Volodymyr G. Butkevych
Ukrainian scholar and lawyer, Juris Doctor, professor, political and social activist.
Graduated fromShevchenkoKievStateUniversity, completed post-graduate studies at the Department of International Relations and International Law of that university; headed the Department of International Relations and International Law, was director of theInstituteofInternational Relationsand International Law. He was elected a Member of Parliament of the second convocation, Head of the Commission on Human Rights, National Minorities and International Relations of the Verkhovna Rada ofUkraine. In 1998-2008 he was a judge at the European Court of Human Rights.
He is a member of the World Congress of Ukrainian Lawyers, author of over 250 scientific works, including 11 monographs and textbooks. Honoured Lawyer ofUkraine.
Director of theBudapestoffice of the Open Society Justice Initiative; director of the program on the development of legal capacity, legal aid system and access to legal proceedings. Namoradze was a lawyer, and later a deputy director of theInstituteofConstitutionaland Legal Policy at the Open Society Institute, where he was involved in project design and management of legal clinics, constitutional and legal reforms and legal empowerment of judicial protection of human rights in the former Soviet Union andEastern Europe. Namoradze worked in the legal department of the Central Election Commission of Georgia and was a member of the State Constitutional Commission.
Namoradze graduated fromTbilisiStateUniversity, studied Comparative Constitutionalism at theCentralEuropeanUniversityand received his Master of Law degree at the University of Chicago Law School.
Karina A. Moskalenko
Member of the Russian Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights (1993), the Expert Council under the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation (1999), the Moscow Helsinki Group (1999). Awarded a medal of the Ombudsman in theRussian Federation“For Human Rights” (1999) and the highest legal award “Femida2000”.
In 1994, K. Moskalenko has created a Centre for International Protection – a public advocacy organization that brings together professional lawyers and uses international human rights protection mechanisms.
With the assistance of the Centre more than 300 cases were filed to theEuropean Court, and more than 100 cases againstRussiamade gains.
Karina Moskalenko has been recognized as one of the most effective and courageous attorneys that deal with human rights issues. She was awarded the International Human Rights Prize “Ludovic-Trarieux International”, the William J. Brennan Prize for Justice and the International Helsinki Federation Recognition Award. In 2010 Moskalenko received an honorary Doctor of Law degree at the Southern Methodist University.
Barrister at Monckton Chambers, London (2006 to present), Professor at Central European University (1997 – present) and Oxford University (2010 – present), Professor, lecturer at the International Institute for Human Rights (2001 – present), Honorary Senior Researcher at the University of Birmingham (2006 – present), member (2008 – present) and Chairman (2010 – present) of the Scientific Committee Agency for fundamental Rights of the European Union, the coordinator of the Expert Council on NGO legislation under the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe (2008 – present); an expert on human rights at the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights and UNDP; editor of Butterworths Human Rights Cases and consulting editor of Commonwealth Human Rights Law Digest; co-founder and chairman of INTERIGHTS (International Centre for Legal Protection of Human Rights).
In the past he was a lecturer on International Human Rights Law at the University of Birmingham (1978-2006), member of the European Union Network of Experts on Fundamental Rights (2002-2006), Scientific Expert on Fundamental Principles of the Status of Non-Governmental Organizations at the Council of Europe (2000-2002), Recommendations on the use of detention and the provision of safeguards against abuse (Recommendation № R (2006) 13) (2002-06) and Recommendations on the legal status of non-governmental organizations (CM / Rec (2007) 14E) (2006-7); Guest Professor at the University of Santa Clara, California (1977-98), Guest Professor at the Stockholm University (1990-1996), Senior International Consultant at the National Human Rights Office of Latvia (UNDP) (1996-1998).
Edward A. Rucker
Attorney. He graduated from theUniversityofCaliforniainBerkeley(BA Degree – 1964, JD Degree – 1967). Recognized by Criminal Courts Bar Association inLos Angelesas “Best Trial Lawyer of the Year” and included in the list of topU.S.lawyers.
For 14 years he worked at the Los Angeles Judicial District Public Defenders Office, and during that experience gained representation in criminal cases at different stages and in different categories of cases.
For 5 years he was Deputy Head of the North-Eastern Los Angeles Judicial District Public Defenders Office.
According to the Decree of the President and with support of Open Society Justice Initiative Foundation E. Rucker was responsible for developing a national model of a system that will provide access to legal representation in criminal cases. For two years, he participated in the creation of offices for legal protection in three different cities ofUkraine, held talks with the police and courts to ensure cooperation on their part, held seminars for lawyers across the country and has advised the Commission that developed the draft of the new Criminal Code of Ukraine.
Dmitry Shabelnykov heads theMoscowoffice of PILnet and is responsible for the Russian branch of PILnet. He has made significant efforts to reform the system of legal aid inRussiaand for the development of a network of educational legal clinics in the country. After expansion of the Moscow PILnet office in 2007, he continues to design the main strategies of PILnet inRussia, including programs for reforming the legal aid system and initiatives to reform legal education and dissemination of pro bono practices.
Shabelnykov graduated from the Philological Faculty of Moscow State University in 1993 and from the Moscow Institute of Economics, Management and Law in 2003. Prior to joining PILnet in 2003, he worked various jobs in theMoscowoffice of the American Bar Association and Eurasian Law Initiative (ABA CEELI) and the Ford Foundation. Shabelnykov wrote, edited and translated several books on public interest law, legal aid and other related topics.
Michelle Learing is the Executive Director and lawyer at Advocacy and Law Center (CALC) inBellville,Ontario,Canada. She graduated from the Law Department of theUniversityofWestern Ontario, and also has a degree in Political Science. Once she started to work in the legal clinics inOntarioin 1985, funded by Legal AidOntario, Michelle worked on local projects creating a strong system of clinics and supporting innovation in public services. She was a founding member of the network of lawyers inCanadathat provide the poor with access to legal aid. She has implemented research projects on issues of poverty, homelessness and affordable housing, access to justice for rural, remote and speech communities, as well as on promoting good governance in the system of local legal clinics. She recently co-authored publications “Knowledge Management, Sharing and Creation: Report on Phase I of the KnowledgeNOW Project” (2010) and “Paths to Justice: Navigating with the Wandering Lost” (2011). In 2010 she organized a week-long study tour for a group of employees of Ukrainian centres for public protection, so they could learn about the system of legal clinics and legal aid in Ontario.
Her current research interests and practices include the following topics: access to justice, international legal aid, strategic and operational planning, capacity assessment and quality assurance, knowledge management, support for transformational leadership and organizational learning, promotion of community development, systemic advocacy and legal approach to literacy in terms of legal aid. Michelle now completes the study to promote “reflective practice” as a key potential for lawyers, and develops an elective course to introduce the reflective practice in law schools.