page is a Legal Advisor at the International Center for Not for-Profit Law (ICNL), implementing projects to support an enabling environment for civil society in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), as well as in the US. Ms. Page has provided technical assistance to civil society partners in more than seven MENA countries in order to improve the laws governing the freedoms of association, assembly, and expression. As part of Ms. Page’s work on civic freedom in the US, she founded and manages ICNL’s US Protest Law Tracker.  

Before joining ICNL, Ms. Page served as a Law Fellow with the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), in Cairo, Egypt, where her practice focused on the protection of civil society in Egypt and the advancement of reforms to enhance freedom of association and assembly. Ms. Page previously served three years as a Consultant and Senior Research Associate to the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG) 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 Middle East and North Africa. Her work focused on constitution drafting and implementing legislation, as well as legal and policy reforms to advance democracy and human rights. As part of her portfolio, Ms. Page advised members of the Libyan Transitional National Council on issues of international recognition, provisional governance, and the drafting of a post-transition constitution. Ms. Page has organized and presented at roundtables and simulations bringing together a range of actors from government and civil society to address specific transitional and democratic reform issues. Ms. Page also has experience in human rights litigation, and served as a Summer Associate on cases related to human rights abuses in Iraq and Afghanistan at the firm Burke O’Neil LLC, in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Page holds a Juris Doctorate cum laude from American University Washington College of Law, where she focused on public international law and human rights law, and a B.A. in History and Literature cum laude from Harvard University. She is a member of the New York bar. She has a working fluency in Arabic.

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