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Omer Shatz

The legal director of front-LEX, Omer is an international lawyer, a Lecturer in International Law at Sciences Po Paris, a Counsel (defence/victims) at the International Criminal Court and a Yale Law School graduate. In Israel\Palestine, he co-founded a human rights law firm that specialized in Supreme Court and High Court of Justice litigation of high-profile matters. He also co-founded “We Are Refugees”, an NGO that provided pro-bono representation to detained asylum-seekers. He also co-litigated the Anti-Infiltration Law case, a landmark ruling that led to the release of 1,500 refugees and secured the liberty of tens of thousands others. In France, Omer was a senior associate in the International Arbitration Group of Shearman & Sterling LLP. He also gave legal advice to governments, organizations and individuals such as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Julian Assange.

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Iftach Cohen

A senior legal advisor at front-LEX, Iftach is an international lawyer specialized in humanitarian, human rights and refugee law. In Israel\Palestine, he co-founded a human rights law firm specialized in Supreme Court litigation as well as the NGO We Are Refugees, an NGO that provided pro-bono representation to detained asylum-seekers. In 2016 he initiated and directed an innovative legal project for asylum seekers in Sicily, and in 2018-2019 he represented EASO as a member of an international team of experts. 

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Estelle Nandnaba

A legal intern at front-LEX, Estelle Nandnaba holds an LLM from the Universiteit van Amsterdam in international and transnational criminal law. She specialises in the international criminal law and human rights aspects of the externalisation of EU migration policies in the Central Mediterranean and Libya. Estelle was a member of Amnesty International from 2016 to 2018 where she worked on conferences, campaigns and fundraising. She has been a member of Cimade since 2020 where she has supported solidarity actions to help migrants and refugees in France.

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Francesco Luigi Gatta

A legal adviser at front-LEX, Francesco is a researcher in International Law and Lecturer in European Union Law at the University of Tuscia, Viterbo (Italy). He is also Research Fellow in European and International Migration Law at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), and Visiting Professor at the Riga Graduate School of Law, Riga (Latvia), where he teaches European Union Law, European Constitutional Law and Migration and Asylum Law.

Sarah Easy

A legal adviser at front-LEX, Sarah is a graduate lawyer who is currently undertaking her Master’s in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action at Sciences Po Paris, with a concentration in migration studies. In parallel, she works as a research assistant at the Australian Human Rights Institute, focussing on international criminal law and gender justice. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws (Hons 1) from the University of New South Wales and has previously worked with refugees and asylum seekers in NGOs across Australia and Mexico.

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Josephine Valeske

An advocacy officer at front-LEX, Josephine is a communications and research freelancer. She also works at the Transnational Institute, researching border regimes and exposing the corporations that profit from them. She holds an MA with distinction in Development Studies from the International Institute of Social Studies and a BA in Philosophy and Economics from the University of Bayreuth.

Nike Hüttermann

An advocacy officer at front-LEX, Nike is currently pursuing a Dual Master’s degree between Sciences Po Paris and Fudan University, focussing on climate-induced displacement in her research. After working on advocacy campaigns for environmental justice as part of Friends of the Earth Europe, she joined the fundraising team of Volt Europa as an intern at the General Secretary Office. Nike volunteered for several NGOs supporting refugees and asylum seekers across France and holds a BSc (Hons) in Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics from the Universiteit van Amsterdam.

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