Our Staff

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Dzavit Berisha, Publications Officer. He has a secondary school degree as a miner. Due to the war in Kosovo he didn't have the opportunity to further his education. Since 1999 he is a human rights activist, working to defend the rights of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian refugees in Macedonia. He received the Human Rights Award of the Hungarian Ministry of Justice in December 2007. He joined the ERRC in June 2004.

Nicole Garbin, Lawyer. Nicole graduated from the Trieste University (Italy) and has a LLM in French Private Law (Paris 2 Panthéon Assas). She is a qualified Italian lawyer and worked for Italian and French law firms for almost 5 years. In 2015 Nicole successfully completed a MA in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Paris 2 Panthéon Assas. She joined the ERRC in January 2015.

Judit Geller, Senior Lawyer. She holds a BA degree in Public Administration from the Corvinus University of Budapest and a Master of Laws from the Eotvos Lorand University Budapest. She studied international law at the Law Faculty of University of Leuven, Belgium and completed a traineeship at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. Judit passed the Hungarian State Bar exam in April 2012. She joined the ERRC in November 2007.

Djordje Jovanovic, Networking and Research Director. He holds a university degree in preschool education and completed Romology studies at the University of Novi Sad. He also studied psychotherapy at the school of Transactional Analysis (TA) and is a TA practitioner. Djordje has had a long relationship with the ERRC. He was an intern in 2001, in 2003 he joined the staff as a Research Assistant and after that he worked as a researcher in various ERRC projects. He joined the ERRC in November 2009.

Stefan Luca, Lawyer. He holds a BA in Law from the Faculty of Law at the University of Bucharest, and has studied international human rights law at Lund University, Sweden. He is a member of the Bucharest Bar and has worked at the European Court of Human Rights and the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, within the department of the Government’s Agent for the European Court of Human Rights. He joined the ERRC in August 2013.

Hajnalka Nemeth, Office and Operations Manager. She started her career as the Secretary to the Executive Director for a Construction Company. She moved to Budapest in 1990 and worked at MTI (Hungarian News Agency) as an English Language Operator. She joined the ERRC in January 2005.

Julianna Oros, Financial Officer. She graduated from the in Budapest University of Technology and Economics and a post-graduate degree in statistics. She also completed a tax-advisory course. She joined the ERRC in June 2004.

Anna Orsos, Programmes Assistant. She studied Human Management in PTE-FEEK and completed an international program in NGO Management, Advocacy and Public Campaign Facilitation at the International Peoples' College in Helzingor, Denmark. She worked as a regional coordinator at the National Educational Integration Network and at the Amrita association for Integrated education of Roma youth. Her experience includes work with PHARE, HEFOP and many research projects. She joined the ERRC in January 2009.

Anna Robinson, Information Officer. Anna holds an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from the Central European University in Budapest and Utrecht University, The Netherlands. She has previously worked with Habitat for Humanity Hungary, ATGENDER: The European Association for Gender Research, Education and Documentation, The Feminist Press at the City University of New York, and The Nation Institute. She joined the ERRC in January 2016.

Senada Sali, Legal Trainee holds a BA degree in Legal Studies from the Law University "Iustinian Primus" -Skopje and a Master degree in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University-Budapest. She previously worked as a street law lecturer of students from vulnerable groups in Macedonia, Kosovo and Bulgaria. a coordinator of Youth in Action (Council of Europe) projects and as a tutor at the CEU Roma Access Program. She joined ERRC in January 2016.

Anca Sandescu, Human Rights Trainer. She holds an LLM in International and European Law from the University of Amsterdam and an MA in Human Rights from Central European University, Budapest. She previously worked with PATRIR, the Romanian Peace Institute, the Ethnocultural Diversity Resource Center (EDRC) in Romania and several other European NGOs such as UNOY Peacemakers in the Netherlands and the Human Rights Students Initiative in Hungary. She joined the ERRC in March 2010.

Orsolya Szendrey, Policy Analyst. Orsolya has been working to promote equal opportunities for Roma since 2001. Before joining the ERRC she was the advocacy consultant of the Making the Most of EU Funds for Roma Program of the Open Society Foundations and for several years she worked for the Roma Education Fund as policy consultant. Orsolya also cooperated with Hungarian civil society organizations in civil society shadow reporting and advocacy activities and supported the litigation of two education segregation cases of the Chance for Children Foundation. Before that Orsolya was involved in the planning of equal opportunity measures and the programming of EU funds for education development in Hungary as a policy adviser of the Hungarian Education Ministry and worked as the supervisor of equal opportunity experts. She holds degrees in political science, education and public policy. She joined ERRC in 2015.

Marek Szilvasi, Research and Advocacy Officer. He holds a BA and MA in Sociology and Philosophy from the Palacky University Olomouc, the Czech Republic, a MA in European Studies from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Aberdeen, the United Kingdom, which was sponsored by the inter-disciplinary Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law (CISRUL). Marek previously worked with the Secretariats of the Decade of Roma Inclusion and the European Sociological Association (ESA). He joined the ERRC in February 2012.

Adam Weiss, Legal Director.  Adam is a member of the New York State bar and holds an LLM from King’s College (University of London), a JD from Columbia Law School, a diplôme d’études approfondies from the Université de Paris-IV (La Sorbonne) and an AB from Harvard University. Adam joined the ERRC in August 2013.  His areas of specialty are European Union migration law (particularly EU law on the free movement of persons) and litigation under the European Convention on Human Rights, as well as discrimination law.  Before joining the ERRC, Adam was the Legal Director at the AIRE Centre (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe) in London, where he worked for six years.  Adam has been involved in the litigation of a wide range of cases before the European Court of Human Rights, as well as cases before domestic courts and the Court of Justice of the European Union.  He has lectured widely on European law to judges, lawyers and NGOs.

Michal Zalesak, Lawyer. He holds a Masters of Law (Mgr.) degree from the University of Matej Bel in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia and a Master of Law in Human Rights with a specialisation in EU Law (LL.M) degree from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. He was an intern at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,Slovak Republic, in 2008 and at the ERRC in 2010. In 2010, he also attended a Summer University in Budapest with a special focus on  EU law that was taught by the Total Law team, led by Professor Joseph Weiler. Later, he worked as a legal trainee in a law office and also for Ludia proti rasizmu (People Against Racism) as a project manager. He joined the ERRC in October 2012 as a legal fellow dealing with litigation and research in relation to the Czech Republic and Slovakia and was promoted to the position of Lawyer on 1 January 2015.

Atanas Zahariev, Junior Interim Networking Officer. He holds a BA in Pedagogy and French and an MA in Critical Gender Studies from the Central European University in Budapest. Previous to joining ERRC, Atanas worked on Roma inclusion matters as Sector Officer and as Sector trainee for the EEA/NO grants and as a stagiaire at European Commission, DG Education and Culture. In 2013 Atanas was Gender research fellow at ERRC. His working experience focuses mainly on Roma inclusion policies and programmes in EU countries. He joined ERRC in 2015.

ERRC Seeks Lawyer or Legal Trainee

3 May 2016

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) seeks qualified applicants for the position of lawyer or legal trainee (depending on the selected candidate’s level of experience). This position is for a career activist with legal skills (as opposed to a career lawyer interested in activism). The lawyer or legal trainee will play a crucial role in the ERRC’s cutting-edge work of bringing innovative, strategic legal cases to further the cause of Roma emancipation. 

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ERRC submission to the European Commission on the EU Roma Framework (February 2016)

19 February 2016

Written comments by the ERRC to the European Commission on progress in 2015 with the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies (NRIS).

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Combating Hate Crime and Hate Speech in France and Italy

4 February 2016

Introduction

For years, the ERRC has been documenting hate crime and hate speech in various countries. With support from the Open Society Initiative for Europe, the ERRC is carrying out a project designed to expose the extent of anti-Roma hate crime and hate speech in France and Italy and improve the authorities' response to these problems. The purpose of this project is to introduce a new methodology for this work and apply it in these two Western European countries, where the extent of anti-Roma hate speech and hate crime is largely recognised, but poorly documented or addressed. 

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