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Meet the Team

Matthew Evans, Director

Nuala Mole, Senior Lawyer

Saadiya Chaudary, Legal Project Manager

Matthew Moriarty, Legal Project Manager

Eleanor Sibley, Project Manager

Rebecca Collins, Project Manager

Anna Blus, Legal Project Manager

Denisa Psenickova, Project Officer

David Joseph, Chief Financial Officer

Audrey Cherryl Mogan, Office & Communications Manager

Biljana Braithwaite, Legal Consultant

Catharina Harby, Legal Consultant

 

 

 

 Matthew Evans

Matthew Evans

Director

Matthew joined the AIRE Centre as Director in October 2013. He is responsible for managing all aspects of the AIRE Centre's work as well as undertaking litigation himself.

Prior to joining the AIRE Centre, Matthew was Managing Solicitor at the Prisoners Advice Service for 6 years, which is the only UK charity with the specific remit to provide free prison law advice. He is on the Board of the Criminal Justice Alliance and is an appointed member of the Criminal Procedure Rules Committe. 

Matthew studied law and holds Masters degrees from the London School of Economics (where he was awarded the Delia Ashworth prize), and Southampton University. He completed a postgraduate qualification in Voluntary Sector Management from the CASS Business School. Following training at Alexander and Partners in Harlesden London, Matthew qualified as a Solicitor in 1995. He has since worked at a number of legal aid firms including TV Edwards, Hickman and Rose and Hodge Jones and Allen. 

 

Nuala Mole

Nuala Mole Senior Lawyer

Nuala Mole founded the AIRE Centre and has worked for more than 25 years in the field of human rights. Initially specialising in immigration and asylum, she has broadened her work to include all aspects of international human rights law. She has written extensively on all aspects of the European Convention on Human Rights and on the free movement of persons under European Union law, with special attention to the interface between the two legal orders. She is on the Board of the European Human Rights Law Review and co-edits the Centre's monthly Bulletin of ECHR caselaw.

She has been part of the legal team in more than 70 cases before the ECtHR, the ECJ and landmark cases in the UK. She was chosen by the Council of Europe to represent human rights NGOs at the 50th anniversary of the European Convention in Rome in 2000 and was the Law Society's Human Rights Lawyer of the Year in 2001. She also received the 2005 Prix de l'Ancien - this Alumnus of the Year Prize is awarded each year to a former student of the College of Europe who has made a significant contribution to the promotion of the European ideal, the promotion of excellence, generosity, tolerance and respect for diversity, friendship and solidarity and open-mindedness.

Nuala has conducted training for the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the AIRE Centre for judges, public officials, lawyers and NGOs in 40 of the 46 member states of the Council of Europe on a wide range of topics including immigration, prisoners' rights, children's rights and family law. Since 2001, she has been assisting in curriculum development and implementation for judicial training centres in South East Europe. She works with national and international judges and public officials throughout Western, Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, but particularly in the Balkans, promoting familiarity and awareness with human rights standards and providing assistance in applying them in practice. 

Before setting up the AIRE Centre she was the Director of the NGO Interights for a number of years. Nuala read law at St Anne's College, Oxford and European law at the College of Europe. She speaks English, French, Spanish and Greek.

 

Saadiya Chaudary

Legal ProjecSaadiya Chaudaryt Manager

Saadiya first came to the AIRE Centre as an intern in 2005 and rejoined the team as Legal Project Manager in February 2010. In this role, Saadiya coordinates the Centre’s Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence Law Project and undertakes third-party interventions and litigation before UK courts and tribunals, the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union. She is a central member of our advice service, particularly in matters of family law, domestic violence, trafficking and in issues of asylum relating to trafficking. Saadiya is also an important part of our training team and represents the Centre at conferences and meetings throughout Europe on a range of issues.

Prior to joining the AIRE Centre, Saadiya was Acting Legal Officer at the Kurdish Human Rights Project and she also carried out work with Reprieve as a member of the Gitmo Civilian Defence Team. Following training at Bindmans LLP, Saadiya qualified as a solicitor in April 2008 and she holds a Masters with distinction in International Law. She has authored & co-authored a number of publications including a chapter contribution in 'Human Trafficking Handbook: Recognising Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery in the UK'. Saadiya also speaks Punjabi and Urdu.

 

Eleanor Sibley

Ellie SibleyLegal Project Manager

Eleanor leads Invisible EU Migrants, a project funded by the European Programme for Integration and Migration. Invisible EU Migrants aims - through a combination of strategic litigation, legal advice, training, and advocacy - to ensure that vulnerable and marginalised EU migrants and their family members are able to exercise their EU law rights. Particular focus areas include: access to social security and social assistance benefits; homelessness; residence documentation; family reunification; and protection against expulsion. For more information about the Invisible EU Migrants project, contact esibley@airecentre.org

Eleanor joined the AIRE Centre in 2010 as a legal casework intern. She has since led projects on EU social security law and family reunification, as well as providing legal advice and representation to individuals and their advisers. In addition to her work at the AIRE Centre she is Treasurer of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association and is Liaison Officer for ILPA’s EU and Southwest subcommittees.

Eleanor recently completed the Bar Professional Training Course with a scholarship from Inner Temple. She has postgraduate degrees in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge (MPhil) and Bristol University (MA), and an undergraduate degree in Law and Philosophy from the University of Cambridge. 

 

Matthew Moriarty

Legal Project Manager

Matthew joined the AIRE Centre in July 2012 and now works on a project to undertake pre-litigation research and bring appeals challenging the lawfulness under EU law of the UK´s "right to reside" test, particularly in relation to children who face destitution and other vulnerable groups. He previously worked to coordinate AIRE's Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence Law Project and undertake third-party interventions and litigation before UK courts and tribunals, the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

 After studying for his Bachelors in Law at Kings College, London, Matthew completed a Masters in Law, specialising in domestic and international human rights. Prior to coming to the AIRE Centre Matthew spent two years as an OISC level 2 accredited Caseworker at Refugee and Migrant Justice [RMJ], representing clients at every stage of their asylum, immigration and deportation applications and appeals, whilst also studying for the Bar Vocational Course.

Matthew is now a qualified barrister, having completed his full pupillage at Tooks Chambers, where he worked on a range of cases, including in criminal defence and various appeals drawing on human rights law in different guises. He took part in a trial observation in Bahrain during his first six and was instructed in the Crown, Magistrates’ and Youth courts during his second six. He gained further experience as an advocate whilst practising criminal law and taking instructions in asylum and immigration appeals as a third six pupil at 23 Essex Street Chambers.

 After completing his studies Matthew initially interned at the Kurdish Human Rights Project, working on a project to prevent damaging reform of the European Convention of Human Rights. During his internship he also conducted a fact-finding mission to South-East Turkey and produced articles, case summaries and other research for the Legal Review and ‘newsline’ publications. Before going to RMJ, Matthew worked as a Probation Service Officer for Sussex Probation Area [now SSPT] and a Higher Executive Officer under the UKBA, working in particular with unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

 

Rebecca Collins

Rebecca CollinsProject Manager

Since joining the team in March 2010 Rebecca has undertaken a variety of roles at The AIRE Centre. Initially, as the Office Manager, she managed the day-to-day running of the including finance, accounting, human resources, event management, IT and maintenance issues, and recruiting, training and mentoring interns.

In December 2011, Rebecca took over Project Managing AIRE's Comic Relief funded project "Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Young People". This project provided legal training on protecting victims of trafficking for legal practitioners and other service providers - such as charities, local government departments, and police officers. Within this project Rebecca coordinated three conferences around the UK each year addressing identification of trafficking victims, EU law, the National Referral Mechanism, family law and protection proceedings involving trafficked persons and their family members, and the criminal law aspects of trafficking.

Rebecca now provides Communications Consultancy to the EPIM project, managing the Invisible EU Migrants blog, newsletter and social media as well as managing training for the Combatting EU Migrant Homelessness in London project. 

Prior to joining the AIRE Centre, Rebecca studied English and Philosophy at the University of Leeds specialising in Romantic, Victorian and Feminist literature and metaphysics, logic, and ethics. In 2008 she undertook a Masters in Human Rights from UCL (London) with a dissertation on the nature and proliferation of sexual violence in the conflict in The Democratic Republic of Congo and surrounding states.

Rebecca has spent time teaching English in Tanzania, has done charity work in Guyana and Bosnia as well as training as a telephone counsellor for female victims of sexual violence in the UK. 

 Anna Blus

Roma Legal Project Manager

Anna joined the AIRE Centre in 2014 to coordinate our newly launched, Roma Project, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

Prior to joining the AIRE Centre, Anna worked with the Galway Traveller Movement, where she researched relevant human rights, anti-discrimination and minority rights standards. Anna completed a legal internship with NASC, The Irish Immigrant Support Centre, where she provided free legal advice and advocacy to migrants, including a number of Roma clients.

Before directing her career towards human rights law, Anna worked as a translator and Project Manager in the translation industry for several years. She also spent a year volunteering with the French NGO, Compagnons Batisseurs, where she worked with families living in precarious conditions and coordinated international volunteer camps.

Anna holds an MA in Translation Studies from the University of Warsaw and an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland. Her dissertation, analysing the application of human rights law to migrants with irregular status, was published in the European Journal of Migration and Law. She also speaks fluent English, Polish and French and basic Italian.


Denisa Psenickova

Project Officer

Denisa joined the AIRE Centre in 2014 as a Project Officer for the newly launched Roma Project, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

Denisa is Romani, originally from Czech Republic, and is fluent in Romanes, Czech and Slovak. She has an LLB from De Montfort University in Leicester and completed the Legal Practice Course with support from the Roma Education Fund.

Denisa is involved in a wide array of projects engaging with Roma communities. She is the president of Roma Education Support Trust (REST) which promotes the achievements of Roma children and young people in mainstream schooling and encourages the involvement of Roma parents in the education of their children. Denisa is also an honourable member and Election Officer for the Gypsy, Roma and Travellers Police Association (GRTPA), an organisation which supports police personnel with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller backgrounds. In 2013 Denisa participated in the National Association of Teachers of Travellers (NATT) conference in Birmingham, providing input on Roma culture, issues faced by Roma communities in the UK and on best practice in engaging with Roma communities and created a course which trains participants on similar issues. Denisa has also been trained by the Council of Europe as a Roma mediator. 

 

  David Joseph

Chief Finance Officer

David joined the AIRE Centre’s team in January 2013 as its chief financial officer with responsibility for developing the organisation’s finance function. David is a chartered certified accountant and studied charity management and finance at London South Bank University.

He has a background in financial and management accounting, treasury management, fundraising and voluntary treasurer training and development. Prior to working in the charity sector, David had worked in manufacturing, transport and the bookmaking industry. Since the late 1990s he has held roles as finance director or director of resources at national and local charities. David is also an active volunteer and trustee at a charity supporting victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence. In his spare time, he is a keen walker and is catching up on reading the old classics. 

 

Audrey Cherryl Mogan

Office & Communications Manager

Audrey joined the AIRE Centre in 2013 as Office & Communications Manager and is in charge of the day-to-day running of the office, while she completes the Bar Professional Training Course at the University of Law. She is responsible for communications, fundraising, events management, and recruiting, training and mentoring interns.

Audrey has a Masters degree in Human Rights and International Law from the London School of Economics and travelled to Sri Lanka in 2010 to complete her dissertation on the human rights abuses during the civil war. 

Before joining the AIRE Centre Audrey worked for the genocide prevention NGO, Aegis Trust, as Communications and Development Manager, in their offices in London and in Kigali, Rwanda. Audrey also worked in the Legislative Drafting Department of the Ministry of Justice in Rwanda, supporting efforts to develop discrimination laws. She has co-authored the publication, “Tracking the Process of International Norm Emergence: A Comparatiave Analysis of Six Agendas and Emerging Migrants’ Rights”, aimed at developing an implementation strategy for an International Migrants Bill of Rights and written on the impact of UK asylum legislation and benefits restrictions on vulnerable asylum seekers. 

 

Biljana Braithwaite

Biljana BraithwaiteLegal Consultant 

Biljana has been associated with the AIRE Centre since 1998 and currently runs the Centre's South Eastern Europe programmes with the assistance of Catharina Harby. In 1999, Biljana designed, obtained funding for, and implemented the first comprehensive training programme on the European Convention on Human Rights in Serbia and Montenegro which has since become part of the country's formal judicial training programme. Biljana regularly lectures on the European Convention, focusing in particular on property rights, and the Court's jurisprudence from South Eastern Europe. She is also co-editor of the AIRE Centre's Human Rights Bulletin, an international legal review that provides a monthly analysis of key human rights judgments by the Strasbourg Court for the legal communities in the new member states of the Council of Europe, particularly in South Eastern Europe.

 From 2004-8 Biljana was based in Washington DC where she helped establish AIRE Centre USA.  AIRE Centre USA aims to promote for the benefit of the public the sound administration of the law among states which have ratified the European Convention on Human Rights and/or treaties establishing and regulating the European Union. It also seeks to promote an awareness of international human rights law through education and training in the USA and abroad and to keep the AIRE Centre alumni from across the Atlantic in touch with each other and with the AIRE Centre.

Biljana holds a law degree from Belgrade University and an LLM in Public International Law from Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Lund University, Sweden. She speaks fluent Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian, English and basic German.

 

Catharina Harby

Catharina HarbyLegal Consultant

Catharina Harby is a Swedish lawyer who has been working with the AIRE Centre as a Legal Consultant since 2000. She runs, together with her colleague Biljana Braithwaite, the AIRE Centre's programme in Central and Eastern Europe. She has lectured on the substantive and procedural aspects of the European Convention on Human Rights throughout Europe, and has been involved in litigating a number of cases at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. These cases have concerned inter alia the proposed deportation of an AIDS sufferer from the UK to Brazil and a property dispute in Portugal. 

Catharina also lectures part time at the International Relations Programme at Regent's College, London.

As part of a team of European experts, Catharina has been involved in the drafting of a human rights training manual for professional target groups across the 47 member states of the Council of Europe. Further, she is the co-author of the Council of Europe's handbook on The Right to a Fair Trial, and a contributor of case comments to the European Human Rights Law Review (Sweet & Maxwell). She is the co-editor of the Human Rights Alerter (Sweet & Maxwell) and the Assistant Editor of the AIRE Centre's Human Rights Bulletin, which provides monthly analysis of key human right judgments by the European Court of Human Rights.

Catharina studied law at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, where she obtained a Master of Law and speaks fluent Swedish and English, as well as basic French. In 2007 she was short listed for the Peter Duffy Award at the Liberty/Justice Human Rights Awards.

 

 

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