Europe and CIS Programme

Róisín Pillay – Director of the Europe Regional Programme

Róisín Pillay has worked extensively on national implementation of international human rights standards, and on issues of counter-terrorism and human rights. She studied law at Trinity College Dublin and at the University of Cambridge, and qualified as a barrister in Ireland. She previously worked for the Irish Law Reform Commission, for  JUSTICE, the British section of the ICJ, and as an advisor to the UK Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, before joining the ICJ in 2006, where she manages the Europe Regional Programme and leads the work with the European Court of Human Rights and the Council of Europe.

Massimo Frigo – Senior Legal Adviser

Massimo Frigo (photo © European Union 2012) is an international and comparative law expert with particular focus on migration, counter-terrorism, criminal justice, accountability and access to effective remedies and reparations, and the independence of the judiciary and legal profession. Massimo joined the ICJ in 2007 in the Global Security and Rule of Law Programme, the Business and Human Rights programme and Legal and Policy Office, He has been for many years the editor of the ICJ E-Bulletin on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights. Prior to joining the ICJ, he assisted in the research of the International Council on Human Rights Policy. Massimo holds an LL M of the University of London and a Law Degree (Laurea in Giurisprudenza) of the University of Trento. Twitter: @maxfrigo

Temur Shakirov – Senior Legal Adviser

Temur Shakirov specializes in international law with a focus on criminal justice process, fair trial, independence of judges and lawyers, implementation of international human rights obligations by States. Temur joined the Europe and CIS Programme of the ICJ in Geneva in early 2009. He has carried out research, missions other work related to the justice system focusing particularly on CIS States including the Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, Central Asian and others. Temur obtained his LL.M from Washington College of Law of the American University in DC. He previously graduated from the Tashkent State Institute of Law and the Uzbek World Languages University. Before joining the ICJ Temur worked at the Tashkent City Bar Association and the ABA/CEELI in Uzbekistan.

Karolína Babická – Legal Adviser

Karolína Babická is Legal Adviser in the European Programme. Before joining the ICJ in 2016, Karolína worked as migration and asylum policy and advocacy officer in Caritas Europa and as migration policy assistant in Amnesty International EU office in Brussels and in a number of NGOs in Prague. As Legal Advisor for Europe, Karolína works on asylum and migration issues, while also contributing to the wider programmes of work of ICJ in Europe. She holds a PhD in international and European law from Charles University in Prague and the Certificate of European Asylum and Migration Law from the Odysseus Network, Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Dina Iskaliyeva – Associate Programme Officer

Dina Iskaliyeva is an Associate Programme Officer working part-time in the Europe Programme of the ICJ. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in international relations from Kazakh-German University in Almaty. Dina has undergone training on the analysis of reports within the frames of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiatives (EITI). Her professional experience includes working with different international organizations. She is currently working with the Legal Policy Research Centre (LPRC), Kazakhstan, as a Project Coordinator. She coordinates various projects on human rights related topics such as business and human rights, rights of human rights defenders, freedom from torture and others. Throughout her career, Dina has worked with various stakeholders including representatives of State bodies, bar associations, civil society and business enterprises in Kazakhstan.

Irina Chibisova – Translator

Irina Chibisova is Translator in the ICJ Europe Programme. She graduated from Moscow State Linguistic University where she studied foreign languages and international law as a second major, and did a six-month student exchange programme at Humboldt University in Berlin, Faculty of Law. Irina started working with the ICJ translation in 2008. Since 2005 to date, she has worked as a translator at the International Protection Center in the Russian Federation, focusing on the European Court of Human Rights cases.


Dmitriy Nurumov – Legal Programme Consultant

In 2015-2016, Dmitriy Nurumov served as Special Adviser on Ukraine for the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM). In 2011, he joined OSCE/HCNM as Legal Adviser. In 2014, he was promoted to the position of Senior Adviser in 2014. Prior to that, he worked at the ODIHR Rule of Law Unit as OSCE/ODIHR Rule of Law Programme Coordinator in Central Asia and managed a trial-monitoring project in Armenia. Before joining the OSCE/ODIHR, Dmitry Nurumov was a Legal Expert for the OSCE Centre in Almaty from 2001 to 2003. In the past, he also worked for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and for a local NGO in Kazakhstan. In 2000, he defended a PhD in International Public Law at Moscow State Institute (University) of International Relations (MGIMO). He has written and edited publications on criminal procedure, human rights and constitutional law.

Mónica López de Rego García-Arquimbau – Programme Manager

Before joining ICJ in August 2017, she worked on semi-emergency response and development projects for several international NGOs such as Africa Development Corps and Médicos del Mundo. During this time she was based in different countries including Liberia, Greece and Sierra Leone. Mónica holds two degrees – in Law from UNED and in International Relations from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She is currently pursuing higher education in human rights.

Kasia NOWAK – Administration Officer

Kasia is the Administrative Assistant in ICJ Europe Programme. She holds a BA in Media and Cultural Studies with Television Production from the Kingston University London and is now following a Master course in International Business, Economics and Management at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. She has previously had an internship in the news television channel TVN24, volunteered during the project “Marseille-Provence 2013 European Capital of Culture”, and worked in the European Commission in Brussels.