Donate now! Donate
Simon Rau

Bertha Justice Fellow

Simon Rau

ECCHR mourns the loss of Simon Rau. Our colleague Simon had just recently turned thirty: far too young to die, and yet that is what happened. A few weeks ago, on a Tuesday morning in June. He was laid to rest on 5 July 2019 in Marburg, where he grew up. On 1 July 2019, friends and colleagues joined Simon's family in his adopted hometown of Berlin to mourn his death. Struggling to come to terms with what had happened, we were all at a loss.

Simon had so much he wanted to do, he always took on so much. He didn't like to have the brakes put on. He was eager to take on responsibility and then never shied from the task, even when, occasionally, it burdened him. Again and again he embraced new adventures: Turkey, Colombia, working on human rights violations against migrants on the Greek islands, the use of pesticides in Latin America or cases of murder by the Argentine military dictatorship. None of these were easy situations to deal with, but even when he found it difficult, he didn't avoid them, he wished to confront them.

With kindness, openness and empathy – that was how Simon met those he worked with, and the people he met on his travels.

May his all-too-premature death be a reminder to us to follow his example, to treat each other and all those we meet with same kindness, openness and empathy that Simon showed.

Our thoughts are in particular with Simon's mother, his family, and his close friends.

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 was a Bertha Justice Fellow at ECCHR since the fall of 2017.

About us

Entries (14)

  • Blog post

    "Without Education They Lose Their Future"

  • Academic article

    Haft und Schläge statt Asyl. An der ungarischen Grenze werden Europas Grundwerte mit Füßen getreten

  • Blog post

    Greece: No School for Many Asylum-Seeking Kids

  • Blog post

    Following the Money: Lack of Transparency in Donor Funding for Syrian Refugee Education

  • Blog post

    Turkey: Education Barriers for Asylum Seekers

  • Academic article

    How the EU Can Make its Syria Aid Go further

  • Academic article

    The Future of Turkey-EU Relations: 4 Scenarios for 2018

  • Blog post

    The Implementation of the EU-Turkey Deal Betrays European Values

  • Academic article

    'The Border is not where the border is.' Die spanisch-marokkanische Grenze als Beispiel des europäischen Grenzregimes

  • Academic article

    Serdar Mohammed v State Secretary of Defense and Hassan v UK: News on the Relationship between the European Convention on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law

  • Academic article

    Drones, Guerra y Playstation

  • Academic article

    Transnationale juristische Kämpfe gegen Menschenrechtsverletzungen durch Unternehmen

  • Academic article

    Case Review – The Appeals Judgement in Serdar Mohammed v State Secretary for Defense

  • Academic article

    Autoritäre Repression unter dem Vorwand der Souveränität



  • General Secretary

    Wolfgang Kaleck

  • Legal Director

    Miriam Saage-Maaß

  • Director of the Institute for Legal Intervention

    Annelen Micus

  • Program Director International Crimes and Accountability

    Andreas Schüller

  • Co-Program Director Business and Human Rights

    Cannelle Lavite

  • Co-Program Director Business and Human Rights

    Christian Schliemann-Radbruch

  • Deputy Program Director International Crimes and Accountability

    Alexander Schwarz

  • Heads Communications Department

    Maria Bause

  • Director of Finance and Administration

    Anne Fargeas

  • Director Communications and Advocacy

    Martin Glasenapp

  • Business and Human Rights

    Chloé Bailey

  • International Crimes and Accountability

    Arne Bardelle

  • Business and Human Rights

    Annabell Brüggemann

  • Office Management

    Jenny Dahlström

  • Border justice

    Abby d’Arcy

  • Business and Human Rights

    Laura Duarte Reyes

  • Office Manager

    Gil Samuel Eigher

  • Institute for Legal Intervention

    Rieke Ernst

  • Media and Communication

    Josephine Gäbler

  • Border justice

    Hanaa Hakiki

  • Fundraising and partnerships

    Natalie Hauser


    Isabelle Hassfurther

  • Communications and fundraising

    Susanne Hentschel

  • Business and human rights

    Sönke Hilbrans

  • Sarah Imani

  • Media and Communication

    Philipp Jedamzik

  • Research Assistance to the General Secretary

    Magdalena Kaffai


    Katharina Kersten

  • International Crimes and Accountability

    Antonia Klein

  • International Crimes and Accountability

    Patrick Kroker

  • Media and Communication

    Sigrun Matthiesen

  • Business and Human Rights

    Theresa Mockel

  • Student Trainee Fundraising

    Isabel Mühlmann

  • Institut für juristische Intervention

    Andrea Ries

  • Border justice

    Delphine Rodrik

  • International Crimes and Accountability

    Silvia Rojas-Castro

  • Investigative Commons

    Anne Schroeter

  • Human Resources and Financial Operations

    Eva Seeliger

  • International Crimes and Accountability

    Joumana Seif

  • Institute for Legal Intervention / Business and Human Rights

    Claire Tixeire


    Rahel Weldemariam

  • International Crimes and Accountability

    Allison West

  • Media and Communications

    Dave Youssef

  • Communications and Fundraising

    Nicolina Zimmermann


  • Institute for Legal Intervention

    Daniel Augenstein

  • Border justice

    Carsten Gericke

  • International Crimes and Accountability

    Chantal Meloni

  • Business and Human Rights

    Ben Vanpeperstraete


  • Council Chairwoman

    Lotte Leicht

  • Vice Chairman

    Tobias Singelnstein

  • Council member

    Dieter Hummel

Emeritus advisory board

  • Theo van Boven

  • Peter Weiss

Advisory Board

  • Board ProDesc

    Alejandra Ancheita

  • Writer and activist

    Priya Basil

  • General Secretary Amnesty International Germany

    Markus N. Beeko

  • Reed Brody

  • Professor of the Sociology of Diversity

    Andrea Bührmann

  • Joshua Castellino

  • International Network of Civil Liberties and Human Rights Organizations (INCLO)

    Gastón Chillier

  • Secretary General Amnesty International Germany

    Julia Duchrow

  • Founder Human Rights Law Network

    Colin Gonsalves

  • Professor for International Criminal Law

    Florian Jeßberger

  • Wits Law School

    Bonita Meyersfeld

  • Professor for International Law and Human Rights

    Manfred Nowak

  • lawyer

    Jennifer Robinson

  • Director Right Livelihood Award Foundation

    Ole von Uexküll

  • Executive director CCR

    Vince Warren

In Memoriam

  • Michael Ratner

  • Bertha Justice Fellow

    Simon Rau