Gema Fernández Rodríguez de Liévana

Gema Fernández Rodríguez de Liévana

Managing Attorney

As a Managing Attorney, Gema serves as a senior legal strategist, litigator and initiative leader with significant responsibility to design and lead complex initiatives and manage multidisciplinary teams to achieve project and organizational objectives in line with Women’s Link Worldwide mission.

Gema is a lawyer specialized in the field of human rights. She has extensive experience in litigating cases on violence against women, discrimination and trafficking in persons before national, regional and international authorities. She has also undertaken research into human rights violations in migratory contexts.

Among her publications are Performing Anti-Trafficking: Human Rights, the Security Council and the Disconnect with the WPS Agenda (London School of Economics. Women, Peace and Security), Los estereotipos de género en los procedimientos judiciales por violencia de género (Oñati Socio-Legal), Lost in Translation: Assessment of the (Non)-Implementation of the Trafficking Directive from a Gender Perspective in Spain (Oxford Journal of Human Rights Practice), The fallacy of Gender-Neutral Legal Procedure is Limiting Women’s Access to Justice (London School of Economics. Women, Peace and Security).

Before coming to Women’s Link, Gema worked for a civil and commercial law firm for three years. She also worked at the legal department of Spain’s Institute of Women for a year, where she focused on issues related to equality and non-discrimination. Then she worked at the legal department of the Gender Violence Delegation of the Spanish Government, where her duties included the coordination of gender violence policies under Spanish law. She has taught master-level courses on International Cooperation at the Institute for Cooperation and Development of the Complutense University of Madrid and she occasionally publishes on the topics of Human Rights and gender.

Gema received her law degree and a postgraduate degree in 'International Relations: European Union and Globalization' from the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), where she also obtained the title of Equality Agent, granted by the university’s Institute of Feminist Studies.

She also holds a certificate in International Women’s Human Rights Protection from the Women’s Human Rights Training Institute (Bulgaria). She is currently a visiting fellow at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at London School of Economics (UK).


Madrid, Spain.


Spanish, English, and a little French and Arabic.


Working at Women’s Link gives me the chance to learn and think about law and use it in a way that is in line with my vision of the world, activism, and justice.

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