Meet the Fellows

  • Lara Maddah
    • Lara Maddah

    • Year: 2017
    • Location: Mimess, Lebanon
    • Area of Focus: Accountability and Transparency, Youth Empowerment in Lebanon

    Lara Maddah is a Lebanese human rights advocate. She is a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship (2016-2017), and recently gained an LL.M degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Notre Dame. She received a law degree and an advanced degree in Business Law from the Lebanese University in 2015. See Lara 's Full Bio »

  • Lubumba Kamukwamba
    • Lubumba Kamukwamba

    • Year: 2017
    • Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
    • Area of Focus: Administrative Justice, Access to Information, Electoral Reform, Accountability, Transparency and Electoral Reform in southern Africa

    Lubumba is a Zambia-born, South Africa-raised lawyer who is passionate about democracy and the rule of law. She is particularly interested in administrative justice, access to information, and electoral reform. After completing her LL. B degree (cum laude) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, Lubumba practiced at a leading corporate and commercial law firm. She then clerked for Justice Edwin Cameron of the Constitutional Court from 2015-2016. See Lubumba's Full Bio »

  • Michelle Ha
    • Michelle Ha

    • Year: 2017
    • Location: Seattle, Washington
    • Area of Focus: Access to Justice for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

    Michelle Ha is Korean-American and a recent graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was active in the Harvard Immigration Project, serving as its co-president and director of the Harvard chapter of the International Refugee Assistance Project (then, the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project). See Michelle's Full Bio »

  • Racine Ramhurry
    • Racine Ramhurry

    • Year: 2017
    • Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
    • Area of Focus: Gender Equality, Women & Children's Rights

    Racine Ramhurry is a South African attorney and a Franklin Thomas and Michigan Grotius Fellow who she recently graduated with an LL.M from the University of Michigan Law School. Racine previously worked as an attorney in South Africa where she provided assistance to asylum seekers, indigent communities faced with eviction, and victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape. She served as Law Clerk to Chief Justice Mogoeng at the Constitutional Court from 2015 - 2016. See Racine's Full Bio »

  • Siodhbhra Parkin
    • Siodhbhra Parkin

    • Year: 2017
    • Location: Long Beach, California
    • Area of Focus: Gender Equality, Women & Children's Rights, LGBTQIA Rights in China

    Siodhbhra is an Irish-American human rights advocate. A former Fellow at the Yale Law School Paul Tsai China Center, Siodhbhra has an LL.M in Chinese Law from the Renmin University of China. She spent three years at the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in Beijing, where she worked with Chinese civil society groups, law schools, and legal professionals on a range of international legal development projects. See Siodhbhra 's Full Bio »

  • Antonio Tsui
    • Antonio Tsui

    • Year: 2015
    • Location: Siu Sai Wan, Hong Kong
    • Area of Focus: Rights of Persons with Mental and Intellectual Disabilities
    • Organization: Focus Group on Guardianship and Financial Management of Mentally Incapacitated Persons

    Antonio Tsui conducts human rights legal research with the Focus Group on Guardianship and Financial Management of Mentally Incapacitated Persons. In his work, he examines the legal framework of guardianship in different jurisdictions, the rights of mentally incapacitated persons, specifically surrounding financial management. He also organizes study groups centered on these legal issues. See Antonio's Full Bio »

  • Deyaa Alrwishdi

    Deyaa Alrwishdi is a lawyer and human rights activist currently working as a Human Rights Researcher for the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies.  In this role, Deyaa documents human rights violations from the Syrian conflict and develops thematic reports on the trends and patterns of these violations. See Deyaa's Full Bio »

  • Dmitri Holtzman

    Dmitri Holtzman is the Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Education Law Centre (EELC). EELC is dedicated to advancing the right to basic education through strategic litigation and advocacy in South Africa. Prior to his work with EELC, Dmitri worked with Equal Education, a movement seeking to address poor quality and inequality in education. See Dmitri's Full Bio »

  • Gustavo Miranda Antonio

    Gustavo Miranda Antonio was a lawyer with the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), focusing specifically on strategic litigation within the Inter-American System. In this role, Gustavo primarily litigated cases related to accountability for serious human rights abuses committed by state agents during the military regime in Brazil. See Gustavo's Full Bio »

  • Hou Ping (Hoping)
    • Hou Ping (Hoping)

    • Year: 2015
    • Location: Suzhou, China
    • Area of Focus: LGBTQI Rights
    • Organization: LesGo

    Hoping is the founder and Vice President of LesGo, a nonprofit organization working on LGBTQI rights in China. LesGo advocates for recognition of and equality for the LGBTQI community in Suzhou and surrounding areas. In her role as Vice President, Hoping focuses on community research and rights advocacy.  See Hoping's Full Bio »

  • Liu Jiajia
    • Liu Jiajia

    • Year: 2015
    • Location: Shenzhen, China
    • Area of Focus: Rights of Persons with Mental and Intellectual Disabilities
    • Organization: Equity and Justice Initiative

    Liu Jiajia was the Research and Advocacy Coordinator for Equity and Justice Initiative (EJI). EJI is a public interest law NGO dedicated to promoting human rights for persons with psychosocial disabilities in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). In her role with EJI, Jiajia has participated in legal research, case interventions, project implementation and has played a large role in connecting the organization with other civil society groups and individuals. See Liu's Full Bio »

  • Mahmoud Belal

    Mahmoud Belal is the Vice President of the Criminal Justice Unit at the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR). In this role, Mahmoud defends protestors and works on cases related to freedom of expression, labor rights, refugee rights, and torture. See Mahmoud's Full Bio »

  • Samnang Meas

    Samnang Meas is the Secretary General of the NGO Coalition on the Rights of the Child (NGOCRC), an alliance of national and international NGOs advocating for child rights in Cambodia in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. In his role as Secretary General, Samnang advocates for the creation of laws and policies to promote and protect the rights of the child at the national level. See Samnang's Full Bio »

  • Valentina Frolova
    • Valentina Frolova

    • Year: 2015
    • Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
    • Area of Focus: LGBTQI Rights, Women’s Rights

    Valentina Frolova is an attorney with a focus on women's rights and LGBTQI rights. She provides legal consultations, represents victims of gender-based violence in criminal proceedings, and organizes trainings on women’s rights issues for lawyers, social workers and psychologists. See Valentina's Full Bio »

  • Yu-Ju Lin (Jenny)

    Jenny Yu-Ju Lin is a pro bono Legal Consultant for the Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (TFCF) and Research Assistant at the National Yang-Ming University, STS Institute. In her role with TFCF, Jenny focuses on legal and political advocacy around the rights of the child, as well as NGO partnership development for the organization. See Jenny's Full Bio »

  • Adel Ramadan

    Adel is a Senior Legal Officer with the Civil Liberties Unit of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), an organization that uses research, advocacy and litigation to address rights violations in Egypt. In this role, Adel is involved in developing the strategic and action plans of the Unit, exploring areas for strategic litigation, conducting legal research and providing legal assistance to victims of violations. See Adel 's Full Bio »

  • Anietie Ewang

    Anietie is a Staff Attorney with the Social and Economic Rights Action Center (SERAC), a Lagos-based organization focused on the promotion and protection of economic, social and cultural rights in Nigeria. In her role with SERAC, Anietie conducts legal research, documents human rights violations and litigates cases on behalf of victims of human rights violations. See Anietie 's Full Bio »

  • Bunthea Keo

    Bunthea is the Human Rights Advisor to the Cambodian Human Rights Task Force (CHRTF), where he works on monitoring and fact-finding efforts, and has played a key role in designing many monitoring initiatives. He has also worked with a number of other Cambodian human rights organizations, including the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC), the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights and international organizations such as the International Labor Organizations and Intervida World Alliance. Bunthea’s work has also taken him outside Cambodia, working for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal and also the UN/African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). See Bunthea 's Full Bio »

  • Eleonora Davidyan

    Eleonora is the head of the Memorial Human Rights Center project, “Legal Clinic for Applicants to the European Court of Human Rights”. In this role, she develops and leads seminars for lawyers and law students on the practice and procedures of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), teaches interns how to take cases to the ECtHR and develops strategies for broadening the scope of the project’s work. See Eleonora 's Full Bio »

  • Lap Tien Nguyen

    Lap is a business law lecturer and Senior Executive Partner at NH Quang & Associates, a commercial law firm in Hanoi with a strong dedication to the public interest. In this role he has worked on many activities and projects to promote human rights and the rule of law in Vietnam, including but not limited to, drafting policies and regulations on environmental protection. See Lap 's Full Bio »

  • Liu Wei

    Liu Wei is a lawyer at the Henan Boyang Law Firm and chief coordinator at the Public Interest Collaborative Network for Women Lawyers in China. Wei is one of the founders of the Collaborative Network. See Liu 's Full Bio »

  • Shankar Limbu

    Shankar is a human rights attorney with the Lawyers’ Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP) and a leader in his field. In his role with LAHURNIP, Shankar provides free legal aid services and works to promote, protect and defend the human rights of indigenous peoples in Nepal. See Shankar 's Full Bio »

  • Sima Jallad

    Sima is a legal advisor with Al Mustakbal Foundation for Strategic and Policy Studies, an institution that addresses economic, legal and regulatory issues in Palestine. She provides pro bono services to individuals and charities as well as legal consultations to individuals and international organizations. See Sima 's Full Bio »

  • Yu Fangqiang
    • Yu Fangqiang

    • Year: 2014
    • Location: Nanjing, China
    • Area of Focus: Information Transparency
    • Organization: Justice for All

    Yu Fangqiang is the Founder and Executive Director of Justice for All (FJA), a policy advocacy NGO in China. Fangqiang has played a major role in advocating for government transparency and fighting discrimination in China. His primary focus is on food safety standards and discrimination against people living with disabilities or HIV/AIDS. Before founding JFA, Fangqiang effectively advocated for reform of discriminatory policies surrounding Hepatitis B, benefitting at least 100 million people and 30 million families in China. See Yu's Full Bio »

  • Yu-Shiou Chou (Clarence)

    Yu-Shiou is an attorney with an MA in Law from National Chengchi University. He is the Executive Commissioner of the Judicial Reform Foundation (JRF), which seeks to advance legal reform in Taiwan. In this role he participates in the foundation’s programmatic and litigation efforts. See Yu-Shiou's Full Bio »

  • Zhao Jingwei

    Zhao Jingwei is the Director of the Environment, Energy and Nature Resources Department at the Beijing Yingke Law Firm, a commercial law firm well-known for its engagement in pro bono services. Jingwei is very passionate about environmental advocacy and has successfully litigated several pro bono environmental cases. See Zhao 's Full Bio »

  • Adaobi Egboka

    Adaobi Egboka is the executive programmes director of Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP), an NGO engaged in the legal promotion and protection of human rights, the rule of law, and good governance in Nigeria. She is responsible for organizational focus and growth, oversees LEDAP’s advocacy strategy, delivers pro bono legal services to survivors of human rights abuses, and manages all legal and program staff. See Adaobi 's Full Bio »

  • Anastasia Kumaritova
    • Anastasia Kumaritova

    • Year: 2013
    • Location: Moscow, Russia
    • Area of Focus: Public Interest Law
    • Organization: Evolution and Philanthropy Company

    Anastasia Kumaritova is the legal work executive at the Russian branch of the Evolution and Philanthropy Company (U.K.). Anastasia conducts seminars and trainings for legal professionals working in both domestic and international NGOs in Russia. She analyzes current and proposed legislation regarding non-profit sector regulations for submission to relevant governing bodies, and provides legal counsel to the organization. She also works with the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, preparing legal advice and opinions for bills up for adoption by the legislature. See Anastasia 's Full Bio »

  • Azza Soliman

    Azza Soliman co-founded and chairs the board of trustees for the Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance (CEWLA) in Cairo. CEWLA provides free legal, social, and psychological services to women and marginalized groups, and advocates for improved protections of their rights. Azza, an acclaimed leader in her field, has worked with CEWLA for a decade and has more than 20 years of experience in the field of women’s rights in Egypt. Azza received degrees in human rights and civil society studies from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science and an LL.B. from Cairo University. See Azza's Full Bio »

  • Bal Krishna Basnet

    Bal Krishna Basnet is the documentation officer with the Informal Sector Service Center (INSEC) in Nepalgunj, Nepal. He is responsible for providing direct legal services to underserved communities and managing various aspects of the organization’s communications strategy. Prior to 2008, when he began work with INSEC, Bal Krishna was a human rights officer with the Kathmandu-based NGO INHURED International, which advocates on behalf of various marginalized communities in Nepal. He earned an LL.B. from Nepal Law Campus and bachelors and masters degrees in sociology from Tri-Chandra Multiple College. See Bal Krishna's Full Bio »

  • Bunthoeun Suon

    Bunthoeun Suon is the project coordinator of the Human Rights Defenders Project with the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) in Phnom Penh. As a project coordinator, Bunthoeun participates in the project’s strategic development and provides risk management plan development support to human rights defenders. See Bunthoeun's Full Bio »

  • Cheng Qian

    Cheng Qian is a program director with the Wuhan University Public Interest and Development Law Institute (PIDLI) in China. In this role, Mr. Cheng has designed, coordinated, and otherwise contributed to the implementation of human rights and public interest law programs within Wuhan University and has been a contributing author and editor of various law journals. He has an LL.B. and LL.M. from Wuhan University, and received a graduate certificate from the Johns Hopkins University—Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies. See Qian's Full Bio »

  • Lama Karame

    Lama Karame is a researcher and board member with Legal Agenda in Beirut. She conducts socio-legal research, the findings of which she presents in the organization’s journals, helps to lead a variety of legal seminars and workshops. Prior to this, Lama interned with the United Nations Development Programme, the Lebanese Parliament, and the Lebanese State Counsel. She received an LL.B. from Saint Joseph University’s program in public law and a bachelor’s of sociology from the Lebanese University. See Lama's Full Bio »

  • Meng Qihong

    Meng Qihong is an associate professor, dean of the International Law Department, and the deputy executive director of the Legal Clinic Program at the Harbin University of Commerce School of Law in China. In these roles, Ms. Meng teaches legal courses and is involved in curriculum development for the law school’s clinical courses. In addition to her rich experience within academia, Ms. Meng also works as a part-time private lawyer with the Heilongjiang Far East Lawyer Group. See Qihong's Full Bio »

  • Alghiffari Aqsa
    • Alghiffari Aqsa

    • Year: 2012
    • Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
    • Area of Focus: Legal Aid
    • Organization: LBH Jakarta (Jakarta Legal Aid Institute)

    Alghiffari Aqsa is a staff lawyer in the community legal empowerment department of the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) in Indonesia. His efforts there focus on training paralegals, who can undergo relatively short training programs to become qualified to provide direct legal services to clients in need, thus helping to close the gap between the high demand and low supply of legal practitioners in Indonesia. Alghiffari is also involved in community outreach programs, including advocacy campaigns, demonstrations, and workshops that encourage public discussion and participation. See Alghiffari's Full Bio »

  • Grace Ketefe

    Grace Ketefe is the director of gender and legal aid programs at the Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) in Nigeria, where she is responsible for coordinating the women access to justice program and the women and peace building project. Her work involves providing legal counsel and pro bono services for women who have suffered human rights abuses. See Grace's Full Bio »

  • Jyoti Poudel
    • Jyoti Poudel

    • Year: 2012
    • Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
    • Area of Focus: Women's Rights
    • Organization: Consortium for Women's Rights

    Jyoti Poudel has nearly 20 years of experience protecting women’s rights in Nepal. Currently, she chairs the Consortium for Women’s Rights (CWR), an organization that provides direct legal services and builds the capacity of women to protect their own legal rights. Through her work with CWR, Jyoti provides professional development opportunities for female lawyers. Additionally, she advocates for policies that protect women’s rights and seeks to educate women about their legal rights and mechanisms for protecting them. See Jyoti's Full Bio »

  • Mariya Oborina
    • Mariya Oborina

    • Year: 2012
    • Location: Perm, Russia
    • Area of Focus: Public Interest Law
    • Organization: Foundation “Center of Civil Analysis and Independent Research (Center GRANI)”

    Mariya Oborina is an expert with the Centre of Civic Analysis and Independent Research in Perm, Russia, where she researches and analyzes legislation and provides policy recommendations that center around the protection of human rights. Prior to this, she acted as a chief manager with the research and information department at the Office of the Human Rights Commissioner, also in Perm. See Mariya's Full Bio »

  • Raymond Salas
    • Raymond Salas

    • Year: 2012
    • Location: Davao City, Philippines
    • Area of Focus: Business and Human Rights
    • Organization: Saligan (Alternative Legal Assistance Center)

    Raymond Salas is a lawyer with the Alternative Legal Assistance Center (SALIGAN) in the Philippines. He works with marginalized groups in Mindanao on community issues relating to job security, human rights, the environment, and tenurial land security. Through his work with SALIGAN, Raymond has spearheaded local peace initiatives and legal empowerment of the poor in Mindanao. See Raymond's Full Bio »

  • Su Wenying

    Su Wenying is a project manager with Save the Children’s China program. Her work involves creating child protection projects for marginalized youth, with an emphasis on setting up a comprehensive community-based child protection mechanism that can be replicated as a sustainable model. See Su's Full Bio »

  • Yara Jalajel
    • Yara Jalajel

    • Year: 2012
    • Location: Ramallah, Palestine
    • Area of Focus: Rights for the Disabled
    • Organization: Adalah Advocates and Legal Studies

    Yara Jalajel is a project manager and legal staffer with Adalah Advocates and Legal Studies, an independent law firm in Ramallah, Palestine, that litigates and consults on policy reform issues in order to promote the public interest. See Yara's Full Bio »

  • Zheng Ruheng
    • Zheng Ruheng

    • Year: 2012
    • Location: Kunming, China
    • Area of Focus: Legal Aid
    • Organization: Legal Aid Center of Panlong District of Kunming

    Zheng Ruheng is the deputy director and a legal aid lawyer with the Legal Aid Center of the Panlong district of Kunming, Yunnan Province, in China. She coordinates the provision of legal aid across the district, supervises the center’s legal aid cases, and administers direct legal services to clients. See Zheng's Full Bio »

  • Bidhata Poudel

    Bidhata Poudel has devoted her legal career to confronting caste discrimination in Nepal. As a legal and policy officer at the Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO), she provides legal services to victims of caste and gender discrimination with a focus on cases related to the Dalit community, a social group traditionally regarded as untouchable within Nepali society. Bidhata is also treasurer of Public Interest Law Advocacy and Litigation Nepal (PILAL). PILAL was established and is run by the PILnet International Fellows of Nepal; the organization aims to advance human rights in Nepal through litigation and advocacy and works in close partnership with PILnet. See Bidhata's Full Bio »

  • Hala Deeb

    Hala Deeb is a practicing lawyer in Amman, Jordan, and a legal consultant for the Jordanian Women's Union, an NGO dedicated to the abolition of gender discrimination and the promotion of human rights. She provides legal advice for women and lectures on women’s rights issues. Hala also serves as the regional legal consultant on two projects fighting the exploitation and abuse of migrant workers and the trafficking of women. See Hala 's Full Bio »

  • Idayat Hassan

    Idayat Hassan is a senior program officer at the Centre for Democracy and Development West Africa (CDD), where she helps develop and implement projects promoting empowerment and democratization in West Africa. See Idayat's Full Bio »

  • Kseniya Kirichenko

    Kseniya Kirichenko is legal assistance program coordinator and project coordinator, respectively, for the St. Petersburg-based LGBT organizations Coming Out and Rainbow. Prior to this, she was the legal assistance program coordinator at the Russian LGBT Network, an inter-regional human rights NGO working for equality for all people regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. Kseniya remains active with the Russian LGBT Network, serving on its board of directors and helping with strategic planning and fundraising. See Kseniya's Full Bio »

  • Li Kefeng (Coco)
    • Li Kefeng (Coco)

    • Year: 2011
    • Location: Beijing, China
    • Area of Focus: Migrant Rights
    • Organization: Beijing Zhicheng Migrant Workers’ Legal Aid and Research Center (BZMW)

    Li Kefeng is a public interest lawyer and project manager at Beijing Zhicheng Migrant Workers’ Legal Aid and Research Center (BZMW). She provides migrant workers with free legal advice, representation, and legal education, and supports BZMW’s mission of enhancing legal aid for migrant workers, with the ultimate aim of establishing a national network for the protection of migrant workers’ rights. See Li's Full Bio »

  • Oanh Ngo

    Oanh Ngo teaches at the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice’s Judicial Academy, a mandatory training institution for anyone wishing to become a lawyer, judge, prosecutor, or other judicial official in Vietnam. She is also head of the School of Legal Consultancy's Lawyers Training Department and chairs a legal clinic providing legal assistance for indigent and child offenders. See Oanh 's Full Bio »

  • Rawan Mohammed
    • Rawan Mohammed

    • Year: 2011
    • Location: Ramallah, Palestine
    • Area of Focus: Women's Rights
    • Organization: Palestinian Non-Governmental Organization Against Domestic Violence Against Women (Al Muntada)

    Rawan Mohammed is a coordinator for the Palestinian Non-Governmental Organization Against Domestic Violence Against Women (Al Muntada) where she works to raise public awareness of violence against women and their marginalization in the public sphere. See Rawan's Full Bio »

  • Siti Aminah

    Siti Aminah is a program officer at the Indonesian Legal Resource Center (ILRC), where she implements a program aimed at legal aid reform, social justice, and human rights awareness in Indonesia. In this role, she supports legal clinics at law faculties across Indonesia in order to increase access to justice for marginalized groups. See Siti's Full Bio »

  • Song Jing (Lisa)

    Song Jing is the project coordinator for the World Resources Institute’s Climate and Energy Program. In this role, Ms. Song conducts research, focusing on public participation in environmental justice activism. Prior to this, she was a project officer with the Environmental Legal Service Center of the All-China Environment Federation (ACEF), an organization that protects public environmental rights through pro bono legal aid. See Song's Full Bio »

  • Milena Banic
    • Milena Banic

    • Year: 2010
    • Location: Belgrade, Serbia
    • Area of Focus: Children's Rights
    • Organization: Child Rights Centre

    Milena Banic is Program Coordinator at the Child Rights Centre (CRC), a Serbian NGO, where she advocates for the protection of children's rights in family law and the criminal and legal protection of juvenile perpetrators. Her work at CRC also includes providing trainings on children's rights awareness to staff members of NGOs and various governmental ministries. Milena is also a lawyer at NGO Astra - Anti Trafficking Action, where she provides legal advice and represents victims of human trafficking in court. See Milena's Full Bio »

  • Pultoni

    Pultoni is Program Manager for the Indonesian Legal Resource Center (ILRC) and a lecturer of citizenship and constitutional law at Attahiriyah Islamic University in Jakarta. With ILRC, Pultoni has helped promote human rights and social justice in Indonesia's legal education system. See Pultoni's Full Bio »

  • Shiva Prasad Paudel

    Shiva Prasad Paudel works as a staff attorney for Pro Public in Kathmandu, Nepal, where he litigates and researches on behalf of the public interest. In addition to this, he is a member and advisor for Forum for Justice, also in Kathmandu. As a legal expert and human rights advocate, Shiva is a critical player in promoting access to justice by lobbying and organizing with stakeholders on issues of judicial compliance and good governance. See Shiva's Full Bio »

  • Theresia Sri Endras Iswarini (Rini)

    Theresia (Rini) Sri Endras Iswarini is Programme Officer with the Rights and Citizens department of HIVOS' Southeast Asia Regional Office and is the board secretary for Kapal Perempuan (Circle of Women Alternative Education), where she previously worked as Program Coordinator for Advocacy Development on Women and Pluralism Issues. Rini has over twelve years of experience advocating for women's rights in Indonesia, starting her career in 1998 as a public interest lawyer for the South Sumatra Legal Aid Foundation, where she provided legal assistance to women and other marginalized groups. See Rini's Full Bio »

  • Vanessa Nwanguma

    Vanessa Nwanguma is Program Officer at the Center for the Right to Health's Legal Department in Lagos, Nigeria, where she also serves as a legal assistant. The Center for the Right to Health is a non-profit organization that advocates for the full realization of the right to health in Nigeria and promotes respect for ethics and human rights in healthcare policies and practices, especially for vulnerable groups. See Vanessa's Full Bio »

  • Yao Jun (Brian)
    • Yao Jun (Brian)

    • Year: 2010
    • Location: Guangzhou, China
    • Area of Focus: Pro Bono
    • Organization: Dacheng Law Office

    Yao Jun (Brian) recently joined China’s Dacheng Law Offices. Prior to this, he was a partner at the Zhong Lun Law Firm, where he established pro bono programs and public services through the Zhong Lun Charitable Foundation.  See Yao's Full Bio »

  • Zhang Zhongmin
    • Zhang Zhongmin

    • Year: 2010
    • Location: Wuhan, China
    • Area of Focus: Environmental Protection
    • Organization: Environmental and Resources Law Institute, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law

    Zhang Zhongmin is an assistant professor of law at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan, China, where he previously served as a research fellow of environmental and resource law. Mr. Zhang’s work has focused on environmental legal reforms and environmental public interest litigation. See Zhang's Full Bio »

  • Elena Romanyak
    • Elena Romanyak

    • Year: 2009
    • Location: Voronezh, Russia
    • Area of Focus: Rights for People Living with HIV/AIDS
    • Organization: Anti-AIDS Center

    Elena Romanyak has been working as Project Coordinator at the Anti-AIDS Center in Voronezh where she focuses on addressing the legal challenges faced by those served by Center. Elena works in partnership with local governmental, non-governmental and human rights advocacy groups to advance the projects of the Anti-AIDS Center. See Elena's Full Bio »

  • Folusho Shado
    • Folusho Shado

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    • Year: 2009
    • Location: Lagos, Nigeria
    • Area of Focus: Economic, Social, Cultural Rights
    • Organization: Justice Research Institute, People's Advice Center

    Folusho De-Grata Shado has been Program Coordinator with the Justice Research Institute of Nigeria and Programs Manager at the People's Advice Center in Lagos, Nigeria. In 2005 she volunteered with the International Secretariat of Amnesty International in London, where she focused on legal issues concerning violence against women. See Folusho's Full Bio »

  • Gambhir Singh Air
    • Gambhir Singh Air

    • Year: 2009
    • Location: Dhanghadi, Nepal
    • Area of Focus: Legal Aid
    • Organization: Justice for All - Dhangadhi

    Gambhir Singh Air recently established Justice for All along with PILnet International Fellow Sarmila Shrestha and six other public interest lawyers. Justice for All provides legal aid to citizens in need in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Dhangadhi. Gambhir is based in Dhangadhi, where he provides legal aid to poor and marginalized women. In addition to his work with Justice for All, Gambhir is secretary of Public Interest Law Advocacy and Litigation Nepal (PILAL). PILAL was established and is run by the PILnet International Fellows of Nepal; the organization aims to advance human rights in Nepal through litigation and advocacy and works in close partnership with PILnet. See Gambhir's Full Bio »

  • Huang Xuetao
    • Huang Xuetao

    • Year: 2009
    • Location: Shenzhen, China
    • Area of Focus: Rights for the Disabled
    • Organization: Equity and Justice Initiative

    Huang Xuetao is one of China's foremost advocates for reforming mental disability law and is president of the Equity and Justice Initiative (EJI), an organization in Shenzhen, China, that she founded immediately after returning from her PILnet Fellowship in 2010. The impact of advocacy by Ms. Huang and EJI is reflected in a national mental health law, passed in late 2012, that for the first time addresses the rights of the mentally disabled. See Huang's Full Bio »

  • Regina Shakirova
    • Regina Shakirova

    • Year: 2009
    • Location: Kazan, Russia
    • Area of Focus: Human Rights
    • Organization: Kazan Human Rights Center

    Regina Shakirova is currently an attorney for the Kazan Human Rights Center (KHRC) in Kazan, Russia. Prior to joining KHRC in 2007, Regina worked at the Legal Clinic of the Academy of Management TISBI in Kazan, first as a trainee consultant and then as the clinic's manager. See Regina's Full Bio »

  • Sarmila Shrestha
    • Sarmila Shrestha

    • Year: 2009
    • Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
    • Area of Focus: Legal Aid
    • Organization: Justice for All

    Sarmila Shrestha recently established Justice for All along with PILnet International Fellow Gambhir Singh Air and six other public interest lawyers. Justice for All provides legal aid to citizens in need in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Dhangadhi. The organization plans to expand its work to include capacity building for public interest lawyers through legal education, and to include corporate social responsibility in its areas of focus.  In addition to her work with Justice for All, Sarmila is also a member of Public Interest Law Advocacy and Litigation Nepal (PILAL). PILAL was established and is run by the PILnet International Fellows of Nepal; the organization aims to advance human rights in Nepal through litigation and advocacy and works in close partnership with PILnet. See Sarmila's Full Bio »

  • Scholastica Anyingoh Fotabong
    • Scholastica Anyingoh Fotabong

    • Year: 2009
    • Location: Southwest Province, Cameroon
    • Area of Focus: Human Rights, Women's and Children's Rights
    • Organization: Youth Human Rights Watch Committee (YHRWC)

    Since 2004, Scholastica Anyingoh Fotabong has worked as Litigation and Research Officer of the Youth Human Rights Watch Committee (YHRWC) and Legal Adviser of the Self-Empowerment Foundation (SEF) in Muyuka, Cameroon. She is also a partner in the public interest law firm Fotabonche - Nkodem. Both organizations focus on human rights protection and the collective rights of particular social groups, for example, women and children. See Scholastica's Full Bio »

  • Xia Hui
    • Xia Hui

    • Year: 2009
    • Location: Beijing, China
    • Area of Focus: Legal Aid
    • Organization: Legal Aid Center, Ministry of Justice

    Xia Hui works at the Legal Aid Center of China's Ministry of Justice, where her work includes providing direct legal aid as well as conducting policy-oriented research. At present, she manages the cooperation between the Ministry and foreign organizations involved in legal aid and public interest affairs. See Xia's Full Bio »

  • Chen Dong

    Chen Dong is a project officer with the Canadian Bar Association, where he works on the Legal Aid for Marginalized Groups in China project. Prior to this, he was the training coordinator for International Bridges to Justice in Beijing. See Chen's Full Bio »

  • Kolawole Ogunbiyi (Kola)

    Kolawole Ogunbiyi is a Senior Lawyer with Avocats Sans Frontieres (Lawyers Without Borders) - France in Abuja, Nigeria.  Prior to this, he was the Program Coordinator at the Legal Resources Consortium. See Kola's Full Bio »

  • Magdalena Ustaborowicz
    • Magdalena Ustaborowicz

    • Year: 2008
    • Location: Lodz, Poland
    • Area of Focus: Clinical Legal Education
    • Organization: University of Lodz

    Magdalena Ustaborowicz is a PhD candidate at the University of Lodz in Poland. For the past six years, she has been involved in the university's legal clinics, and currently acts as the Supervisor of the Student Legal Information Center. See Magdalena's Full Bio »

  • Rabin Subedi
    • Rabin Subedi

    • Year: 2008
    • Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
    • Area of Focus: Human Rights
    • Organization: Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) Nepal office

    Rabin Subedi is a national legal consultant with the Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) Nepal office in Kathmandu and the general secretary of Public Interest Law Advocacy and Litigation Nepal (PILAL). PILAL was established and is run by the PILnet International Fellows of Nepal; the organization aims to advance human rights in Nepal through litigation and advocacy and works in close partnership with PILnet. See Rabin's Full Bio »

  • Sawsan Zaher
    • Sawsan Zaher

    • Year: 2008
    • Location: Haifa, Israel
    • Area of Focus: Minority Rights
    • Organization: Adalah The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel

    Sawsan Zaher is the director of the Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights Unit at Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, specializing in social and economic rights and education for the Arab minority in Israel. A leading voice for the rights of Palestinian citizens in Israel, she has worked with Adalah since 2005. As a human rights lawyer, Sawsan has litigated precedent-setting constitutional law cases before Israel's Supreme Court. She has been named a 2013 Yale University World Fellow.See Sawsan's Full Bio »

  • Ye Xiaoqin
    • Ye Xiaoqin

    • Year: 2008
    • Location: Wuhan, China
    • Area of Focus: Human Rights
    • Organization: Center for Protection of the Rights of Disadvantaged Citizens (CPRDC), Wuhan University

    Ye Xiaoqin is a professor of constitutional law at Wuhan University School of Law. Ms. Ye also works part-time as a practicing attorney at a local law firm and is the secretary general of the Ma Ke-chang Jurisprudence Foundation. In the past, she served as the executive head of the Women's Rights Department of the Center for Protection of the Rights of Disadvantaged Citizens of Wuhan University. There, her academic research focused on a variety of criminal law issues and frameworks, as well as women's rights law and theory. See Ye's Full Bio »

    • Adel Badir

    • Year: 2007
    • Location: Haifa, Israel
    • Area of Focus: Minority Rights
    • Organization: Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights

    Adel Badir is a staff attorney, specializing in citizenship rights, religious rights, and land and planning rights at Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.See Adel's Full Bio »

  • Chudamani Acharya
    • Chudamani Acharya

    • Year: 2007
    • Location: , Nepal
    • Area of Focus: Legal Aid
    • Organization: Advocacy Forum Nepal

    Chudamani Acharya is an advocate with a long history of regular court practice in Nepal. He is a former Vice-President of the Nepal Bar Association, Central Committee (2000-2003). He also served as Chairman of Human Rights Alliance Nepal's Eastern Regional Committee and was President of Forum for Human Rights and Environment (FOHREn) Nepal. See Chudamani's Full Bio »

  • Daniel da Silva Bento Teixeira
    • Daniel da Silva Bento Teixeira

    • Year: 2007
    • Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
    • Area of Focus: Constitutional Law and Affirmative Action
    • Organization: Center for Studies of the Work Relations and Inequalities (CEERT)

    Daniel da Silva Bento Teixeira is a juridical consultant at the Center for Studies of the Work Relations and Inequalities (CEERT), in Sao Paulo. CEERT’s mission is to qualify knowledge production with intervention programs within racial and gender relations, creating equal opportunities and effectiveness in citizenship practices. See Daniel's Full Bio »

    • Gopal Nath Yogi

    • Year: 2007
    • Location: Nepalganj, Nepal
    • Area of Focus: Human Rights
    • Organization: Bheri Environmental Excellence Group

    Gopal Nath Yogi is the executive director of the Bheri Environmental Excellence Group (BEE-Group) and the vice-president of Public Interest Law Advocacy and Litigation Nepal (PILAL). PILAL was established and is run by the PILnet International Fellows of Nepal; the organization aims to advance human rights in Nepal through litigation and advocacy and works in close partnership with PILnet. Gopal’s work with the BEE-Group includes fact-finding on violations of human rights, public advocacy and policy analysis on human rights and humanitarian issues, and public interest litigation on human rights issues. See Gopal's Full Bio »

    • Li Xia

    • Year: 2007
    • Location: Beijing, China
    • Area of Focus: Legal Aid
    • Organization: Institute of Law at the Chinese Academy for Social Sciences

    Li Xia is a researcher with the Institute of Law at the Chinese Academy for Social Sciences, where she focuses on legal reform issues. Prior to this, Ms. Li served as  a staff lawyer with the Dongfang Public Interest and Legal Aid Law Firm. See Li's Full Bio »

    • Rafal Golab

    • Year: 2007
    • Location: Wroclaw, Poland
    • Area of Focus: Clinical Legal Education
    • Organization: Wroclaw University

    Rafal Golab is a postgraduate research scholar at the Faculty of Law, Administration and Economy at Wroclaw University, and also serves as Coordinator of the Wroclaw University Legal Clinic. See Rafal's Full Bio »

  • Szilvia Gyurko
    • Szilvia Gyurko

      Szilvia's Story
    • Year: 2007
    • Location: Budapest, Hungary
    • Area of Focus: Children's Rights, Clinical Legal Education
    • Organization: ELTE School of Law

    Szilvia Gyurko is the director of UNICEF Hungary. She is also a clinical professor and the head of the Legal Clinic Program at the Center for Professional Practice—a program that addresses family and child advocacy, which she set up upon her return from her PILnet Fellowship—in the Department of Legal Sociology at Eotvos Lorand University (ELTE) School of Law in Budapest. See Szilvia's Full Bio »

  • Yao Yao
    • Yao Yao

    • Year: 2007
    • Location: Beijing, China
    • Area of Focus: Rights for People Living with HIV/AIDS, Environmental Protection
    • Organization: Civil Society Watch

    Yao Yao is Director of Law and Public Participation at Civil Society Watch in Beijing. Mr. Yao’s work includes advocacy for the rights of people suffering from AIDS and advocacy on environmental protection in China. He fulfils his mission through the development of public hearings, litigation and capacity building with other NGOs. See Yao's Full Bio »

    • Li Gang (Paul)

    • Year: 2006
    • Location: Beijing, China
    • Area of Focus: Public Interest Law
    • Organization: Beijing Impact Law Firm

    Li Gang (Paul) is founder and a board member of the Beijing Impact Law Firm, created in June 2006. He is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the “China Public Interest Litigation” website. See Li's Full Bio »

    • Marta Janina Skrodzka

    • Year: 2006
    • Location: Bialystok, Poland
    • Area of Focus: Clinical Legal Education
    • Organization: Bialystok University Law School

    Marta Janina Skrodzka is Coordinator of the Bialystok University Law School's Legal Clinic, as well as a legal professor at the law school. She teaches trade law and supervises the management and development of the law school’s legal clinic. She also opened a judicial practice center in the legal clinic that helps students to develop their legal skills in practice – through moot courts. See Marta's Full Bio »

    • Marwan Dalal

    • Year: 2006
    • Location: The Hague, The Netherlands
    • Area of Focus: Human Rights During Armed Conflict
    • Organization: International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

    Marwan Dalal currently works with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands. Prior to this, he was the legal director of Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.  In this position Marwan was responsible for supervising all of the legal work of Adalah, including litigation against Israeli authorities before local courts, as well as the Israeli Supreme Court. See Marwan's Full Bio »

  • Neeru Shrestha

    Neeru Shrestha is currently the Legal and Policy Adviser for the Epilepsy Centre in Adelaide, Australia. She is also independently working to develop a legal clinic service in Nepal and finalizing a paper on how pro bono legal service can expand the scope of public interest law in the Nepalese legal system. See Neeru's Full Bio »

  • Shree Krishna Subedi is the executive director of INHURED International and the president of Public Interest Law Advocacy and Litigation Nepal (PILAL). PILAL was established and is run by the PILnet International Fellows of Nepal; the organization aims to advance human rights in Nepal through litigation and advocacy and works in close partnership with PILnet. Shree is also a member of the Nepal Bar Association, World Society of Victimology, and a founding member of Young Lawyers for Human Rights in Nepal. See Shree's Full Bio »

    • Zhang Wenjuan (Wendy)

    • Year: 2006
    • Location: Beijing, China
    • Area of Focus: Children’s Rights
    • Organization: Beijing Children’s Legal Aid and Research Center

    Zhang Wenjuan (Wendy) is an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for International Collaborations of Jindal Global Law School in India.  She is also leading the Center for India-China Studies of the Jindal Global University.  Before joining the Jindal Global Law School, Zhang worked as a public interest lawyer in China for over nine years.  She served as Vice Director of Zhicheng Public Interest Lawyers, the biggest public interest law organization in China, and Deputy Director of Beijing Children’s Legal Aid and Research Center.   See Zhang's Full Bio »

    • Aygul Saparova

    • Year: 2005
    • Location: Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
    • Area of Focus: Rights for the Disadvantaged
    • Organization: Keik Okara

    Aygul Saparova currently works with Keik Okara, an NGO and  implementing partner of UNHCR in Turkmenistan. She received her degree in International Law from Turkmen State University in 1996. She also earned her LLM in International Law from London Metropolitan University in 2009. See Aygul's Full Bio »

  • Erinda Bllaca Ndroqi currently works with the Albanian Rehabilitation Centre for Trauma and Torture in Tirana, Albania. Prior to this, she worked with the Albanian Center for Human Rights and also served as an advisor to the Albanian Parliament.  See Erinda's Full Bio »

  • Lasha Magradze heads the Bureau of the Chairman of the Supreme Court and the Judiciary Working Group at the Criminal Justice Reform Council in Georgia. Prior to this, he served as coordinator of the Penitentiary System Monitoring Group at the largest NGO in Georgia, the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA). See Lasha's Full Bio »

    • Xiang Yan

    • Year: 2005
    • Location: Wuhan, China
    • Area of Focus: Clinical Legal Education
    • Organization: Center for Protection of the Rights of Disadvantaged Citizens, Wuhan University

    Xiang Yan works with the Center for Protection of the Rights of Disadvantaged Citizens (CPRDC) and is an associate professor of law, both at Wuhan University, where she has been teaching the history of foreign legal systems and western legal thought since 1996. She also teaches within the law school’s legal clinic.  See Xiang's Full Bio »

  • Zhang Jingjing
    • Zhang Jingjing

    • Year: 2005
    • Location: , China
    • Area of Focus: Public Interest Law
    • Organization: Harvard Law School

    Zhang Jingjing is currently a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School; in 2012-13 year she was a Mason Fellow at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she received a master’s degree in public administration. See Zhang's Full Bio »

    • Alesya Vidruk

    • Year: 2004
    • Location: Minsk, Belarus
    • Area of Focus: Access to Justice
    • Organization: Foundation for Legal Technologies

    Alesya Vidruk has worked as a lawyer at the NGO Independent Society for Legal Research – presently, the Foundation for Legal Technologies, since 1998. See Alesya's Full Bio »

  • Dezideriu Gergely is the executive director of the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) in Budapest, Hungary. Prior to this, he was Secretary of State for the National Council for Combating Discrimination in Romania. See Gergely's Full Bio »

  • Diana Miladinovic
    • Diana Miladinovic

    • Year: 2004
    • Location: Belgrade, Serbia
    • Area of Focus: Women’s Rights
    • Organization: University of Belgrade

    Diana Miladinovic has more than ten years of experience protecting human rights, women’s rights, and combating discrimination. She has been deeply rooted in this work in Belgrade, where her professional and academic career has been based. Diana is currently completing a master’s degree in international humanitarian law and human rights at the University of Belgrade’s Faculty of Political Science, where she focuses on European Court of Human Rights standards for protecting LGBT rights. See Diana's Full Bio »

    • Liana Haroyan

    • Year: 2004
    • Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
    • Area of Focus: Human Rights
    • Organization: Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia (BABSEA)

    Liana Haroyan works with Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia (BABSEA) in Hanoi, Vietnam, where she supports the development of the organization’s clinical education programs. Prior to this, she worked with the ABA Rule of Law Initiative in Yerevan, Armenia, beginning in 2003. While there, she worked with the Human Rights Commission in the office of the Armenian president. See Liana's Full Bio »

  • Sukhrob Ismoilov currently works with the NGO E’ZGULIK. Prior to this, he was Human Rights Officer with the Freedom House Uzbekistan Program. In this capacity he gained experience in providing consultations for human rights defenders and Uzbek citizens on legal and other issues, assisting human rights defenders and citizens to develop their communication and complaints to national and international bodies. See Sukhrob's Full Bio »

  • Tong Lihua
    • Tong Lihua

    • Year: 2004
    • Location: Beijing, China
    • Area of Focus: Children's Rights
    • Organization: Beijing Children's Legal Aid & Research Center

    Tong Lihua is Director of Beijing Zhicheng Law Firm and Beijing Child Legal Aid and Research Center. Mr. Tong founded the latter, which is the largest children's legal aid NGO in China. He also serves as Director of the Special Committee for Child Protection of the National Chinese Lawyers' Association. See Tong's Full Bio »

    • Zhang Wenguang

    • Year: 2004
    • Location: Beijing, China
    • Area of Focus: Public Interest Law
    • Organization: Landesa Rural Development Institute

    Zhang Wenguang works with Beijing office of Landesa Rural Development Institute and the Institute of International Law at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Prior to this, he worked as an attorney and the chief of the Civil Project Department at the Dongfang Public Interest Litigation and Legal Aid Law Firm in Beijing, the first public interest law firm in China. See Zhang's Full Bio »

  • Balázs Dénes
    • Balázs Dénes

    • Year: 2003
    • Location: Budapest, Hungary
    • Area of Focus: Civil Liberties
    • Organization: Hungarian Civil Liberties Union

    Balázs Dénes is executive director of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU), a nonprofit human rights organization founded in Budapest in 1994. Balázs received his law degree in 1998, from ELTE University, Budapest. See Balázs's Full Bio »

  • Dilyana Giteva works as an executive board member of the Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights. Prior to this, she was Legal Defense Program Director at the Human Rights Project in Sophia. See Dilyana's Full Bio »

    • Elvira Habibulina

    • Year: 2003
    • Location: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
    • Area of Focus: Prison Reform
    • Organization: Center for the Legal Assistance for Prisoners

    Elvira Habibulina is a member of the Kyrgyz Bar Association and Director of the Center for the Legal Assistance for Prisoners, a non-governmental organization devoted to active protection of prisoners rights, assistance in penal reform and reduction of incarceration, in accordance with international standards and principals. Activities of the organization include monitoring prisoners’ rights in the prisons, provision of legal and social aid to prisoners, former prisoners and their relatives, and liberalization of criminal legislation: with special emphasis on application of alternative measures of punishment. See Elvira's Full Bio »

    • Grigol Giorgadze

    • Year: 2003
    • Location: Tblisi, Georgia
    • Area of Focus: Psychiatric Patients’ Rights
    • Organization: Imedi Tv

    Grigol Giorgadze currently works with Imedi TV. Prior to this, he was a lawyer with the Center for the Protection of Constitutional Rights in Tbilisi. He was also director of the project Patients’ Legal Clinic at the Center. For many years, Grigol worked predominantly on patients’ rights, particularly psychiatric patients’ rights. See Grigol's Full Bio »

    • Gulzira Jumamuratova

    • Year: 2003
    • Location: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
    • Area of Focus: Rule of Law
    • Organization: ABA Rule of Law Initiative

    Gulzira Jumamuratova worked as a staff attorney in the American Bar Association/Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative’s, now the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI), Judicial Reform Program before becoming an International PILnet Fellow in August of 2003. See Gulzira's Full Bio »

    • Lin Lihong

    • Year: 2003
    • Location: Wuhan, China
    • Area of Focus: Legal Aid
    • Organization: Center for Protection of the Rights of Disadvantaged Citizens (CPRDC)

    Lin Lihong is director of the Center for Protection of the Rights of Disadvantaged Citizens (CPRDC), Wuhan University, China. She is also a professor at the university's law school. There she specializes in administrative law, including administrative reconsideration law, administrative litigation law and state compensation law. See Lin's Full Bio »

    • Xu Hui (Julia)

    • Year: 2003
    • Location: , China
    • Area of Focus: Legal Aid
    • Organization: Public Interest Law Center, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

    Xu Hui (Julia) is a professor of law at the Public Interest Law Center of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, where she teaches civil procedure and conducts and supervises research on legal aid. During this time, she has also acted as the Deputy Director of the Center for Legal Consultation and Legal Aid in Beijing. See Xu's Full Bio »

  • Agnieszka Wardak

    Agnieszka Wardak is a partner at the law firm Dentons, working out of the Warsaw, Poland office where she heads the criminal litigation practice. Prior to this, she worked with another law firm in Szczecin, Poland and volunteered with the family help organization ERKA, where she provided free legal services to abused women and children, mostly from families with alcoholism and drug abuse problems. See Agnieszka's Full Bio »

  • Giorgi Meladze
    • Giorgi Meladze

    • Year: 2002
    • Location: Tblisi, Georgia
    • Area of Focus: Civil Liberties
    • Organization: Liberty Institute

    Giorgi Meladze is the executive director of the Liberty Institute in Tbilisi, Georgia, a non-governmental organization devoted to protecting civil liberties of all citizens of Georgia. As a PILnet International Fellow, Giorgi worked on a project to address violations of religious freedom in Georgia by providing free legal aid to victims and enforcing legal guarantees in line with international conventions to which Georgia is a signatory.See Giorgi's Full Bio »

    • Lucie Ripova

    • Year: 2002
    • Location: Prague, Czech Republic
    • Area of Focus: Human Rights
    • Organization: Social Inclusion and Policy Unit of the Czech Ministry of Labour and Social Affiars

    Lucie Ripova works in the Social Inclusion and Policy Unit of the Czech Ministry of Labour and Social Affiars. Prior to this, she was CPT liaison officer and secretary to both the Committee Against Torture and the Committee of Biomedicine with the Secretariat of the Czech Government Council for Human Rights. See Lucie's Full Bio »

    • Nebojsa Vlajic

    • Year: 2002
    • Location: Mitrovica, Kosovo
    • Area of Focus: Minority Rights
    • Organization: Nebojsa Vlajic Law Office

    Nebojsa Vlajic is based in Mitrovica, Kosovo, where he leads the Nebojsa Vlajic Law Office and is a senior lecturer at the International College of Mitrovica. Prior to this, he was a legal advisor in the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Civil Rights Project, which offers free legal aid and information to refugees, internally displaced persons, and minorities. See Nebojsa's Full Bio »

    • Tatiana Pataraia

    • Year: 2002
    • Location: Tblisi, Georgia
    • Area of Focus: Disabled Children’s Rights
    • Organization: Norwegian Mission of Rule of Law Advisers to Georgia (NORLAG)

    Tatiana Pataraia currently works with the Norwegian Mission of Rule of Law Advisors to Georgia (NORLAG). Prior to this, she co-founded the NGO High Risk Rids - Kidobani in Tbilisi, Georgia, an organization that protects the rights of mentally disabled children living in institutions in Georgia. Her work there included linking these children to vital social services and facilitating legal adoption and foster care for them. See Tatiana's Full Bio »

    • Theodora Krumova

    • Year: 2002
    • Location: Prishtina, Kosovo
    • Area of Focus: Human Rights
    • Organization: UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) – Kosovo

    Theodora Krumova currently serves as Human Rights Officer with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) - Kosovo. Prior to this, she was a Policy and Legal Advisor at the National Council on Ethnic and Demographic Issues at the Bulgarian Council of Ministers in Sofia, Bulgaria, where she worked on drafting anti-discrimination legislation in compliance with EU Directives. See Theodora's Full Bio »

  • Anton Burkov is the deputy director of Management Systems International. In this capacity, he manages the Mainstreaming Human, Social and Civil Rights Program’s “I've Got Rights” project, which seeks to create and support the conditions and political will to sustain the observance of human, social, and civil rights in Russia. The project operates in Voronezh, Nizhniy Novgorod, Novosibirsk and Perm. Anton also chairs the European and Comparative Law Department of the Russian State University for the Humanities and serves as a legal representative in numerous cases before national courts and the European Court of Human Rights. See Anton's Full Bio »

    • Bunafsha Gulakova

    • Year: 2001
    • Location: Vienna, Austria
    • Area of Focus: Human Rights
    • Organization: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

    Bunafsha Gulakova is based in Vienna, Austria, where she promotes the legal protection of human rights as a freelance expert for the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Open Society Justice Initiative, the European Commission, and the United Nations Development Programme. Her work addresses rights issues in Pakistan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Turkmenistan. See Bunafsha's Full Bio »

    • Dovile Juodkaite

    • Year: 2001
    • Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
    • Area of Focus: Rights for the Disabled
    • Organization: Global Initiative on Psychiatry, Vilnius Regional Office

    Dovile Juodkaite currently works with the Global Initiative on Psychiatry's Vilnius Regional Office. Prior to this, he was an attorney with the Lithuanian Welfare Society for Persons with Mental Disabilities, Viltis, which helps people with mental disabilities, their families, and their supporters deal with various social, medical, environmental, and legal problems. See Dovile's Full Bio »

  • Mihaljo Colak
    • Mihaljo Colak

    • Year: 2001
    • Location: Belgrade, Serbia
    • Area of Focus: Human Rights
    • Organization: Open Society Fund for Serbia

    Mihaljo Colak currently works as Program Coordinator for the Open Society Fund for Serbia. Prior to this, he was a lawyer with the Serbian Helsinki Committee in Belgrade, Serbia, which works to promote the idea of the rule of law and the protection of human rights in the country. In this capacity, Mihaljo worked primarily on a refugee repatriation program entitled "I Want to Go Home," which offers legal and other assistance to Serbian refugees from Croatia. See Mihaljo's Full Bio »

  • Monika Ladmanova
    • Monika Ladmanova

    • Year: 2001
    • Location: Prague, Czech Republic
    • Area of Focus: Women’s Rights
    • Organization: IBM Czech Republic

    Monika Ladmanova currently works with IBM Czech Republic. Prior to this, she was a founding member of Athena Association of Women Lawyers in the Czech Republic, an organization that aims to coordinate legal services to victims of discrimination in the workplace, domestic violence, and trafficking. See Monika's Full Bio »

    • Roman Javoronkov

    • Year: 2001
    • Location: Moscow, Russia
    • Area of Focus: Rights for the Disabled
    • Organization: Moscow City University of Psychology and Education

    Roman Javoronkov currently works with Moscow City University of Psychology and Education. Prior to this, he was an attorney with Charities Aid Foundation in Moscow, Russia, an organization that promotes the development and activities of the charitable sector in Russia. There, Roman advised clients with disabilities and assisted in the development of legislation in this area. See Roman's Full Bio »

    • Sanja Milivojevic

    • Year: 2001
    • Location: Sydney, Australia
    • Area of Focus: Women’s Rights
    • Organization: University of Western Sydney

    Sanja Milivojevic is currently a lecturer at the University of Western Sydney. Prior to this, she worked with the Victimology Society of Serbia in Belgrade, an organization that promotes the rights of victims of crime, war, and human rights violations regardless of their gender, age, religion, ethnic origin, or any other feature. See Sanja's Full Bio »

    • Bayartsetseg Jigmeddash

    • Year: 2000
    • Location: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
    • Area of Focus: Women’s Rights
    • Organization: Office of the President of Mongolia

    Bayartsetseg Jigmeddash currently works as Legal Officer, Office of the President of Mongolia. Before being appointed to this position, she also spent time working with Mongolia's ABA Rule of Law Initiative and the National CEDAW Watch Center, an NGO that monitors and evaluates the performance of the government in fulfilling its obligations under the Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). See Bayartsetseg's Full Bio »

    • Marija Lukic

    • Year: 2000
    • Location: Belgrade, Serbia
    • Area of Focus: Women’s Rights
    • Organization: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

    Marija Lukic currently works with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Prior to this, she was a staff attorney with the Women's Action Center, a non-governmental organization in Belgrade, Serbia, that promotes and develops the political, social, legal and economic status of women in Serbia by forming coalitions of like-minded organizations and improving mutual support on strategic projects. See Marija's Full Bio »

  • Olga Sergeevna Shepeleva
    • Olga Sergeevna Shepeleva

    • Year: 2000
    • Location: Moscow, Russia
    • Area of Focus: Human Rights
    • Organization: PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law - Moscow

    Olga Sergeevna Shepeleva currently works as Legal Officer in PILnet's Moscow office. Prior to this, she was a staff attorney with the Nizhny Novgorod Society for Human Rights in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, an organization that protects and promotes human rights and freedoms by providing legal assistance to victims of human rights violations, carrying out educational activities, and organizing public activities. See Olga's Full Bio »

    • Tatjana Evas

    • Year: 2000
    • Location: Bremen, Germany
    • Area of Focus: Minority Rights
    • Organization: Bremen University

    Tatjana Evas currently works with Bremen University in Germany. Prior to this, she was a lawyer with the Legal Information Centre for Human Rights in Tallinn, Estonia, a non-governmental organization established to combat ethnic tension in Estonia by monitoring and protecting human rights, in particular the rights of minorities and stateless people. See Tatjana's Full Bio »

    • Vitaliy Gromov

    • Year: 2000
    • Location: Almaty, Kazakhstan
    • Area of Focus: Rights for the Disabled
    • Organization: Special Olympics Kazakhstan (SOK)

    Vitaliy Gromov is a staff attorney with Special Olympics Kazakhstan (SOK), a non-governmental organization in Almaty, Kazakhstan, that assists people with developmental disabilities in adapting to everyday life through participation in sports and physical education. At SOK, Vitaliy specializes in representing mentally disabled people in court proceedings and advocating for their rights in the society. See Vitaliy's Full Bio »

    • Yury Shentsov

    • Year: 2000
    • Location: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
    • Area of Focus: Human Rights
    • Organization: Legal Forum

    Yury Shentsov is currently Executive Director of Legal Forum in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Prior to this he was Chief Legal Expert at the Kyrgyz Committee for Human Rights (KCHR), a non-governmental organization in Kyrgyzstan dedicated to human rights protection. There, he advocated for victims of human rights abuses, particularly within judicial and law enforcement arenas. See Yury's Full Bio »

    • Dana Marekova

    • Year: 1999
    • Location: Pezinok, Slovakia
    • Area of Focus: Environmental Protection
    • Organization: Via Iuris

    Dana Marekova currently works with Via Iuris in Pezinok, Slovakia. See Dana's Full Bio »

  • Ivan Ivanov is executive director of the European Roma Information Office. Prior to this, he worked with the European Roma Rights Center in Bulgaria. See Ivan's Full Bio »

  • Romanita Iordache
    • Romanita Iordache

    • Year: 1999
    • Location: Bucharest, Romania
    • Area of Focus: Human Rights
    • Organization: Legal Non-Discrimination Network of the European Commission

    Romanita Iordache chairs the board of the Romanian Helsinki Committee, is a committee board member for Accept, and consults for several human rights organizations, as among them the Legal Non-Discrimination Network of the European Commission and the Fundamental Rights Agency—FRALEX. See Romanita's Full Bio »

  • Barbora Bukovska
    • Barbora Bukovska

      Barbora's Story
    • Year: 1998
    • Location: London, UK
    • Area of Focus: Roma Rights, Public Interest Law
    • Organization: ARTICLE 19: Global Campaign for Free Expression

    Barbora Bukovska is the senior director of Law and Policy at London’s Article 19: Global Campaign for Free Expression, a freedom of expression organization credited with standardizing the rights to information and national security. She was one of PILnet’s inaugural International Fellows, beginning her two-year fellowship in 1997. See Barbora's Full Bio »

    • Daniela Mihaylova

    • Year: 1998
    • Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
    • Area of Focus: Roma Rights
    • Organization: Equal Opportunities Initiative Association

    Daniela Mihaylova is legal director of the Bulgaria-based organization Equal Opportunities Initiative Association, where she works on programs related to Roma rights, equal access to justice and public services, and the prevention of rights abuses. See Daniela's Full Bio »

    • Iryna Tustanovska

    • Year: 1998
    • Location: Lviv, Ukraine
    • Area of Focus: Human Rights
    • Organization: Eco Pravo

    Iryna Tustanovska is a lawyer with Eco Pravo in Lviv, Ukraine.See Iryna's Full Bio »