Professor Philip Leach, Director
Philip Leach is Professor of Human Rights Law at Middlesex University, a solicitor, and Director of EHRAC, also based at Middlesex University. He has extensive experience of representing applicants before the European Court of Human Rights, in particular against Russia and other former Soviet states, as well as the UK and Turkey. He researches and publishes widely in the field of international human rights law. He was a member of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody from 2009-2015 and a member of the Harris Review (2014-2015). He was appointed Specialist Adviser to the Joint Committee on Human Rights for its inquiry into mental health and deaths in prison in 2016-2017. He is Vice-Chair of the European Implementation Network (EIN), a member of the Advisory Board of the Open Society Justice Initiative, and a former trustee of the Media Legal Defence Initiative and the Human Dignity Trust. He is the author of ‘Taking a Case to the European Court of Human Rights’, 4th ed., Oxford University Press, 2017. In 2015, Leach was named Human Rights Lawyer of the Year by the Law Society of England and Wales.
Jessica Gavron, Legal Director (job share with Joanna Evans)
Jessica Gavron is a UK barrister with extensive experience litigating domestic criminal law issues and cases before the European Court of Human Rights. She has taught the International Human Rights Law module on the LLB and LLM at the London School of Economics and continues to be a guest lecturer to undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals. In 2007 she moved to Jerusalem for two years where she provided legal advice for Ha-moked legal centre in East Jerusalem, on cases from the West Bank involving freedom of movement, family unity and the legality of means and methods of warfare in the Gaza conflict 2009. She has run training courses in Europe and the former Soviet Union for international lawyers on International Human Rights Law, Human Rights in Conflict, Evidence in Human Rights Litigation and Litigating Violence against Women. She holds a degree in History, from Cambridge University and an LLM (Distinction) in Public International law from the LSE, where she was awarded the Higgins Lauterpacht International Law Prize; the Derby Bryce Law Prize and the Georg Schwarzenberger Prize for outstanding performance in International law.
Joanna Evans, Legal Director (job share with Jessica Gavron)
Joanna Evans is a UK barrister with extensive litigation and advisory experience at domestic, regional and international levels. She has particular expertise in criminal justice issues and human rights violations arising from armed conflicts and has conducted rule of law and capacity building work arising from jurisdictions as diverse as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and Iraq. She has extensive litigation experience at both domestic level and before the European Court of Human Rights. She has also practised before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia. She is a Recorder of the Crown Court, a Deputy District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts), a Judge of the First Tier Mental Health Tribunal (Restricted Patients Panel) and an Independent member of the Parole Board. She works part time at EHRAC in combination with her private practice.
Patrick Regan, Head of Programmes
Patrick Regan joined EHRAC in 2019. He has worked in the NGO sector for over ten years, specialising in programme management and monitoring and evaluation for education, health and human rights NGOs. Before joining EHRAC he worked as the Evaluation & Strategy Manager at the Media Legal Defence Initiative, focusing on strategy development, measuring the impact of litigation projects and evaluating projects delivered by an international network of partners. He holds a BA in Spanish & Latin American Studies from Cardiff University and is currently studying for a Masters of Research (MRes) in Social Research, Law and Legal Studies at Birkbeck, University of London.
Joanne Sawyer, Lawyer
Joanne Sawyer is a UK lawyer with extensive litigation and advisory experience in leading international and UK human rights NGOs and UK Parliament. Before joining EHRAC in 2015, Joanne provided human rights, equality and employment policy advice at Age UK. Prior to that, she was Legal Director at INTERIGHTS, Assistant Legal Adviser at the UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights, Senior Lecturer in Human Rights at Kingston University and Legal Officer at Liberty. Joanne has previously contributed to Emmerson, B. and Simor, J. (Ed.), Human Rights Practice and is a former Managing Editor of the European Human Rights Law Review. She has an LLM in Public International Law (King’s College, London) and a LLB in English and French Law (University of Kent).
Kate Levine, Lawyer
Kate Levine is a UK solicitor, and joined EHRAC in 2014. Prior to that she worked as a Human Rights Programme Officer at the Sigrid Rausing Trust, where she carried out grant-making and capacity building for NGOs focused on strategic human rights litigation, torture prevention, and the protection of human rights defenders (with a focus on the former Soviet Union, as well as southern and east Africa). Previously Kate practiced law in the litigation department of a top tier global firm in London. She has litigated cases before international and regional human rights bodies, including the European Court of Human Rights, the UN CEDAW Committee, and the UN Human Rights Committee. Kate holds an LLM (Distinction) in Public International Law from the London School of Economics, an LLB, and a BA Hons (First) Philosophy and Politics. She has also completed two professional courses on women’s human rights and international humanitarian law at the London School of Economics.
Ramute Remezaite, Legal Consultant
Ramute Remezaite is a Legal Consultant at EHRAC and a PhD Candidate at School of Law, Middlesex University looking into the impact of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights in fragile democracies, such as former Soviet Union states. Prior to this, Ramute was based in Azerbaijan, where she litigated civil rights cases before the European Court of Human Rights and the UN bodies together with local human rights lawyers. She also ran a project on the implementation of judgments of the European Court for Human Rights in the South Caucasus region and has done research and consultancy work for Article 19 and the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute. Ramute has published a number of articles on human rights issues in Azerbaijan. Before that, she worked as a Program Officer at the Bertha Justice Initiative in London, and at the Human Rights House Foundation in Oslo, Norway where she worked with a network of NGOs in former Soviet Union states. Ramute graduated from Oslo University, Law School with LL.M. in Public International Law and Master in Law from Vilnius University.
Tina Devadasan, Programme and Financial advisor
Tina Devadasan is legally qualified and holds a Master in Business Administration, with a strong background in management, fundraising, financial and project management. She was formerly projects officer at the Kurdish Human Rights Project and was primarily responsible for consecutive Community Fund (National Lottery) grants as well as successive incremental governmental and grantmaking trust funding.
Sophie Rust, Programme Support Officer
Sophie joined EHRAC in August 2015 as a Russian-Speaking NGO Skills intern, and has since also worked as Programme Assistant. Sophie graduated from the University of Cambridge in June 2015, where she studied Russian, Ukrainian and French. In 2013-14 Sophie spent a year in Moscow, working at the French law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel. She is particularly interested in researching human rights violations in Ukraine and Russia, as well as women’s rights in the UK and throughout our target regions. Sophie speaks Russian and French, and is currently learning Ukrainian.
Andrii Gladun, Programme Assistant
Andrii joined EHRAC in October 2017 from Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UHHRU), where he worked as an analyst, writing reports about human rights abuses during the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Prior to working at UHHRU, Andrii worked as an analyst at Center for Social and Labour Research in a project devoted to monitoring of protest activity in Ukraine. He holds an MA in Economy and Society from Lancaster University and Polish Academy of Sciences as well as two degrees in sociology from Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv and Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Andrii also speaks Ukrainian and Russian.
Barbara Karch, Finance and Grants Officer
Barbara Karch joined EHRAC in February 2017 from Against Violence and Abuse (AVA) where she was Administration and Finance Manager for over four years. Prior to that, she was Finance and Administration Officer at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Barbara has extensive experience of all aspects of financial management required by a small NGO, including working with a variety of income streams. She is currently training for her Level 4 AAT Diploma in Accounting, and holds a CIPFA Certificate in Charity Finance and Accountancy.
Sabrina Vashisht, PR and Development Officer
Sabrina Vashisht joined EHRAC after completing her MA in Politics, Security and Integration from the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, UCL. She started work at EHRAC as an intern in September 2014, alongside which she worked as a Project Officer for a public financial education programme at the Citizenship Foundation. She lived in Russia and Ukraine during her BA in French and Russian at Oxford University, and speaks Russian, French and intermediate Spanish. Sabrina has volunteered for several years with a local charity, Westminster Befriend a Family, which provides support to families at times of adversity, and aims to empower them to address economic, social and personal challenges independently. She was appointed to their Board of Trustees in October 2017.
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