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Matej AccettoMatej Accetto

Matej Accetto is a judge at the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia but also continues to teach at the University of Ljubljana and at the Católica Global School of Law / UCP Lisbon, where he had held professorships prior to taking up his post in March 2017. A former Fellow of the Lord Slynn of Hadley European Law Foundation (2003–04), the Monica Partridge Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge, Fitzwilliam College (2006), a Japan Foundation Fellow at Waseda University (2011) and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law (2012), his main research focus is on EU public law, notably the role of the courts, and on citizenship issues.


Fabrizio CafaggiFabrizio Cafaggi

Project Director of ACTIONES at the European University Institute (EUI). Former Professor of comparative law at the EUI, founding member and member of the Executive committee of the European Law Institute and member of the American Law Institute. Professor of private law at University of Trento.



Omar JadwatOmar Jadwat

Omar Jadwat (@OmarJadwat) is director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, which he joined as a Skadden Fellow in 2002. Omar has litigated numerous groundbreaking cases at IRP, including suits challenging the Trump administration’s Muslim ban; Arizona’s SB 1070 and other state and local anti-immigrant laws; and ICE’s use of immigration detainers. He graduated from NYU Law School and was a law clerk for Judge John G. Koeltl of the Southern District of New York. He is also an adjunct professor at NYU Law.

Wolfgang KaleckWolfgang Kaleck

He is the founder and General Secretary of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) in Berlin. Together with partners around the world ECCHR takes legal proceedings in cases of crimes against international law or related to business and human rights.
Kaleck is also the European lawyer of Whistleblower Edward Snowden. As an author he published "Unternehmen vor Gericht." (2016), "Mit Recht gegen die Macht" (2015) and "Double Standards: International Criminal Law and the West" (2015).

In recognition of his commitment Kaleck has recently been awarded the Bruno Kreisky prize for services to human rights (2017).


Manfred NowakManfred Nowak

EIUC Secretary General, Professor of International Law and Human Rights - University of Vienna, and Co-Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann institute of Human Rights (BIM), is the Secretary General at EIUC. Prof. Nowak has also been Head of the interdisciplinary research centre Human Rights at the University of Vienna since 2014, vice chair of the Management Board of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights in Vienna and Scientific Director of the Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights, University of Vienna, since 2012.

Manfred Nowak was United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture from 2004 to 2010. From 2000 to 2007 Prof. Manfred Nowak was the EMA Chairperson - EMA was awarded the 2006 UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education (Honourable Mention).


Elina PirjatanniemiElina Pirjatanniemi

Elina Pirjatanniemi is Professor of Constitutional and International Law at Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland. She is also the Director of the Institute for Human Rights at the very same university. She is an expert on human rights, as well as asylum and migration law, and on the relationship between human rights and criminal justice. She also holds a title of Docent in Criminal Law at the University of Turku, Finland. Her publications cover several areas of law, with a particular emphasis on human rights, migration and criminal law. Elina Pirjatanniemi is a member of the EIUC Board of Administrators.



Barbara PohárnokBarbara Pohárnok

Barbara Pohárnok, attorney-at-law (member of the Budapest Bar Association), staff attorney at the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC), based in Budapest. Her work at the HHC currently involves legal representation before domestic authorities and courts and strategic litigation before international courts and forums (European Court of Human Rights, the Court of Justice of the European Union and the United Nations) mainly in asylum- and immigration related cases, but she is also representing victims of police abuse, those complaining of police abuse and cases related to human rights violations of detained persons. She graduated from Eötvös Lóránd University (ELTE), Faculty of Law (Budapest) in 2000, between 2002-2004 she completed a post-graduate course in European law at ELTE Institute of Post-graduate Legal Studies (Budapest) and she took several courses on refugee- and immigration law (Budapest, Brussels – Université Libre de Bruxelles, and Strasbourg eg.) and in ‘Strategic Human Rights Litigation’ (Central European University, Open Society Justice Initiative). She started working at the HHC in 2001, previously she led the HHC’s Refugee Programme and was the ELENA (European Legal Network on Asylum) coordinator for Hungary.


Zuzanna Rudzińska-BluszczZuzanna Rudzińska-Bluszcz

Zuzanna Rudzińska-Bluszcz is a Chief Coordinator for the Strategic Litigation in the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights of Poland. On behalf of the Commissioner she litigated several groundbreaking cases regarding discrimination, freedom of expression and personal rights’ protection. She is also engaged in the human rights advocacy before the United Nations treaty bodies. Rudzińska-Bluszcz took up her post in November 2015. Before that, she was a barrister at one of the biggest Polish law firms where she gained extensive experience in litigation and arbitration and expanded firm’s pro bono practice. She was an active member of the Bar Council and a judge at the High Disciplinary Court. Zuzanna Rudzińska-Bluszcz graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw and from Cardiff Law School. This year she participated in the Open Society Justice Initiative summer school on Strategic Human Rights Litigation.


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