Lizzette is the International Programmes Manager at the Law Society of England & Wales, where she is responsible for the Society’s international public interest work in the areas of legal development assistance, the rule of law, gender equality, anti-corruption, and human rights. She designed the International Rule of Law programmes for the Law Society and is leading their implementation.
She researched and wrote the Law Society’s global report “Advocating for Change: Transforming the Future of the Legal Profession though Greater Gender Equality” (June 2019). She is researcher and co-author of the joint Law Society / Bates Wells global report “Practical Toolkit for Women in Law” (March 2021). She also researched and co-authored the report “A Window of Opportunity: Support to the Rule of Law in Guatemala” (March 2020) with ILAC and the Vance Center for International Justice. She is currently conducting country specific research on gender equality on the status of women in the legal profession in several jurisdictions including Guatemala, Mexico, Catalonia (Spain) and China.
Prior to joining the Law Society, Lizzette worked for over 16 years in the international development sector focusing on international policy and advocacy on issues including: the rule of law, gender and women’s rights, business and human rights, governance and parliamentary affairs, statelessness and migration, illegal logging, and the environment. She successfully advocated for the adoption of the EU legislation “(Illegal) Timber Regulation (EU) No 995/2010” and for an EU resolution on “The murder of women (femicide) in Mexico and Central America and the role of the EU in fighting that phenomenon”.
Her academic qualifications include: a LL.B Law (Hons.), a LL.M Human Rights (Merit), and a LL.M International Economics Law, Justice, and Development (Distinction) from Birkbeck (University of London). She is a former Associate Tutor on Constitutional and Administrative Law and a former Associate Lecturer on Public International Law at Birkbeck School of Law where she is also undertaking her PhD Law. Her essay “Are Constitutions relevant in the context of Globalisation?” was published by Birkbeck Law Review. She is a Chartered Manager Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMgr FCMI), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), and a member of The Honourable Society of Inner Temple.