Félim McMahon comes to the center from the International Criminal Court where he conducted open source investigations to strengthen prosecutions of grave international crimes, including war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity. He was previously a print journalist in Ireland and then part of a pioneering team that established Storyful, the world’s first social media news agency. Over the past seven years, McMahon has specialized in the discovery and verification of information from online open sources. Having helped build the field in journalism, he is now focused on bringing the same powerful approaches to bear in legal accountability. As the Human Rights Center’s Technology and Human Rights Program Director and Director of the Human Rights Investigations Lab, he is taking a leading role in promoting best practices, fostering cooperation in the space and, of course, training the next generation of human rights investigators through immersive education. His research interests include social movements, comparative genocide studies and media, technology and society.
M.A. in International Relations, Dublin City University (2013)
B.A. in Journalism & French, Dublin City University (1996)