Wolfgang Kaleck

Wolfgang Kaleck
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Attorney Wolfgang Kaleck founded the human rights law organization ECCHR in 2007 together with other lawyers working internationally. The Berlin-based ECCHR instigates and supports a range of legal proceedings in Europe against state and non-state actors suspected of committing crimes against international law. In the field of business and human rights, ECCHR uses legal mechanisms to combat inhumane working conditions. Wolfgang Kaleck has been General Secretary of the organization since its foundation. He has lectured extensively, most recently in Latin America, India, China and the Philippines. He is a member of the Centre of European Law and Politics at the University of Bremen (ZERP), the Forum for International and Criminal and Humanitarian Law (FICHL), ), the lawyers collective CAJAR in Columbia and the non-governmental organization PRODESC in Mexiko. Two of his books were recently published in German by Klaus Wagenbach: Mit zweierlei Maß. Der Westen und das Völkerstrafrecht (Double Standards: The West and International Criminal Law), 2012, and Kampf gegen die Straflosigkeit. Argentiniens Militärs vor Gericht (Fighting against Impunity: Argentina’s Military on Trial), 2010.

After founding the law firm Hummel.Kaleck.Rechtsanwälte in 1991, he worked as an attorney, specializing in criminal law. Since 1998 he has been an advocate for the Koalition gegen Straflosigkeit  (Coalition against Impunity) which fights to hold Argentinian military officials accountable for the murder and disappearance of German citizens during the Argentinian dictatorship era. From 2004 until 2008, together with the New York Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), he pursued criminal proceedings against members of the US military, including former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
 
In recogniction of his "tenacious and intrepid commitment for the victims of state and non-state violence" the German PEN Center will award Kaleck the Hermann Kesten Prize 2014.

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Dr. Miriam Saage-Maaß

Dr. Miriam Saage-Maaß
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Dr. Miriam Saage-Maaß is a qualified lawyer and Vice Legal Director at ECCHR, where she coordinates the Business and Human Rights Program. She has worked on various cases against corporations, including proceedings against Lidl relating to exploitation of workers in Bangladesh and Pakistan and against companies trading in cotton picked through forced child labor in Uzbekistan. She regularly publishes articles on the legal liability of corporations for human rights violations in the global supply chain and is internationally consulted as an expert in the area of corporate responsibility and human rights.

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Andreas Schüller

Andreas Schüller
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Andreas Schüller graduated from law school in Trier, Germany, and holds a LL.M. advanced degree from Leiden University, Netherlands, in Public International Law. He specialized in International Criminal Law and is a member of Amnesty International Germany Working Group on International Justice. Mr Schüller works for the International Crimes and Accountability program.

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Albert Koncsek

Albert Koncsek
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Albert Koncsek studied Political Sciences, History and Philosophy in Trier and Budapest. For twelve years Mr Koncsek worked as executive director at the National Self-government of the German Minority in Budapest. He has been Operations Manager at ECCHR since November 2008.

Marie Badarne

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After her MA in International Humanitarian Assistance from Groningen University (Netherlands), Marie Badarne worked nine years with Israeli and Palestinian human rights organizations as well as with the Law Clinics of Tel Aviv University. She joined ECCHR in September 2012 and works in the Education Program and General Operations.

Anabel Bermejo

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Anabel Bermejo studied history and political Science in Cologne. Following an editorial traineeship at the news broadcaster n-tv she worked at the station for four years as a multimedia editor (TV and internet). From 2004 to 2011 she was Press Officer for Amnesty International Germany. Afterwards she worked as head of PR for the German television talk show Günther Jauch. Anabel Bermejo joined ECCHR in May 2014 where she is responsible for Media & Communications.

Nicolas Bueno

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Nicolas Bueno specialized in Public International Law and Human Rights Law at the University of Lausanne and at the Freie University in Berlin. He interned at the European Court of Human Rights (2008) and at the International Criminal Court (2009). In 2013, he was a Fulbright Research Fellow at Columbia Law School in New York. He wrote his PhD thesis on “Democracy and the Future of Political Human Rights”. At the ECCHR, Mr. Bueno works as Legal Researcher for the Business and Human Rights Program.

Annelen Micus

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Annelen Micus studied law at the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg and the Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires. Furthermore, she has worked in Costa Rica and Colombia. In her PhD thesis she analyzed the jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and transitional justice in South America. Annelen is a member of the Working Group against Impunity of Amnesty International Germany. She is a Bertha Fellow at ECCHR and works in the Program on International Crimes and Accountability.

Christian Schliemann

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After his law studies in Berlin and Strasbourg Christian Schliemann worked at the Free University Berlin, where he among other topics analyzed the rules of public international law for business operations of transnational corporations in weak and failing states. In his PhD project he investigates the entitlement of minorities and indigenous peoples under public international law to autonomously regulate their own collective affairs. Part of this project is an analysis of the dangers transnational corporations create in this regard. He conducted research and worked in Costa Rica and Peru for this purpose. Christian is a Bertha Fellow and works in the ECCHR’s business and human rights department.

Dr. Carolijn Terwindt

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Dr. Carolijn Terwindt graduated with distinction in law (LL.M.) and cultural anthropology (M.Sc.) from Utrecht University. Subsequently, she wrote her doctoral dissertation “Ethnographies of Contentious Criminalization” at Columbia Law School and co-authored the book NGOs under Pressure in Partial Democracies (Palgrave Macmillan) which was based on in-depth interviews with NGOs in Indonesia and the Philippines. After working as a lecturer and researcher in Utrecht, Amsterdam, and Freiburg, she now is a Bertha Fellow at ECCHR and works in the Business and Human Rights Program.

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Claire Tixeire

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From 2004 to 2011, Claire Tixeire worked for the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) seeking criminal accountability of U.S. officials for war crimes and torture. In those years, she also led the representation of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) before the United Nations in New York. Claire Tixeire obtained her masters and law degrees from the Universities of Panthéon-Sorbonne and of Nanterre in Paris, and holds diplomas in International Law from the University of Kent at Canterbury (UK) and Université du Québec à Montréal (Canada). At ECCHR, Claire directs the Education Program and supports the International Crimes and Accountability team.

Yvonne Veith

Yvonne Veith
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After studying law in Münster, Cologne and Poitiers/France, Yvonne Veith worked as a lawyer in civil law. Since 2007 she works for ECCHR for the Business and Human Rights Program.

Anna von Gall

Anna von Gall
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Anna v. Gall received her legal education in Göttingen, Hamburg, Berlin and Kiew, and she specializes in Immigration Law, International Relations and in the field of Human Rights. She has worked in Namibia, Brüssels and most recently in Georgia. She is a member of the Coordination Committee Against Impunity of Amnesty International in Germany. For the ECCHR Gall coordinates our Gender and Human Rights Program.

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Carsten Gericke

From 2003 until 2008, Carsten Gericke was a research assistant at the Institute of Criminology of Hamburg University Faculty of Law where he worked mainly on topics of international criminal law and criminal procedure. He was licensed as an attorney in 2004 and has ever since worked as a criminal defense lawyer in Hamburg. Until 2008, he was a member of the national executive committee of the Republican Attorneys’ Association (RAV) in Germany, and from 2009 until 2013, he was the association’s executive director. He supports ECCHR in the International Crimes and Accountability Program.

Claudia Müller-Hoff

Claudia Müller-Hoff
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Claudia Muller-Hoff, LL.M., worked in the legal education department in Mainz, Freiburg, Frankfurt Oder and in Glasgow, Scotland. She specialized in International Law at Warwick, England, and advocated on behalf of refugees and migrants in Germany. Her most recent position was as a human rights defense lawyer in Latin America. She supports the ECCHR Business and Human Rights department and Education Program.


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