Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Project


Who We Are – Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Project



Sanela Diana Jenkins has turned a life of hardship into triumph, as she has developed into a successful business woman, a devoted mother, and a philanthropist. She iscurrently the Chairman, CEO, and founder of the U.S.- and U.K.-based drinks company Neuro.

As a native of Sarajevo, Bosnia, Jenkins lived her childhood and teenage years in the midst of genocide. She lived in the country long enough to graduate from Sarajevo University with a degree in economics. Shortly thereafter, Jenkins was forced to flee her homeland during the conflict in Bosnia, which was responsible for the death of her brother Irnis. Compelled to leave her parents behind, Jenkins found herself as a refugee in London, where she was eventually granted asylum.

It was in England where Jenkins began to lay the groundwork for her future. Jenkins enrolled in London’s City University to further her education. During her schooling, she learned English and worked odd jobs to support her parents back in Sarajevo. Not long after Jenkins discovered her new-found freedom, she met her husband Roger Jenkins, a financial executive in London, who was teaching classes at City University.

Jenkins has dedicated a large part of her attention back to her native land by establishing The Sanela Diana Jenkins Foundation for Bosnia in Memory of Irnis Ćatić. The Foundation, which is closely associated with the funding of the medical school at the University of Sarajevo, aims to provide financial support toward establishing Bosnian schools and orphanages. Additionally, it is instrumental in building homes for the country’s poor, supplying emergency aid & relief, and cleaning the country’s lakes and polluted areas. The Foundation is the largest privately funded Bosnian organization of its kind. In 2008, Jenkins won the Mostar Peace Connection Prize for her humanitarian work.

ICC Prosecutors Fatou Bensouda and Luis Moreno-Ocampo meet with Sanela Diana Jenkins at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.


SteinbergRichard H. Steinberg, Professor of Law, was a White House trade negotiator and then engaged in the private practice of international trade law. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Stanford, as well as a law degree. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Editor-in-Chief of the Human Rights & International Criminal Law Online Forum, and serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of International Law. He writes and teaches in the areas of international law and international relations, currently teaches International Trade Law and International Business Transactions and directs two Law School clinics: the Sanela Diana Jenkins Clinic on Gender Violence in Eastern Congo and the ICC Forum Clinic, which operates in collaboration with the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

Affiliated Faculty and Staff

StempleLara Stemple is the Director of Graduate Studies at UCLA School of Law, where she oversees the law school’s LL.M. (masters) and S.J.D. (doctoral) degree programs and directs the Health and Human Rights Law Project. Stemple teaches and writes in the areas of human rights, global health, gender, sexuality, HIV/AIDS, and incarceration. She is the Deputy co-Director of the UC Global Health Institute’s Center of Expertise on Women’s Health and Empowerment. Before joining UCLA, Stemple was the Executive Director of the human rights organization Just Detention International, and she worked at the Pacific Institute for Women’s Health and the Center for Reproductive Rights.

PeakeJessica Peake, International Human Rights Law Program Manager, joined UCLA Law in Spring 2014.  Prior to coming to UCLA, Jessica was the Executive Director of a women’s rights non-profit in New York and worked in the Defense Services Section at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  She also spent time in The Hague at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.  Jessica has an LL.M in Public International Law from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, and gained an LL.M. with a concentration in human rights from the University of Pennsylvania as a Thouron Scholar.  She is currently completing her SJD thesis on the development of international criminal procedure at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Jessica Peake
Clinical Assistant, Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Law Project
1471 Law Building
(310) 206-8974