S. Priya Morley

Racial Justice Policy Counsel

S. Priya Morley is the Racial Justice Policy Counsel at the Promise Institute for Human Rights, where she is providing leadership on academic, advocacy, and policy initiatives at the intersection of racial justice and human rights. Drawing on her background in international human rights, and knowledge of critical race theory and Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL), Priya will work alongside Promise Institute faculty and affiliates to synthesize, translate, and disseminate their research in ways that are accessible and engaging to a wider audience. She will also work to connect the Promise Institute with local, national, and transnational coalitions working towards social change. Building on her previous experience, Priya’s own research will continue to explore how race intersects with migration, gender, and climate justice, particularly in the Americas.

Priya joins Promise from NYU School of Law, where she was an Arthur Helton Global Human Rights Fellow, researching the experiences of Black African and Haitian migrants and asylum-seekers in Mexico (including gender-based and racial discrimination). Alongside this role, Priya was advising NYU’s Global Justice Clinic’s Caribbean Climate Justice Project.

Priya holds an LLM in International Legal Studies from NYU, where she was a Vanderbilt Medalist, Transitional Justice Scholar, and Human Rights Scholar. After graduation, she did research on legal empowerment and migration with NYU's Global Justice Clinic and Bernstein Institute for Human Rights, and was an International Law and Human Rights Fellow with the UN Team of Experts on Rule of Law and Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Prior to moving to the US, Priya worked as a litigator and judicial law clerk in Toronto, Canada. She also has previous experience working with civil society organizations on sexual and gender-based violence, women’s and children’s rights, and human rights education. She holds LLB and BCL (common law and civil law) degrees from McGill University and a BA in International Relations from the University of British Columbia.