Jacob Mchangama

Director, Justitia

Jacob Mchangama is the founder and executive director of Justitia and a visiting fellow at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education in Washington. In 2018 he was a visiting scholar at Columbia’s Global Freedom of Expression Center. He has commented extensively on free speech and human rights in outlets including the Washington Post, the Wall Street JournalThe EconomistForeign Affairs and Foreign Policy. Jacob has published in academic and peer-reviewed journals, including Human Rights Quarterly, Policy Review, and Amnesty International’s Strategic Studies.

Jacob is the host and narrator of the podcast Clear and Present Danger: a history of free speech and the author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning book, MEN Ytringsfrihedens Historie i Danmark (BUT: The History of Freedom of Expression in Denmark). He is the author and presenter of the short documentary Collision: Free speech and religion (2013). Jacob is a 2016 Marshall Memorial Fellow. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his work on free speech and human rights.

Areas of focus:

- Human Rights
- Freedom of expression
- Private property


2014: Director of Justitia
2008 - 2014 Chief Legal Counsel in CEPOS
2007 - 2008: Attorney at Plesner
2004 - 2007: Paralegal at Eversheds
2005 -2007: Associate Professor in International Human Rights at the University of Copenhagen
2007 : Lecturer in International Human Rights at the University of Copenhagen


Mobile: +45 24 66 42 20
Email:  jacob@justitia-int.org

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