Yusmadi Yusoff is the founder of RIGHTS Group and a prominent member of the Malaysian legal community with specialising in law, politics, human rights and international affairs. Called to the Malaysian bar in 1999, Yusmadi trained and practiced as a lawyer in a number of MalaysiaÊs top law firms before joining Fahda Nur & Yusmadi as a partner. He is also an active member of the international legal community, regularly invited by international governments to forums such as the Doha Forum in Qatar, World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg and Forum 2000 in Prague.
He has been appointed to many inter-parliamentarian committees including the Inter- Parliamentary Union, the Malaysia-European Union, the Malaysia-South Korea Caucus and Malaysia-Indonesia Caucus. His human rights activism at the local and international level was duly recognized when he was selected for the International Visitors Leadership Program for Multi Regional Human Rights Advocacy Programme in the US in 2004. Yusmadi is a prolific writer and his views on law and politics are sought after by both print and electronic media in Malaysia.
In the 12th Malaysian general election, Yusmadi was elected as Member of Parliament of Malaysia for Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang and was also appointed as the Special Parliamentary Committee for Anti Corruption by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Yusmadi holds an LL.B (Hons) from International Islamic University Malaysia where he majored in Common Law and Islamic Law. He further pursued postgraduate studies (LL.M) in International Legal Studies with specialization in Human Rights protection. In 2006 he was awarded the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship (Law & Human Rights) scholarship by the Fulbright Commission hosted by American University Washington College of Law, Washington D.C.. In Summer 2008, Yusmadi was selected as Draper Hills Democracy & Development Fellow by the Center on Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law (CDDRL), Stanford University at Palo Alto, California.