Who we are

Our staff

All of EHRAC's work is supported by a small team of interns, who spend between four weeks and four months with us. Please see below for more information about our diverse team.

Professor Philip Leach, Director

Philip Leach is Professor of Human Rights Law at Middlesex University, a solicitor, and Director of EHRAC. 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 (commissioned, or supported, by the Nuffield Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust, the ESRC, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the OSCE and the Council of Europe). He is the author of ‘Taking a Case to the European Court of Human Rights’, 3rd ed., Oxford University Press, 2011. He was a member of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody (which provides advice to the Ministerial Board on Deaths in Custody; 2009-2015) and a member of the Harris Review (Independent Review into Self-inflicted Deaths in Prison Custody of 18-24 Year Olds in England & Wales; 2014-2015). He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Open Society Justice Initiative.

Jessica Gavron, Legal Director

(Job share with Joanna Evans)
Jessica Gavron has extensive experience in the law of the European Convention on 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 and Evidence in Human Rights Litigation. 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, currently on parental leave)
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, Programme Manager

Laure Trebosc previously worked in a number of NGOs and development consultancies focusing on eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. She joined EHRAC in 2014 after three years as Programme Development Coordinator with the children’s charity Lumos, where she developed and managed a de-institutionalisation programme in partnership with Ukrainian NGOs and local government. Laure is a fluent Russian speaker with experience of living and working in Russia for six years. She holds a BSc in Russian Joint Studies from the London School of Economics and a MA in Political Science and Development from the Paris Institute of Political Science.

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 is a contributor to Emmerson, B. and Simor, J. (Ed.), Human Rights Practice and 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

(Currently on parental leave)
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 worked on cases before international and regional human rights bodies and conducted research for NGOs on human rights in conflict, refugee rights, economic and social rights, regional human rights mechanisms, and the UN treaty bodies. 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 Certificate courses on international humanitarian law and women’s human rights respectively at the London School of Economics.

Jarlath Clifford, Lawyer

Jarlath Clifford is UK based solicitor. He joined EHRAC in 2016, from private practice at a UK law firm, where he represented vulnerable children and adults before the Court of Protection, in cases involving mental capacity and disability rights law. Prior to private practice, Jarlath was a Legal Officer, and then a consultant, at The Equal Rights Trust (‘ERT’). He managed ERT’s litigation, legal policy and legislative advocacy work, promoting law reform and compliance with international human rights standards at the UN, European and national levels. Jarlath also worked as an Investigator and a Policy Officer for the British Commission for Racial Equality and has conducted research for academic institutions and NGOs including, University College London, Amnesty International, and the Centre for Policy alternatives (in Sri Lanka). Jarlath is a contributor to The Oxford Handbook of International Human Rights Law, The Library of Essays on International Human rights, Vol. II: Equality and Non-¬Discrimination under International Law and was formerly the Assistant Editor of The Equal Rights Review.

Vahe Grigoryan, Legal Consultant

Vahe Grigoryan was a practicing lawyer in Armenia and has extensive experience in criminal and civil proceedings before Armenian courts, as well as before Constitutional Court in election disputes and contesting constitutionality of different laws. He also has considerable experience in representing applicants before the European Court of Human Rights. Vahe graduated from Yerevan State University and the University of Nottingham (LLM in Human Rights Law). He joined EHRAC in 2013.

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.

Oksana Popova, Programme Support Officer

Oksana Popova is a fluent Russian speaker and has a BA in English Language and Literature from Lviv National University, an MA in International Relations and Contemporary Political Theory from University of Westminster, and is currently completing an MSc in Financial Management in Middlesex University. She joined EHRAC in 2007 having previously worked for a social enterprise, as well as being involved in research and educational projects in the UK and Ukraine. She has also worked as a translator from Ukrainian to English.

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 3 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. Sabrina has been working in her current role since December 2014. She is a fluent Russian speaker, and lived in Russia and Ukraine during her BA in French and Russian at Oxford University.

Sophie Rust, Programme Assistant

Sophie now works as a Programme Assistant, providing administrative support and organising events, after joining EHRAC in August 2015 as a Russian-Speaking NGO Skills intern. 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, whilst also organising speaker events for Cambridge Alumni in Business. She is looking to pursue a career related to law in the future, and is particularly interested in researching human rights abuses in conflict, such as the current conflict in Ukraine, and also women's rights in our target regions. Sophie is fluent in Russian and French, and is currently learning Ukrainian.

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