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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 IsraelPalestine, 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.

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Josephine Valeske

The 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 a M.A. with distinction in Development Studies from the International Institute of Social Studies and a B.A. in Philosophy and Economics from the University of Bayreuth.

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