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Europe and Central Asia Programme

Róisín Pillay – Director

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, following human rights issues related to asylum and migration, children’s rights, rule of law or counter-terrorism. She contributes to legal analysis, capacity building for legal professionals, research and advocacy work. Before joining the ICJ in 2016, Karolína worked in various NGOs in Brussels and in Prague. 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.

Catherine Courbe – Programme Manager

Catherine joined the ICJ in February 2020. She supports the ICJ Europe and Central Asia Programme to develop, implement, monitor and report on projects that seek to protect human rights through adherence to the rule of law. Catherine previously worked on Emergency Response programs and on Civil Society Organisation projects for an international NGO; during this time she was based in different countries including South Sudan and Yemen. Catherine holds two degrees – in Political Sciences from Université de Liege and in International Law from Université de Grenoble.

Dina Massanova – Programme Officer

Dina Massanova is a program officer in Europe and CA program. She joined the ICJ in 2016. Prior to the ICJ Dina had worked in international organizations and human rights NGOs in Kazakhstan. In the ICJ, she provides daily support to project implementation, planning and reporting. She holds a Bachelor degree in international relations from the Kazakh-German University, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Mouna Raouani – Finance Officer

Mouna Raouani Joined ICJ ECA programme in January 2022, She holds a Bachelor’s and A Master’s degree in Accountancy and she has held increasingly responsible roles supporting the finance and accounts functions in both private and non-profit sector, possessing more than 9 years of experience in key positions in the accounts and finance department including working as a Finance Officer in the ICJ MENA programme. She has managed to gain an extensive insight within this field. Right now, she is working at ICJ Brussels office, managing the finances of ECA Programme.

Hanna Alamets – Administrative Assistant

Hanna Alamets joined ICJ Europe and Central Asia Programme in May 2022. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Tallinn University and is currently studying at KU Leuven to obtain her Master’s. Her previous work experience is as a youth advocate and project assistant in the fields of minority rights and sustainable development. Hanna’s task at ICJ is to support the organisation’s work by helping out with office management, human resources, logistics and finance support.

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.

Sitora Saidova – Legal Programme Consultant

Sitora Saidova has recently completed her LLM in International Human Rights Law at the University of Essex. During the LLM programme she worked part time for the Human Rights Centre Clinic and was a member of the joint programme run by the UNAIDS. She received her first law degree in Criminal Law and completed Master’s Programme in Public Administration Law at the Tashkent State University of Law. She also worked as a lecturer at the same university. In 2018-2019 Sitora was the Chief Research Officer in the Department of Social Policy and Healthcare Issues at the Parliamentary Research Institute in Uzbekistan.

Kerem Altiparmak – Legal Programme Consultant

Kerem Altiparmak has LLB (1995) and LLM (1998) degrees from the Ankara University and PhD degree from the Leeds University (2002). He was the Director of the Human Rights Centre of the Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences until October 2017. He has also worked in a number of human rights projects with human rights NGOs, especially with the Human Rights Joint Platform in Turkey. He also worked with Prof. Yaman Akdeniz (İstanbul Bilgi University) in a number of freedom of expression projects. He won Turkish Publishers Association Award (2014), Halit Çelenk Legal Prize (2015), Columbia Global Freedom of Expression Award (2016) and Press Association of Turkey Press Freedom Prize (2016) with Professor Yaman Akdeniz. He was also the recipient of Franco-German Prize for Human Rights & the Rule of Law in 2017.