Alison Symington
Co-director of Research and Advocacy

Alison joined the Legal Network staff in September 2007.

Alison’s research, advocacy and education work at the Legal Network focuses primarily on HIV-related women’s rights issues, privacy and discrimination, HIV testing, and the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure. She was co-producer of the Legal Network’s documentary on women and the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure and led the development of a comprehensive judicial handbook on HIV, human rights and the law. She has authored numerous publications, including book chapters, journal articles, community resources, and legislative guidance on women’s rights in the context of HIV.

Previously, she was Manager of Research with the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), working on issues of human rights accountability, and international trade and aid policy,   in collaboration with international human rights and gender equality advocates.

She has also served as a consultant for Amnesty International’s global Stop Violence Against Women campaign, and as an intern for the United Kingdom–based International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights (INTERIGHTS).

Alison holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree (with a major in international development studies) from the University of Guelph, an LL.B. from the University of Toronto, and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from New York University.