Our team

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.

Laure Trebosc, Head of Programmes

Laure Trebosc joined EHRAC in July 2014. She has over 15 years of experience of project and programme management in the non-profit sector in the UK, France and the former Soviet Union. Laure joined EHRAC from Lumos, where she managed the development of new programmes for the de-institutionalisation of vulnerable children in Ukraine for 3.5 years. Prior to that, she lived and worked in Russia, leading an EC-funded project transforming services for children with learning disabilities separated from their parents in North-Western Russia, and managing events for the EU Delegation to Russia in Moscow. She holds an MA (Hons) in Political Science from the Paris Institute of Political Science and a BSc (Hons) in Russian Joint Studies from the London School of Economics.

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.

Margarita Ilieva, Lawyer

Margarita Ilieva has 20+ years of experience as a strategic human rights litigator and advocate at the domestic and European level. A specialist in EU equality law, she has been the non-discrimination expert for Bulgaria in the Equality Law Network since its inception in 2000. The author of three books on comparative equality law, and the legal director at the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee for ten years, she has contributed to the development of public interest law, including by winning seminal European Court of Human Rights cases, such as Yordanova and Others v. Bulgaria and Karaahmed v. Bulgaria. She also served as a strategic litigation consultant for the European Roma Rights Centre, and has been an international equality and human rights trainer for supranational institutions such as the Academy of European Law (ERA). Margarita has significantly contributed to human rights legislation by drafting the Bulgarian Protection Against Discrimination Act 2003, and amendments to the Ministry of the Interior Act, as well as campaigning for the law’s adoption. She has also contributed to drafting equality law in other countries within the SEE region. In 2018, Margarita drafted an ODIHR comprehensive criminal justice methodology on inter-agency cooperation on hate crime for OSCE and EU Members States. She was awarded the Austrian League for Human Rights’ annual award for her work.

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.

Patrick Regan, Strategy, Evaluation and Reporting Advisor

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.

Andrii Gladun, Programme Support Officer

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.

Chloe Tennant, Programme Assistant

Chloe Tennant joined EHRAC in November 2019. Before joining EHRAC, Chloe was part of the Alfa Fellowship from May 2018-May 2019. The Alfa Fellowship is an international programme which offers participants the opportunity to live and work in Moscow, where she undertook a professional development placement with Human Rights Watch. Prior to the Alfa Fellowship, Chloe worked in volunteering and community fundraising at ShelterBox, an international disaster relief charity based in Cornwall. She holds a BA in International Relations and Russian Studies from the University of Birmingham, and an MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies from Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Lucy MacEwan, Development Officer

Lucy joined EHRAC in October 2019 from Orbis, an international NGO where, as Trusts and Foundations Officer, she managed Orbis’s portfolio of Trusts and Foundations donors and worked to identify and secure new funding opportunities. Prior to this, Lucy worked at Newcastle University as Philanthropy Assistant, where she supported fundraising across a variety of income streams including: trusts and foundations, public giving, major donors and community fundraising. Lucy also works for The IWI: The Institute for Feminist Policy Reform, an organisation run by volunteers which seeks to draw attention to, and advocate for, women’s rights. Lucy is a researcher for IWI’s podcast AudioRoar! And also writes for IWI’s magazine The Lead.

James Dowsett, PR and Communications Officer

James Dowsett joined EHRAC in September 2019. He is a freelance journalist. Prior to joining EHRAC, he worked for a high-profile political campaigning organisation. He holds a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Essex and a MPhil in Modern British History from the University of Cambridge.

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 holds AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting and CIPFA Certificate in Charity Finance and Accountancy.

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