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Bertha Justice Fellows
Two-year fellowships for emerging lawyers
With the help of the Bertha Foundation ECCHR has the capacity to offer two-year fellowships to particularly qualified candidates from our alumnx and volunteers. Bertha Justice Fellows form an integral part of our team. They are distinguished not only by their professional competence but also by their political insight and radical approach to legal work.
Bertha Justice Fellows are part of a global network comprised of more than 200 participants from more than 17 countries. They all work with organizations whose goal is to enforce human rights by legal means.
The Bertha Justice Fellowship Program is training the next generation of human rights and movement lawyers in pursuit of social justice and human rights for all. Funded by the Bertha Foundation, which fights for a more just world by supporting activists, storytellers, and lawyers, the Program provides two-year fellowships to emerging lawyers at the best public interest law centers around the world.
During the Fellowship, Fellows gain practical experience working alongside renowned professionals and build connections with a global network of like-minded Fellows and senior lawyers for solidarity and mentorship. Fellows get exposure to movement lawyering, in which lawyers are deeply connected with social movements and work collaboratively with activists to define legal strategies, and to the use of media as a tool to advance legal advocacy campaigns.
In the next ten years, the Bertha Justice Fellowship Program aims to train 1,000 lawyers, who are motivated to work alongside storytellers and activists to hold states and corporations to account.
In the last years, those lawyers have joined ECCHR as Bertha Justice Fellows:
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 General Secretary Wolfgang Kaleck. 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.
After completing her BA at Oxford University with a scholarship from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, Vera Wriedt obtained an LL.M. 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 the European Union.
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 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 Migration program. She became a Bertha Justice Fellow in 2015.
Alejandra Muñoz Valdez holds a Liberal Arts Bachelor's degree at University College Utrecht (Netherlands) where she majored in Law and an LL.M. in International Human Rights at the Irish Centre for Human Rights in Galway. She also completed an internship in the Appeals Chamber at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague (Netherlands). She joined ECCHR in 2014 as a Legal Trainee in the International Crimes and Accountability program where she worked as a legal advisor since July 2015. She became a Bertha Justice Fellow in October 2015.
Nicolas Bueno specialized in Public International Law and Human Rights Law at the University of Lausanne and at the Freie University in Berlin. He interned at the European Court of Human Rights (2008) and at the International Criminal Court (2009). In 2013, he was a Fulbright Research Fellow at Columbia Law School in New York. He wrote his PhD thesis on "Democracy and the Future of Political Human Rights". During his Bertha Fellowship, Bueno worked as Legal Researcher for the Business and Human Rights program.
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. After his Bertha Fellowship Schliemann continued working in ECCHR's Business and Human Rights program as a Legal Advisor.
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 (Bertha Fellowship 2013-2015). 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.
Annelen Micus studied law at the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg and the Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires. Furthermore, she has worked in Costa Rica and Colombia. In her PhD thesis she analyzed the jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and transitional justice in South America. Annelen Micus is a member of the Working Group against Impunity of Amnesty International Germany. After her Bertha Fellowship, she continued working at ECCHR in the Program on International Crimes and Accountability until 2015.