Raquel Vázquez Llorente is a Senior Legal Advisor at eyeWitness, an organisation set up by the International Bar Association that works at the intersection of technology and international justice. eyeWitness has developed award-winning technology that streamlines the documentation process of core international crimes while meeting the general admissibility criteria in court for photo and video evidence. Raquel helps bridge the gap between human rights defenders on the frontlines and investigators or prosecutors, and provides strategic advice on how technology can be leveraged to facilitate justice. Since the launch of eyeWitness in 2015, their dossiers have contributed to investigations and analyses conducted by United Nations commissions, domestic war crimes units and courts, and transnational institutions.
Raquel has worked in conflict and post-conflict environments in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia on a range of international criminal law and human rights issues - mostly focusing on state abuse of power and large scale violations. She is a lawyer and a member of the Justice Rapid Response Roster for the deployment of experts in mass atrocities investigations. Raquel holds an MSc in International Strategy and Diplomacy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and an Advanced Degree in Law and Business Administration from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Her work has been highlighted in Spanish and international media, and she has been recognised in the Forbes 30 under 30 list for her contribution to the field of Law and Policy, and as one of the Choiseul 100 leaders of tomorrow.
Raquel areas of interests are the application of technology to the documentation and investigation of human rights abuses, and the impact of technology in criminal justice. She is also a Visiting Scholar at the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley School of Law. During her time at the Bonavero Institute she will study how digital archives built by first responders and civil society can contribute to justice for the most heinous crimes, and how data sharing with accountability mechanisms can be strengthened.