With the help of the Bertha Foundation ECCHR has the capacity to offer two-year fellowships to particularly qualified candidates from our alumni and volunteers. Bertha 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.
They are part of a growing global network of Bertha Fellows.
Note: There is no external application procedure for the Bertha Fellowship at ECCHR.
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 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 International Crimes and Accountability Program with a particular focus on migration. She became a Bertha Fellow in 2015.
Alejandra Muñoz Valdez
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 works as a legal advisor since July 2015. She became a Bertha Fellow in October 2015.
Dr. Nicolas Bueno
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, Mr. 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 Christian continued working in the ECCHR’s business and human rights department as a Legal Advisor.
Dr. Carolijn Terwindt
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.
Dr. Annelen Micus
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 is a member of the Working Group against Impunity of Amnesty International Germany. After her Bertha Fellowship, Annelen continued working at ECCHR in the Program on International Crimes and Accountability until 2015.