Wolfgang Kaleck

Wolfgang Kaleck
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Wolfgang Kaleck founded the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) together with other internationally renowned lawyers in Berlin in 2007. ECCHR is an independent organization that works with lawyers and groups around the world to take legal proceedings against state and non-state actors for their roles in crimes against international law. ECCHR also uses legal instruments to combat inhumane working conditions and other issues in the area of business and human rights. Wolfgang Kaleck has served as General Secretary and Legal Director of the organization since its foundation.
 
Kaleck previously worked as a criminal law attorney at law firm Hummel.Kaleck.Rechtsanwälte, which he co-founded in 1991. Since 1998 he has been an advocate for the Koalition gegen Straflosigkeit (Coalition against Impunity) which fights to hold Argentinian military officials accountable for the murder and disappearance of German citizens during the Argentinian dictatorship. Between 2004 and 2008 he worked with the New York Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) to pursue criminal proceedings against members of the US military, including former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Kaleck is a member of the Centre of European Law and Politics at the University of Bremen (ZERP), the Forum for International and Criminal and Humanitarian Law (FICHL), the lawyers’ collective CAJAR in Columbia and Mexican non-governmental organization ProDESC.
 
Kaleck has lectured extensively in Latin America, India, China and the Philippines. As an author most recently he published "Unternehmen vor Gericht. Globale Kämpfe für Menschenrechte" (Taking corporations to court: Global struggles for human rights) 2016, Verlag Klaus Wagenbach and "Mit Recht gegen die Macht - Unser weltweiter Kampf für die Menschenrechte" (Using Law against Power - Our Worlwide Fight for Human Rights), 2015, Hanser Berlin. His book "Double Standards: International Criminal Law and the West" was published by The 'Publication Series' of the Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher (TOAEP) in May 2015.This had been published in German first by Klaus Wagenbach: "Mit zweierlei Maß. Der Westen und das Völkerstrafrecht", 2012, that also published Kampf gegen die Straflosigkeit. Argentiniens Militärs vor Gericht (Fighting against Impunity: Argentina’s Military on Trial), 2010. Since May 2014 his weekly blog “Recht subversiv” has been published by ZEIT ONLINE. The blog entries also appear in English on the ECCHR website under the title Law and Subversion.
 
In recognition of his “tenacious and intrepid commitment for the victims of state and non-state violence” the German PEN Centre awarded Kaleck the 2014 Hermann Kesten Prize. On 15 October 2016, the Association of Democratic Lawyers (Vereinigung Demokratischer Juristinnen und Juristen VDJ) in Germany presented the Hans Litten Prize to Kaleck and ECCHR Vice Legal Director Dr. Miriam Saage-Maaß. VDJ made the award in acknowledgment of Kaleck and Saage-Maaß’s role in the strategic approach of ECCHR’s work.
 
In June 2017 Kaleck was awarded the honorary prize for services to human rights by the Bruno Kreisky foundation in special recognition of his legal work within the ECCHR.

 

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Dr. Miriam Saage-Maaß

Dr. Miriam Saage-Maaß
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Dr. Miriam Saage-Maaß is a qualified lawyer and Vice Legal Director at ECCHR, where she coordinates the Business and Human Rights Program. She has worked on various cases against corporations, including proceedings against Lidl relating to exploitation of workers in Bangladesh and Pakistan and against companies trading in cotton picked through forced child labor in Uzbekistan. She regularly publishes articles on the legal liability of corporations for human rights violations in the global supply chain and is internationally consulted as an expert in the area of corporate responsibility and human rights.
 
On 15 October 2016, the Association of Democratic Lawyers (Vereinigung Demokratischer Juristinnen und Juristen VDJ) in Germany awarded Saage-Maaß and ECCHR's General Secretary the Hans Litten Prize. VDJ made the award in acknowledgment of Kaleck and Saage-Maaß’s role in the strategic approach of ECCHR’s work.

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Andreas Schüller

Andreas Schüller
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Andreas Schüller joined the ECCHR in 2009 and directs the International Crimes and Accountability Program. He graduated from law school in Trier, Germany, studied in Orléans (France), holds a LL.M. advanced degree from Leiden University, Netherlands, in Public International Law and International Criminal Law and is admitted to the Berlin bar. Schüller works on US torture and drone strikes, UK torture in Iraq, war crimes in Sri Lanka and Syria as well as further international crimes cases. He publishes and lectures on international criminal law and human rights enforcement.

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Albert Koncsek

Albert Koncsek
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Albert Koncsek studied Political Sciences, History and Philosophy in Trier and Budapest. For twelve years Mr Koncsek worked as executive director at the National Self-government of the German Minority in Budapest. He has been Operations Manager at ECCHR since November 2008.

Marie Badarne

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After her MA in International Humanitarian Assistance from Groningen University (Netherlands), Marie Badarne worked nine years with Israeli and Palestinian human rights organizations. She joined ECCHR in September 2012 and works in the Education Program and General Operations.

Anabel Bermejo

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Anabel Bermejo studied history and political Science at the University of Cologne. Following an editorial traineeship at the news broadcaster n-tv she worked at the station for four years as a multimedia editor (TV and internet). From 2004 to 2011 she was Press Officer for Amnesty International Germany. Afterwards she worked as head of PR for the German television talk show Günther Jauch. Anabel Bermejo joined ECCHR in May 2014 where she is responsible for Media & Communications.

Linde Bryk

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Linde Bryk is a Dutch licensed attorney and a graduate (LL.M.) of the New York University (NYU) School of Law where she focused on International Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice. She holds her law degree from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. In 2015, Linde obtained an NYU Human Rights Fellowship allowing her to train with ECCHR over the summer, where she assisted the International Crimes and Accountability Program. In 2016 she worked as a Human Rights Officer for the European Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, EULEX. She joined ECCHR as Bertha Justice Fellow and works with the Business and Human Rights team as of October 2016.

Hanaa Hakiki

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Hanaa Hakiki graduated in law at the University of Cambridge and also holds a degree in French law and a maîtrise in comparative law from the University of Paris II. She qualified as a solicitor in England, where she specialized in litigating cases of state violence and detention at Bhatt Murphy Solicitors. Hanaa Hakiki joined the ECCHR in 2014 and works as a legal advisor in the International Crimes and Accountability Program with a particular focus on migration. She became a Bertha Justice Fellow in 2015.

Sönke Hilbrans

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Sönke Hilbrans studied law at the University of Trier and has worked as a lawyer in Berlin since 2000. He specializes in criminal law and practices in criminal defense. In the area of administrative law his work focuses on data protection law, freedom of information law and police and the secret services law. Hilbrans has co-authored commentaries on data protection and residency law. He also serves as a judge at the Constitutional Court of Berlin. For many years he was board member of the Republikanischer Anwältinnen- und Anwälteverein (RAV) and the German Privacy Association (DVD). He has been a cooperating lawyer with ECCHR since the organization’s establishment and joined the ECCHR team as an expert advisor in April 2016.

Alexandra Lily Kather

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Alexandra Lily Kather, LL.M., studied European law, international law and international criminal law at the University of Groningen (Netherlands). With a geographical focus on the Former Yugoslavia, her research was concerned with the prosecution of crimes of sexual violence in international criminal law as well as the duty of states to prevent genocide in international law. Her doctoral thesis in international criminal law at Middlesex University London studies the legal protection of mass graves. She previously worked at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law as well as at the International Law Programme at Chatham House. After a traineeship at ECCHR in summer 2016, she is working on human rights violations committed in Syria as a legal advisor in the international crimes and accountability program since February 2017.

Dr. Patrick Kroker

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Patrick Kroker studied Law at the Universities of Leipzig, Trier and Lisbon. He worked as an assistant to Civil Party Lawyers at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and in 2012 completed his PhD on the subject of victims’ participation in international criminal proceedings at the University of Hamburg. He worked as a research assistant at the University of Hamburg and at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. In 2014 he was awarded a postdoc-fellwoship at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and at Goldsmiths College London. Then he worked as a lawyer. Since November 2015 he works in the program “International Crimes and Legal Responsibility” at the ECCHR as Advocacy Officer with a particular focus in the European Drone Project.

Dr. Chantal Meloni

Claudia Müller-Hoff
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Chantal Meloni is an Italian criminal lawyer and professor at the University of Milan where she teaches International Criminal Law. In 2006 she completed her PhD with a thesis on command responsibility in International Criminal Law. She then worked at the International Criminal Court in The Hague as a Legal Assistant in Chambers. From 2011 to 2014 she was an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Since 2010 she also collaborates with the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) and spent several months in Gaza (Palestine). Chantal joined ECCHR in September 2015 as legal advisor for the International Crimes and Accountability Program.

Claudia Müller-Hoff

Claudia Müller-Hoff
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Claudia Müller-Hoff, LL.M., completed her legal education in Germany and specialized in international law at Warwick, England. After initially practicing as a lawyer on behalf of refugees and migrants in Germany, she worked on the protection of human rights defenders in Latin America. In 2009 she joined the ECCHR Business and Human Rights program and was the original coordinator of the Center’s Education Program. After a stay in Colombia, working at the human rights organization Colectivo de Abogados “José Alvear Restrepo” (2014-15), she rejoined ECCHR in March 2016 where she works on Business and Human Rights.

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Fiona Nelson

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Fiona Nelson studied Law and German at Trinity College Dublin. She was awarded an LL.M. from Humboldt University Berlin with a specialization in public international law and international criminal law. After graduation she worked at the University of Potsdam where she lectured in international law. At ECCHR she works as a legal advisor in the International Crimes and Accountability Program on issues of UK and US accountability and supports the organization’s Media & Communications department.

Anna Ramskogler-Witt

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Anna Ramskogler-Witt studied art history in Vienna. She has worked in the fields of culture and human rights since 2008. Her previous positions included roles as PR manager for POOOL Film Distribution, program director of the human rights film festival "this human world" as well as office and project manager for the Cinema for Peace Foundation. In recent years she has also advised several non-profit organizations and filmmakers as an independent PR manager. Ramskogler-Witt joined ECCHR in March 2017 where she is responsible for the fundraising and donation department.

Simon Rau

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Simon Rau studied international relations in Dresden and Managua (Nicaragua). After obtaining an LL.M. in human rights law from the University of Nottingham (UK), he supported ECCHR as Legal Trainee and Personal Assistant to the General Secretary. As a Mercator Fellow, he then worked at Human Rights Watch on the right to education of refugee children in Turkey, Greece, Lebanon and Jordan, and for Judge Nußberger at the European Court of Human Rights. He is a Bertha Justice Fellow at ECCHR since the fall of 2017.

Christian Schliemann

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After his law studies in Berlin and Strasbourg Christian Schliemann worked at the Free University Berlin, where he among other topics analyzed the rules of public international law for business operations of transnational corporations in weak and failing states. In his PhD project he investigates the entitlement of minorities and indigenous peoples under public international law to autonomously regulate their own collective affairs. Part of this project is an analysis of the dangers transnational corporations create in this regard. He conducted research and worked in Costa Rica and Peru for this purpose. Christian was a Bertha Fellow from 2014 to 2016, since January 2017 he works in ECCHR’s business and human rights department.

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Yaroslavna Sychenkova

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Having studied international relations in Russia, Germany and England, Yaroslavna Sychenkova obtained an LL.M degree in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from the European University Viadrina in Germany with a focus on freedom of speech and protection of whistleblowers. During her studies Sychenkova was involved in protection of human rights defenders she supported Frontline Defenders in Dublin and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders in Geneva, and gained experience in International Criminal Law when supporting ECCHR as a Legal Trainee. Since February 2017 Sychenkova works as a legal advisor in the international crimes and accountability program of ECCHR, in particular on human rights violations committed in Syria.

Dr. Carolijn Terwindt

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Dr. Carolijn Terwindt, graduate in law and anthropology from Utrecht University, joined ECCHR in 2012 in the Business and Human Rights Program where she works closely with workers and their families in Pakistan and Bangladesh on cases of corporate liability in the textile industry. She further developed novel litigation on socio-economic rights in relation to the agribusiness in India. She has published on a wide range of topics, including identity politics, anti-terrorism legislation, contentious criminalization, and the liability of pharmaceuticals off shoring their clinical trials.

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Karina Theurer

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Karina Theurer studied law in Heidelberg, Strasbourg, Paris, and Berlin, conducted research in Peru, and holds an M.A. in interdisciplinary Latin American studies from Freie University Berlin. Since 2010, she has as a lecturer at the Humboldt Law Clinic for Human Rights, and also works as a research fellow at the Chair of Public Law and Gender Studies at the Humboldt University. As a Ph.D. candidate, she analyzes gender stereotyping in criminal law trials on sexualized violence. She joined the ECCHR in August 2017, and currently focuses on conceptual work dealing with public interest litigation and the intersections of art and law.

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Claire Tixeire

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From 2004 to 2011, Claire Tixeire worked for the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) seeking criminal accountability of U.S. officials for war crimes and torture. In those years, she also led the representation of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) before the United Nations in New York. Claire Tixeire obtained her masters and law degrees from the Universities of Panthéon-Sorbonne and of Nanterre in Paris, and holds diplomas in International Law from the University of Kent at Canterbury (UK) and Université du Québec à Montréal (Canada). At ECCHR, Claire directs the Education Program and works with the Business and Human Rights team.

Vera Wriedt

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After completing her BA at Oxford University with a scholarship from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, Vera Wriedt obtained an LLM in Human Rights from Birkbeck College University of London with a Postgraduate Fees Award from Birkbeck's School of Law. During and after her studies, she was involved in numerous projects challenging the injustice of restrictive migration or asylum policies as well as their manifestations at the multiple borders of Europe. Vera Wriedt joined ECCHR in 2016 and became a Bertha Fellow in 2017. Her work at ECCHR seeks to intervene against collective expulsions and other human rights violations at the external borders of Europe, in particular at the Spanish-Moroccan border, the Greek-Macedonian border and the Greek-Turkish border.

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Carsten Gericke

From 2003 until 2008, Carsten Gericke was a research assistant at the Institute of Criminology of Hamburg University Faculty of Law where he worked mainly on topics of international criminal law and criminal procedure. He was licensed as an attorney in 2004 and has ever since worked as a criminal defense lawyer in Hamburg. Until 2008, he was a member of the national executive committee of the Republican Attorneys’ Association (RAV) in Germany, and from 2009 until 2013, he was the association’s executive director. He supports ECCHR in the International Crimes and Accountability Program.