LENNOX S. HINDS, J.D.
Lennox S. Hinds, a Professor Emeritus of Law and former Chair of the Administration of Justice Program, Rutgers University, drafted and presented the original Petition on Human Rights Violations in the United
States to the United Nations (UN) on behalf of the sponsoring organizations on December 11, 1978. In addition to his practice as a criminal defense and international human rights lawyer, he was Counsel to Nelson Mandela, the African National Congress (ANC), and the Southwest African Peoples Organization (SWAPO) in the US. He is the permanent Representative to the UN for the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) and formerly served as IADL's vice president.
Before joining Stevens, Hinds and White, PC, as its senior partner, with law offices in New York and New Jersey, Hinds served for many years as National Director of the National Conference of Black Lawyers of the US and Canada. He has represented a number of politically unpopular clients, including Assata Shakur, the New York 8 and victims of police brutality and other governmental lawlessness including the FBI's Counter intelligence Program (COINTELPRO).
Hinds has traveled, written, and lectured extensively in Africa, Europe, Asia and North America on international human rights issues and the impact of racism on the operation of the law, particularly on the criminal justice systems of the US. He is admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court, the International Criminal Court for Rwanda, the International Criminal Court for Yugoslavia, the Permanent International Criminal Court in The Hague and the Special Court for Sierra Leone. He has served on International Commissions of Inquiries and worked for the release of political prisoners in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. He assisted in drafting the Luanda Convention on Mercenaries in Luanda, Angola in 1976.