Director of Programs and General Counsel
Peggy Hicks is an attorney with extensive leadership and teaching experience in human rights law and democratization. At the International Human Rights Law Group, Ms. Hicks is responsible for the development and implementation of IHRLG's programs in Afghanistan/Pakistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Burundi, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Morocco, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, the United States and Yemen. She is also responsible for IHRLG's thematic programs relating to women's human rights and international advocacy.
Prior to joining IHRLG, she served most recently as the Deputy High Representative for Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the highest-ranking international official responsible for implementation of the human rights and democratization aspects of the Dayton Peace Agreement. Prior to her work in Bosnia, Ms. Hicks was the human rights advisor to the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the former Yugoslavia, based in Zagreb, Croatia. She has served as an expert consultant for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on numerous occasions, including teaching human rights training courses and advising on human rights issues in Albania and Sierra Leone.
She has also been a clinical professor of human rights and refugee law at the University of Minnesota Law School, where she established a clinical program that represented clients from more than fifteen countries. As senior counsel at Minnesota's largest private law firm, Ms. Hicks specialized in international litigation practice and legal malpractice defense. From 1987 through 1995, Ms. Hicks was actively involved in the work of the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, where she was a member of the Executive Board, participated in all aspects of the group's broad work in Eastern Europe, and led fact-finding missions to Kosovo, Albania, and Macedonia.
She earned her law degree at Columbia University School of Law and an undergraduate degree in Russian/East European Studies at the University of Michigan.