Victoria Adelmant

Victoria Adelmant
Director of the Digital Welfare State & Human Rights Project
Technology and Human Rights

Victoria Adelmant leads the Center’s work on technology and human rights as the Director of the Digital Welfare State and Human Rights Project. She is also an Adjunct Professor at NYU Law, where she teaches courses relating to emerging technologies and digitalization. 

Her research focuses on how the digital transformation of the state – particularly those parts of the state with which low-income and marginalized groups most interact, such as welfare services – impacts human rights. From the shifting of government services online, to digital ID, to financial technologies and biometrics, her research explores the exclusions which are arising as digital technologies are introduced into state services. She is currently co-authoring a book with Christiaan van Veen and Philip Alston on these topics.

Victoria previously worked for the International Human Rights program of the Oak Foundation and at Minority Rights Group International. She has long sought to combine her experience in international human rights organizations with work within grassroots organizations: she has worked with the United Nations, the European Commission and the Academy of European Law, and has advised asylum-seekers and migrants within service organizations in the United Kingdom and campaigned with Oxfam.

Victoria holds an LLM in International Legal Studies from NYU, where she was a Hauser Global Scholar and a Human Rights Scholar and won the Jerome Lipper Award and the David Moses Memorial Prize. She also holds an LLM from the London School of Economics (Distinction) and a BA in Law with German Law from the University of Oxford (First Class Honors).