is a lawyer and former Judge of the UK Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), with 21 years experience as a judge in the fields of immigration, asylum and human rights law. She has extensive experience working internationally on refugee rights, especially in relation to gender issues, women and children, including publications and training work with the UK judiciary, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and other organisations. She was a UK expert on refugee and human rights law providing assistance to the Maltese judiciary during the period of pre-accession to the European Union. She is Chair of the Board of Prisoners of Conscience Appeal Fund and a trustee of the Inderpal Rahal Memorial Trust. She is a former Council Member of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges and former Rapporteur of its Vulnerable Persons Working Party. She has written on a variety of aspects of refugee and human rights law and is currently working with lawyers and non-governmental organisations on Lesbos as well as Co-Convening with Syd Bolton, the Last Rights project.
She has been a team member of the Mediterranean Missing project whose research is now being published.
She is the author of “In Potters’ Fields”, a viewpoint piece published in November 2015 that seeks to throw light on the matter and calls for action including the development of guiding protocol
is a Children’s Rights Lawyer (solicitor, currently non-practising in the UK), a former co-Director of the Refugee Children's Rights Project, at the Coram Children’s Legal Centre. He is also a former Legal and Policy Adviser to The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture; Solicitor, Islington Law Centre and Wilford Monro Solicitors.
He has litigated, written, spoken and delivered training extensively on the rights of children, in particular, refugee, asylum seeking and migrant children, both nationally and internationally.Amongst other roles he has been an executive committee member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association, chair of the Advisory Board on Asylum and Trafficking to the Children’s Commissioner for England and an Associate Member and Deputy Rapporteur of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges. He is now providing voluntary assistance to Greek legal professionals in relation to the present refugee situation there.
is a Visiting Senior Fellow, LSE Human Rights Centre; human rights and refugee lawyer; former director of research at Amnesty International and former head of the research branch of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; currently Chair of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion. She has written on the identification of migrant and refugee border deaths, including the lead chapter in a recent report by IOM (Fatal Journeys II) and a legal briefing for the Missing Migrants Project.
is a lawyer and member of the Athens Bar Association. She holds a PhD in international human rights law from the European University Institute in Florence. She has significant litigation and training experience in the field of migration and asylum, has acted as a consultant on human rights issues for national lawyers and has provided legal representation in selected cases before the European Court of Human Rights. In 2016 she was appointed as the national trainer on human rights and asylum in Greece under the Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) program of the Council of Europe.
Her professional experience includes her appointment as a chair of the Appeal Committees in the Greek asylum service and her participation in UNHCR’s emergency mission to the island of Lesvos. As an academic researcher, she has been involved in several projects on asylum and migration management with the European University Institute in Florence and the Hellenic foundation for European and Foreign Policy in Athens and has written articles, policy papers and academic papers on a wide range of issues including detention, labour trafficking and migrant smuggling.
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