Legal Researcher and Campaigner
Rachel Hanna joined the Access Info team in 2019 as Legal Researcher and Campaigner, advocating for the universal enjoyment of the right to information. In this role, Rachel runs Access Info’s human rights research and legal analysis projects, using final results to hold government accountable and campaign for change.
Rachel is also currently serving as Director of the Northern Ireland Open Government Network, where she provides strategic leadership to the organisation and ensures its effective management, aiding it to set the foundations for building a more public-focused, participatory, open, and accountable government in Northern Ireland.
With both national and international experience in human rights, Rachel worked in Belfast with two local NGOs, promoting refugee rights, and countering human trafficking. In 2017, she interned at the Executive Office of the UN Secretary General in New York, where she worked in the Sustainable Development Unit focusing on the nationalization of Sustainable Development Goals.
In 2015 Rachel graduated from Queens University Belfast with a degree in Civil and Common Law with Spanish studies, and in 2016 she obtained a Masters in international human Rights Law, specialising in the rights of unaccompanied foreign minors.
Rachel speaks English and Spanish
At Access Info, Rachel has worked on the following projects:
- Access to Information
- Public Procurement Transparency
- Open Company and Beneficial Ownership
- EU Funds Transparency
- Open Government
Articles and Events
- Is the Guardian of the Treaties Doing Enough for EU Transparency? MEPs don’t seem to think so!
- Recommendations for EU Procurement and National Procurement Recommendations
- Briefing note: European Commission’s Impact Assessment on Openness of Company Data
- Transparency in Emergency Procurement: ten recommendations for policy makers, CSC Working Paper No. 8, November
- Opening Up SDG 5: What do we know about Gender Equality?
- Living in Limbo: The life of Refused Asylum Seekers in Northern Ireland
- Acknowledging and Repairing the Moral and Collective Harms of Ethnic Vietnamese of the Khmer Rouge Genocide