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Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF)

Brussels, Belgium
Joined June 2013

Presence in: Belgium

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.

People Associated With This Organization

Bruno Langhendries

Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF)
Joined January 2018
Interests: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence
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

Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF)
Joined February 2017
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.

Hakima Ghorri

Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF)
Joined June 2013

Julien Moriceau

Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF)
Joined February 2016
Interests: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Land & Natural Resources, Other, Traditional / Customary Justice
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

Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) (Unverified)
Joined February 2019
Interests: Access to Information, Citizenship, Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Education, Environmental Justice, Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Health, Housing & Sanitation, Labor & Employment, Land & Natural Resources, Other, Peace-building, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
Trainee in a Belgian NGO, I want to learn more about legal empowerment

Mustapha Mezroui

Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF)
Joined July 2018
Interests: Citizenship, Education, Gender-based violence, Peace-building, Women's Rights
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.

Nathalie Vandevelde

Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF)
Joined March 2020
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Traditional / Customary Justice
I am working as a legal officer for ASF in Uganda and I am very interested in land rights issues.

Orsolya Kizer

Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF)
Joined July 2016
Interests: Criminal Justice, Generalist Legal Services
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

Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) (Unverified)
Joined October 2019
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Health, Land & Natural Resources
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.

Victor Odent

Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) (Unverified)
Joined September 2016
Interests: Citizenship, Criminal Justice, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Peace-building, Traditional / Customary Justice
I'm a young paralegal specialised International Public Law, International Humanitarian Law, and Human Rights.
I am particulary interessed by the Access to Justice and the large number of methodes Namati can provide to me.
As a young worker, I need to learn a lot, open my mind to others ways of thinking and to gain different kind of knowledges in different issues.
Hakima Ghorri is the network champion (main point of contact) for Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF).

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