The REDRESS Team
ICC Legal Officer
Gaelle graduated from the Institut d'Etudes Politique in France and obtained an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex where she focused on state responsibility for human rights violations. Gaelle previously undertook internships with Amnesty International in Brussels as well as the World Organization against Torture in Geneva . She has previously worked with REDRESS on its ICC programme for 1.5 years and after spending over a year with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Tanzania , she is returning to REDRESS to rejoin the ICC programme.
Carla Ferstman joined REDRESS in 2001 as its Legal Director and became its Director in 2005. She was called to the Bar in British Columbia, Canada in 1994 and practiced there as a criminal law barrister. Also prior to joining REDRESS, she has worked with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on legal reform and capacity building in post-genocide Rwanda, with Amnesty International's International Secretariat as a legal researcher on trials in Central Africa and as Executive Legal Advisor to Bosnia and Herzegovina's Commission for Real Property Claims of Displaced Persons and Refugees (CRPC). In 2012/13 while on sabbatical from REDRESS she was a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace. She has also been a visiting professional with Australian National University in Canberra. She obtained an LL.B. from the University of British Columbia and an LL.M. from New York University and is working to complete a DPhil at the University of Oxford. Ms. Ferstman has published and is a regular commentator on victims' rights, the International Criminal Court and the prohibition against torture.
International Legal Advisor
Kyra is a scholar of Trinity College Dublin and obtained her undergraduate LL.B. and her research masters (M. Litt) there. Prior to joining REDRESS in 2015 she worked at the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in Belfast. Previously she worked at the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations in New York and has also held various short term human rights positions, including as staff attorney at Cardozo Law School’s Human Rights and Genocide Clinic and an internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. She was admitted to the New York Bar in 2009 and to the Roll of Solicitors in Ireland in 2015. She practiced in New York in the area of civil rights and employment law.
Makuta Upendo Kamara is originally from Sinkunia, in the north of Sierra Leone. From 1996 - 2000, she was an accountant at the Sierra Leoneon military headquarters in Freetown, where she stayed throughout the military conflict in the country. She moved to the UK in 2000. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics, Major in Accounting from the Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. She is a Part Qualified ACCA and in 2009 obtained an MSc in Charity Accounting and Finance from the London South Bank University.
Kevin Laue is a Zimbabwean human rights lawyer who was in private practice in that country from 1984 to 2002. In 1996 he was a founder of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, which organization he chaired for the next five years. Originally from South Africa he attended Natal University where he graduated BA (Hons) LLB (cum laude). From 1976 to 1982 he worked for the International Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa (IDAF) in London, and was an active member of the Anti-Apartheid Movement. Kevin joined REDRESS in December 2002.
Jennifer joined REDRESS in 2014. Prior to joining REDRESS, she worked in Major Gift fundraising at the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), one of the largest conservation NGOs, for 3 ½ years. She previously worked as a junior Policy Officer in human rights at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the World Trade Organization, the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, where she attended and participated in the sessions of the Human Rights Council. She has a M.A. in International Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Jennifer is originally from Quebec, Canada, and has spent time studying and volunteering in Spain, Argentina, Rwanda, Zambia and Switzerland. She speaks English, French and Spanish. In her spare time she volunteers with Centre Point, an organisation which supports homeless young people back into education, training and employment in the UK.
Lutz qualified as a lawyer in Germany. He holds a doctorate for his thesis on the compatibility of UN economic sanctions with international human rights and international humanitarian law. He is a lecturer in law at the School of Law, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. Prior to joining REDRESS, he has worked with several human rights organizations and research institutions in Germany and the UK.
Letizia is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the CUNY Graduate School in New York, where she obtained her Masters degree in Political Science. Prior to joining REDRESS, Letizia was a research associate at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies in New York, where she organised and coordinated the RBI UN Seminar Series, and conducted research on UN operations, human rights, globalisation and development. As project manager of the Ralph Bunche Centenary Celebration Secretariat, she worked closely with over ninety worldwide participating organisations to organise and coordinate the Centenary’s events such as conferences, lectures, exhibits, event openings, educational outreach programmes and TV shows.
Gaia holds a law degree from the University of Pavia, Italy and a Masters degree in Human Rights from the London School of Economics in London. She qualified as a lawyer in Italy, where she practised as a criminal defence lawyer.Prior to becoming a Legal Officer with REDRESS in August 2014, she was the ICC Outreach and Advocacy Officer (Maternity Cover) with REDRESS. She also previously worked as an Associate Legal Officer for the Appeals Chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague. She also worked as a Legal Consultant and pro bono for a number of other human rights organizations, including the International Criminal Court, Human Rights Watch and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.
Eva joined REDRESS in 2011. Prior to joining REDRESS, she was the home affairs editor for El Diario-La Prensa, New York’s largest Spanish-language newspaper. She previously worked as its senior political and investigative reporter, and worked on several award-winning projects, including one that prompted a change in federal detention standards. She has also reported from Spain and the UK, and covered Latin America as an International Reporting Project fellow in Washington, DC. She has a M.A. in Journalism and Latin American studies from New York University, where she was an adjunct professor. Eva is originally from Spain.
Jürgen joined REDRESS in 2006 as Project Coordinator on Universal Jurisdiction, having previously worked for various human rights organisations. In 2009 he took a position as Associate Legal Officer at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. He returned to REDRESS as Legal Advisor in 2010. Jürgen obtained his law degree from the University of East Anglia and a LLM from the University of Trier.
Head of Finance
Michelle Willis is originally from Marondera, Zimbabwe. She relocated to the UK in 1998 and graduated with a BA in Business Accounting from Wales University. She joined REDRESS in September 2003. Previously, she worked in the accounting department of the distribution company for Polo / Ralph Lauren. In her spare time she volunteers with 'The Youth Group', an association that provides sporting opportunities for teenagers in Hertfordshire.
Post-Conflict Legal Advisor
Beini joined REDRESS in 2014 as Post-Conflict Legal Advisor. She completed her law degree at Münster University in Germany followed by a legal apprenticeship in Berlin. Previously, she worked as GIZ Civil Peace Service Advisor with Cambodian Defenders Project to support survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime. Since 2012, Beini is representing victims at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia as international Civil Party Lawyer.
Sir Emyr Jones Parry, GCMG, PhD, FInstP - Chair
A British diplomat, former British Permanent Representative to the United Nations and former UK Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Read full bio...
Michael Birnbaum QC
Barrister at 9-12 Bell Yard Chambers.
Professor Bill Bowring
Professor in the School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London. He is a practising barrister at Field Court Chambers, Gray's Inn.
Sherman Carroll PhD, MBE (Hon.)
Head of Amnesty International's campaigns, including the abolition of torture (1974-1983) and co-founder of its medical programme; director of policy at the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture (retired 2006); and founding editor of human rights publisher Readers International, London and USA.
Sir Robin Christopher
Former Ambassador in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Willa Maria Geertsema
Frances Mary Guy
Head of Middle East at Christian Aid - UK, Former Representative of UNWomen in Iraq and former British Ambassador to Yemen and Lebanon.
A Charity Times Fundraising Manager of the Year, Jasvir is Director of Fundraising and Communications at the Brooke and prior to that Director Fundraising at Freedom from Torture.
Leah Levin, OBE
Founder member of REDRESS' Board of Trustees, a Trustee of International Alert, and a former Director of Justice (the British Section of the International Commission of Jurists).
Baroness Sarah Ludford
Sarah Ludford was a Member of the European Parliament 1999-2014 and is now active in the House of Lords where she has been a member since 1997. She was a local councillor in the London Borough of Islington in the 1990s. Sarah has a professional background in the UK and European civil services, in financial services and in consultancy. Her main interests are domestic and European justice & home affairs, international law and EU affairs in general.
Reverend Nicholas Mercer
Former Lieutenant Colonel with the British army, and teacher at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, San Remo. Nicholas was named Liberty Human Rights Lawyer of the Year 2011-2012 for his work for prisoners of war in Iraq in 2003.
Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Director, International Centre for Health and Human Rights. Reader in Clinical Psychology, University of East London.
Professor Michael Bazyler, Chair
Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza
Professor David Weissbrodt
The Honourable Louise Arbour CC, GOQ
Professor Michael Bazyler
The Rt Hon Lord Crickhowell
Dato’ Param Cumaraswamy
Edward Datnow FRCS
Dr Inge Genefke MD, D.M.Sc.h.c.
The Rt Hon the Earl of Haddington
Dame Rosalyn Higgins DBE QC
The Rt Hon the Lord Judd
The Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC
Caroline Moorehead OBE, FRSL
Professor Manfred Nowak
The Rt Rev Lord Harries of Pentregarth
The Lord Prosser
Professor Sir Nigel Rodley KBE
John Simpson CBE
Professor Theo van Boven
Professor David Weissbrodt
Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE, RDI
Professor Michael Bazyler
Professor of Law, Chapman University School of Law, California.
Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC (Hon)
Solicitor specialising in human rights and founder and senior consultant at Bindmans LLP.
Joanna Glynn QC
Barrister at One Crown Office Row, Temple.
Professor David Harris CMG
Professor of Law, Nottingham University.
Senior Lecturer at the University of Essex.
Professor Geraldine Van Bueren
Professor of Law, Queen Mary, University of London.
Professor David Weissbrodt
Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School and Chairperson of the United Nations Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.
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