Carly Nyst is the Legal Director of Privacy International, a London-based NGO dedicated to fighting unlawful surveillance and promoting the right to privacy around the world. In 2015, Privacy International won the first ever case against the British Intelligence Services in the UK’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal, which found Britain had acted unlawfully in sharing intelligence material with the US National Security Agency. In addition to directing PI’s strategic litigation programme, Carly leads advocacy in United Nations human rights mechanisms, and this year successfully coordinated a campaign for the establishment of a new Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy. Carly is a member of the Amnesty International Advisory Council on Technology and Human Rights, and the UN Global Pulse Data Privacy Advisory Group.
Prior to taking up her current position, Carly was previously the Legal Adviser to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, and Visiting Scholar at the Colombia Law School’s Human Rights Institute. She has also worked for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Amnesty International, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute and the Association for Progressive Communications. Carly was an editorial assistant to the authors of the 4th edition of Archbold: International Criminal Courts and regularly writes editorials for The Guardian and The Telegraph.
Carly is an Australian-qualified human rights lawyer, and worked for three years for Brisbane law firm Boe Lawyers (now Boe Williams Anderson) before relocating to Europe in 2008. She has degrees in Law and Arts (International Relations) from the University of Queensland, and an MSc in International Relations (Hons) from the London School of Economics.