With the help of the Bertha Foundation ECCHR has the capacity to offer two-year fellowships to particularly qualified candidates from our alumn* 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:
Cannelle Lavite studied law at the Université de Toulouse (France). She was awarded an LL.M. with a specialization in corporate governance and criminal law from the Université de Montréal (Canada) and the Université de Lyon (France). After her graduation, she worked for several local organizations in Brazil and Mongolia focusing on socio-economic rights. She then worked at Human Rights Watch on the trial of Hissène Habré. Cannelle Lavite's doctoral thesis looks at the protection of whistleblowers under asylum law. In autumn 2018, she joined ECCHR's Business and Human Rights Program as a Bertha Justice Fellow.