Human Rights Advocacy in the 21st Century: Reflecting on Emerging Trends, Challenges and Opportunities for Civil Society

Danny Vannucchi, Lecturer in Law at UCLA Law and recent Head of Impact and Learning at Amnesty International, joined Promise Executive Director Kate Mackintosh in conversation to reflect on shifts in the human rights ecosystem, and how big international human rights organizations need to adapt to be effective advocates in today’s world.

Danny Vannucchi is a Lecturer in Law at UCLA School of Law and teaches the course Effective Strategies for Human Rights Advocacy. Vannucchi is a human rights expert and practitioner, working with leading global non-profit organizations over the last 15 years, including Amnesty International and Plan International.

Vannucchi recently led the development of Amnesty International’s eight-year global strategy as Deputy Director of Global Strategy and Impact, guiding the future work of its millions of members and over seventy offices worldwide. In this role, Vannucchi has also overseen Amnesty’s monitoring and evaluation standards, and strategy design practices globally. He has worked for the organization for more than a decade in a variety of senior advocacy roles, gaining expertise and achieving several key campaign wins on the prohibition against torture, corporate abuse, criminal justice reform, the United Nations, and gender equality.

Vannucchi received his B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Florence (Italy), in International Studies, and M.A. in Human Rights from University College London. In 2017, he was awarded the Big Impact award by Third Sector UK for his advocacy work on child marriage in Malawi.