Hossein Raeesi graduated from Shiraz University faculty of Law in 1991 and holds a Master of Criminal Law and Criminology from University of Tehran. He is a defense lawyer specialized in human rights and death penalty cases. As a member of the Human Rights Council and the Bar Association in the province of Fars, Raeesi is the founder of Nedayeh Edalat (Voice of Justice) Legal Association in Shiraz, through which he has been actively involved in training young lawyers and civil society activists in human rights principles. He has defended cases involving women, youth and minorities, and is a Legal Advisor to Iran Human Rights Documentations Center since September, 2012. Raeesi conducted training and webinars on a regular basis and resides in Toronto, Canada.