The community of authors and editors of the Intersectional Rewrites project is made up of activists, practitioners, and academics who bring their knowledge, practice, and lived experience to reimagining a European Court of Human Rights jurisprudence that is based on key learnings of intersectionality theory and praxis.
Nani Jansen Reventlow
Nani Jansen Reventlow is an international human rights lawyer and founder of Systemic Justice, an organisation that works on strategic litigation for racial, social, and economic justice. She regularly writes opinion pieces and has contributed to various academic publications, including Feminist Judgments in International Law.
Nani is the initiator of the Intersectional Rewrites project.
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Adam is the Director of Programmes for Europe at ClientEarth, where he was previously Head of Ocean, Plastics and Chemicals. Adam previously managed the legal practice at two NGOs: the European Roma Rights Centre and, before that, the AIRE Centre (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe). He defended victims of human rights violations throughout Europe, particularly migrants and ethnic minorities including before the European Court of Human Rights, UN treaty bodies, and national courts.
Lyn Tjon Soei Len
Lyn Tjon Soei Len, a feminist legal scholar in the Department of Women’s, Gender, Sexuality Studies at Ohio State University, examines private law’s role in maintaining social injustice. As the Chair of the board of Bureau Clara Wichmann, a feminist strategic litigation organisation, she engages with the role of strategic litigation in the pursuit of more just futures.
Dr Amal Ali is an international lawyer and founded AQN International Law Firm, which provides cross-border legal services for individuals, businesses, governments, and international organisations.
Prior to this, she was a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Lincoln, where she worked for over five years and still teaches on the LL.M programmes. Her ongoing research, which stems from her doctoral thesis, examines the jurisprudence and policy documents of the right to manifest a religious belief within the ECHR and its implementation within the Contracting Party States.
Arpi Avetisyan is an international human rights lawyer with over 20 years of experience in research, advocacy, capacity development and strategic litigation before the European Court of Human Rights, the European Court of Justice and UN human rights treaty bodies. She provides strategic legal advice to lawyers, NGOs and governmental agencies in Council of Europe member states.
Dezso Mate is a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Sociology and a Romani LGBTI activist. In the past decade, he contributed to several academic publications and high-level policy recommendations, regarding intersectional hate crime recognitions in courts and authorities. Dezso’s research interests focus on the: Dimensions of intersectional anti-Gypsyism, LGBTI-phobia and racial injustices, social resilience, and resistance.
Elif Ege is a volunteer of Mor Çatı and works as the program coordinator. She has a PhD degree in Gender Studies. Her work in Mor Çatı focuses on monitoring the implementation of the laws and contributing to the international monitoring reports, submitted to the Committee of Ministers and CEDAW. She is the Turkey delegate of the WAVE Network and European Women’s Lobby Observatory Group.
Ethel Brooks is Chair of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Sociology at Rutgers University. Brooks is a Tate-TrAIN Transnational Fellow at the University of the Arts London, where, in 2011-2012, she was the US-UK Fulbright Distinguished Chair. Brooks was appointed under President Obama to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, where she served from 2015-2020.
Gracie Mae Bradley is is a thinker, writer and campaigner with interests in civil liberties, migration, surveillance, and state racism. She is the host of the Stuart Hall Foundation’s Locating Legacies podcast, and co-author of Against Borders. Gracie also gets up to cold-water swimming, foraging, creative writing and etching.
Irmina Kotiuk, a human rights lawyer, specializes in women’s rights, migration, discrimination, and the issues of environmental degradation and climate change. She has extensive experience in her field, having litigated landmark cases and worked as a lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights. Notably, she has co-authored an article examining the right to a healthy environment within the jurisprudence of the ECtHR.
Dr Jonathan Ward is a Lecturer in Race and Diversity Studies at King’s College London, in the Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries. His research is generally interested in somatic disciplinarity and representations of identity in visual, literary, and popular culture. He is the founder of The Abolitionist Curriculum.
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Dr Keina Yoshida is an international human rights lawyer and qualified barrister in England and Wales and the Republic of Ireland. They are currently a senior legal advisor at the Center for Reproductive Rights, and an associate tenant at Doughty Street Chambers. Prior to joining the Center, they worked as a barrister at Doughty Street on women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights and media law.
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Laurence Meyer has a Master’s in European Comparative Public Law from La Sorbonne University. She is a jurist who currently works as the Racial and Social Justice Lead at Digital Freedom Fund. She co-leads the “Decolonising the digital rights field” process, jointly with EDRi and leads the “Digital Rights for All” initiative. She is part of the magazine AssiégéEs, and co-founder of the Ẅ XOOL (wou Rol) film festival dedicated to Afro-descendant women and non-binary filmmakers in France.
Letonde Hermine Gbedo
Letonde Hermine Gbedo is a cultural mediator and coordinator of anti-trafficking program project in Trieste and secretary of the Comitato per i Diritti Civili delle Prostitute ApS. She is a human rights activist and a sex workers’ ally. She is a social operator, educator, and cultural mediator specialised since 2003 in providing assistance to migrants who have experienced trafficking and sexual/labour exploitation.
Linda Pavanello is a a social operator for the antitrafficking project of Comitato per i Diritti Civili delle Prostitute ApS. The main objective of the association is to support and assist sex workers, and LGBTQI+ community members as well as to fight against human trafficking and exploitation. She is also a volunteer for Casa Internazionale delle Donne ApS. She is a feminist activist.
She has an Erasmus Mundus Master’s Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies with a double diploma from Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna and University of Granada.
Lisa Tatu Hey
Tatu is part of the BIPoC Black Earth Climate Justice Collective and is based in Berlin. With decolonial, queer feminist and ecological perspectives, Black Earth advocates for an intersectional climate movement and narratives. Together with Imeh Ituen, they published a study about environmental racism in Germany.
Mikhail Golichenko is a Russian/Canadian lawyer and a Senior Policy Analyst at the HIV Legal Network, leading the human rights research and advocacy work in countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, with a particular focus on drug policy issues. He has contributed to various publications on human rights and policy.
Nawal Mustafa is a postdoc researcher and lawyer based in the Netherlands. Her research and professional work mainly focuses on issues of “race”, gender, Islamophobia and the role of the law and legal professionals.
Nozizwe Dube is a Ph.D. candidate in EU law at Maastricht University, researching intersectional discrimination in EU equality law. Nozizwe attained her Bachelor and Master of Laws from KU Leuven (Belgium). Nozizwe has interned at the Belgian Constitutional Court and the Belgian Permanent Representation to the UN (New York).
Senada Sali is an international human rights lawyer and Legal Director of the European Roma Rights Centre, Brussels. She holds an MA in Constitutional Law (with a specialisation in Human Rights) from the Law Faculty “Iustinian Primus” in Skopje and a second MA in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.
She has written several articles and opinion pieces related to intersectionality and human rights abuses faced by the Romani community in Europe.
Sheena Anderson (she/her) is a Black feminist, intersectional environmentalist and political scientist. In her everyday job, she works as a project manager at the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy, leading the centre’s work on Antiracism and Climate Justice. She is also an anti-bias trainer, with years of experience in political education. As an activist, Sheena writes regularly about intersectional climate justice and is an activist with the Berlin-based Black Earth Collective.
Veronica Saba has been working in Trieste’s anti-trafficking project since 2021 as contact person for the social and labor inclusion area. She received her PhD in Anthropology with a dissertation on violence against migrant women in the cross-border area.
She’s a social worker and activist on issues of feminism, gender-based violence human rights and anti-racism: she has written about these issues in the magazine Jacobinitalia.it. She co-authored the book “Stella Polare. Twenty years of route and anti-trafficking network” published under Creative Commons by Editrice Univesità di Trieste.
Vivi Brassói is a Romani human rights lawyer and one of the legal directors of the European Roma Rights Centre, a Roma-led organization that uses strategic litigation, action research, policy advocacy and human rights education to combat anti-Roma racism in Europe.
Marthe Heringa is coordinator of the Legal Mobilization Platform, a network that connects social justice activists and scholars that conduct research on social justice topics. Next to that, she is also finishing her bachelor in International Studies at Leiden University.