Márta Pardavi is co-chair of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC), a leading human rights organisation based in Budapest, founded in 1989. The HHC works to advance democratic values, the rule of law and a strong civil society, the right to asylum and a fair criminal justice system. A lawyer by training, Márta has most recently been focusing on the threats to the rule of law and civil society space in Hungary and in the EU, and on strengthening human rights defenders in the EU. Márta currently serves on the boards of PILnet, International Partnership for Human Rights and Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. She has been awarded the 2018 William D. Zabel Human Rights Award from Human Rights First, Civil Rights Defender’s Civil Rights Defenders of the Year 2019 award and was chosen to be a member of POLITICO28 Class of 2019. She was a Policy Leader Fellow at the European University School of Transnational Governance in Florence, Italy in 2020/2021.