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Added on: Jun 04, 2013

Last Updated: Oct 30, 2019

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Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) with headquarters in Brussels, Belgium and offices and activities around the world in various post-conflict and fragile countries (Tunisia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Uganda, Zambia, CAR, Chad, Morocco, Egypt, Nepal, and Myanmar).

We promote the rule of law through improved access to justice for society’s most vulnerable and marginalised groups. We work with local actors to improve the availability, accessibility, adaptability and quality of legal aid services. Our work ranges from protecting the freedom of speech in North Africa to addressing the systemic causes and consequences of illegal pre-trial detention in the African Great Lakes region; from representing victims of international crimes before the International Criminal Court in The Hague to promoting complementarity mechanisms on the national level, so that victims can engage with the justice system on their own level; from improving access to justice for the structural causes of gender-based violence to protecting lawyers who are threatened when carrying out their work independently.

Throughout all our work, we focus on the person seeking justice at the centre of our work, strengthening their ability to know and claim their rights and the capacity of legal actors to support them.


Bruno Langhendries

Bruno Langhendries is the Acess to Justice Expert at ASF. He previously worked as a lawyer (member of the Brussels Bar Association). Specialised in the field of immigration law and private international law, he was a trainer, legal advisor and researcher in the field of private international law. Bruno was president of the legal coordination committee for the Belgian section of Amnesty International for six years. He joined ASF in 2014, and focuses mostly his work on developing measures facilitating access to justice, and developing strategies fighting illegal and abusive detention. More recently, he is focusing on law practices and initiatives that contribute to positive change within justice systems and local societies.


Chantal van Cutsem

Working with Avocats Sans Frontières as Strategic Coordinator. As research on the impact of our programmes implemented to improve Access to Justice in several countries is one of our priorities, we are eager to share and discuss experiences and best practices with like minded organisations and stakeholders.


Julien Moriceau

I am a researcher/consultant in the filed of justice in fragile states since 10 years. I'm also a PhD student focusing on the links between access to justice, rule of law and development in fragiles states. I work more precisely on the impact of development programs which aim to increase access to justice in African Great Lakes region and MENA region.


Kenya Pigneret

Trainee in a Belgian NGO, I want to learn more about legal empowerment


Mustapha Mezroui

I worked as a teaching Abolition Program Officer in the Moroccan Organization for Human Rights for 3 years (2013-2016)during which I led workshops (in Morocco, Tunisia and France) for human right activists on how to animate workshops to raise awareness and educate young people on human rights and particularly on the abolition of death penalty. I also developed resources to animate workshops for students of 14 to 16 years old about the abolition of the death penalty: I wrote an educational guide to train instructors and human right activists on the right to life; Now I am working as a project coordinator in the Belgian association Avocats Sans Frontières (Lawyers without borders). The project is entitled ‘Access to Justice” through Legal clinics in Morocco.


Orsolya Kizer

I am a human rights lawyer, who worked also as a humanitarian worker in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I am currently a legal adviser with Lawyers Without Borders Canada, a non-governmental international development organisation, whose mission is to support the defence of human rights for the most vulnerable groups and individuals, through the reinforcement of access to justice and legal representation. I am glad I heard about the network and can become part of a global movement working to promote equal opportunities and find ways to make legal empowerment a reality for the most marginalized.


Ouboulè ABALO

I have 15 years of experience working in humanitarian and development programs in West and Central Africa. In particular, I held the positions of project assistant, consultant, program coordinator and Country Director. My recent experiences have taken place mainly in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the framework of various missions: support to the justice sector with RCN-Justice & Democracy, promotion of the right to health and sexual and reproductive rights with Médecins du Monde Belgium, fight against corruption as a tool for Business Environment Reform with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Kasaï field coordinator for Action Against Hunger. I am currently Country Director of Avocats Sans Frontières in Chad.