Ðorđe Jovanović 
President

Ðorđe’s relationship with the ERRC dates back to 2001. Jovanović’s family instilled in him an abiding aversion to fascism, racism, and other forms of injustice. Motivated by his relatives’ experiences of torture, forced labour, and, in some cases, extermination in Nazi concentration and death camps, Jovanović has dedicated his professional life to working for the emancipation of his fellow Roma. Jovanović is also openly gay and is particularly interested in the intersectional forms of discrimination many Roma face. 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. Prior to being named President and, Jovanović was the ERRC’s Research and Networks Director.

Adam Weiss
Managing Director

Adam originally came to the ERRC in 2013 as Legal Director to channel his passion for strategic litigation into change for Roma. Raised in a Jewish community with a deep education about the Holocaust, he keenly feels how serious and widespread anti-Gypsyism in Europe is today. He wants to be part of fighting the everyday racism Roma experience, and realising the European ideal of equal societies based on human rights that he was raised to believe would be the legacy of what happened in the Second World War. He 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 undergraduate degree from Harvard University. He has nurtured expertise in strategic litigation, non-profit management, and professional activism, and, as a lawyer, specialises in European Union migration law and litigation before the European Court of Human Rights. Weiss 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 and has published numerous academic articles and blogs on human rights and non-discrimination.

 

Staff

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.

Angyalka Kulcsár, Management Assistant. Angyalka earned a degree in social work at John Wesley Theological College (Budapest) in 2012. With over ten years of experience in the field of social work, she has worked extensively with Roma and underprivileged populations in Budapest. Angyalka has completed courses in conflict management and mediation, and has done volunteer work as an assistant to a lawyer providing pro bono legal services. In 2013, she was a participant of the Roma Fellowship of the U.S. Embassy in Budapest. Angyalka joined the ERRC in May 2016.

Jonathan Lee, Communications Officer graduated with a Masters degree in Middle East & Islamic Studies from the Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter. He also holds a BSc in Archaeology and Forensic Science from Exeter, and has completed studies in Arabic, International Relations and Anthropology at the University of Malta. Jonathan has previously worked as a case worker for a Roma and Traveler liaison service in England, as an IT and systems design consultant for small business in South Wales, and as part of a film and media company focusing on arts productions and business media solutions. He joined the ERRC in May 2016.

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, Women’s Rights Officer. 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.

Bernard Rorke, Advocacy Officer. He has a MSc in Politics and Sociology from Birkbeck College, University of London, and a PhD in Political Theory from the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, London. He worked as international research and advocacy director for the Open Society Roma Initiatives until December 2013. Prior to that he was director of the Roma Participation Program, and worked on Roma issues with the Open Society Foundations since 1998. Since the launch of the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies in 2011, he has produced numerous reports, briefings and articles related to the process, and was heavily involved in civil society reporting on the progress of the Framework. He has also been involved for over a decade in advocating for the rights and wellbeing of Romani children; promoting access to early childhood education, school desegregation and access to quality integrated education for Romani pupils across central and south-eastern Europe. He currently teaches the “Roma Rights” course at the Central European University in Budapest. He is also editor of the ERRC Blog and is a regular contributor and commentator on Roma issues. He joined the ERRC in May 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.

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, Head of Research and Human Rights Education. 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.

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, Advocacy 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 Communications Intern or Trainee

10 August 2016

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) seeks a Communications Intern or Trainee with experience in research, media, communications or a related field to assist in the promotion of ERRC material on Roma Rights and the activities of the Communications department.

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Adam Weiss on Roma Genocide Remembrance

3 August 2016

ERRC Managing Director Adam Weiss shares his experience of being taught of the holocaust growing up in a Jewish family, and his early perception of Roma as victims of genocide by the Nazis.

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Ethel Brooks on Roma Genocide Remembrance

2 August 2016

Seventy-two years ago today, 2,897 men, women, and children from Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp were forced onto trucks, taken to gas chamber V, and murdered with Zyklon B hydrogen cyanide. Their bodies, too many for the crematorium’s capacity, were burned in pits outside. Upon the Soviet liberation of Auschwitz in 1945, only 4 Roma remained alive.

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