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 Curriculum vitae

ELENA S. EZHOVA

 

LANUGUAGES: Russian (first language), English, Estonian

EDUCATION

 1996-2001    Moscow State Social University, Moscow, Department of Law, M.A. in Law, 2001

ADDITIONAL EDUCATION

2008                    Diploma of Raoul Wallenberg Institute (Sweden)

 2007                   Project Development and Management Course

 2007-2008    Regional Programme on Human Rights (Sweden)

 2001-2002      Russian State Humanitarian University, Moscow, Department of History and Philology, English Language and Literature Course

COMPLEMENTARY EDUCATION: Trainings and seminars

“Applying to the European Court of Human Rights,” hosted by the human rights centre “Memorial” and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre, Moscow, September 2004.

“NGO School,” sponsored by Charities Aid Foundation, Moscow, June 2004.  

“The Legal Protection of Individual Rights,” Human Rights Winter School, held by the International Helsinki Federation, Moscow, February 2004.

“Applying to the European Court of Human Rights,” hosted by the human rights centre “Memorial” and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre, Moscow, September 2003.

“The European Convention of Human Rights,” practical training sponsored by the Netherlands Helsinki Committee, Soesterberg, Netherlands, November 2002.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 2008-present             Legal Information Centre for Human Rights – LICHR

Legal Advisor

 Responsibilities:

- Legal counselling, drafting documents, analysis of legal documents and correspondence

- Responses to letters and telephone hotline

- Analysis of the legislation, preparation reports and presentations

- Work with prisoners, assessment of prison conditions

- Preparation of documents and drafting applications to the European Court of Human Rights.

 

2008-2009                 Stiletko OÜ, www.oligarx.ee

Director

 Responsibilities:

 - Managing of all administrative and financial activities

- Searching for partners and suppliers.

- Negotiations and contracts

- Publicity

 

2001-2008                 Stichting Russian Justice Initiative,  www.srji.org

Director of the Moscow Branch, Lawyer

 Responsibilities:

- Represent clients in more than 30 cases filed before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Responsible for all aspects of these cases, including factual investigation, exhaustion of domestic remedies, drafting and filing all pleadings with the ECHR, and monitoring enforcement of final judgments.

- Manage all administrative and financial activities of a seven-person legal and administrative staff in the Moscow office.

- Act as the principal liaison with the organization’s partners.

 

Accomplishments:

- Received the Section of Litigation’s International Human Rights Award (American Bar Association) (2007).

- Won 10 cases against Russia before the ECHR. Served as counsel at oral hearing in ECHR.

- Won favourable admissibility decisions in 12 cases before the ECHR (2005-2007).

- Drafted and published a legal guide for Russian lawyers and victims of human rights abuses with detailed instructions for exhausting domestic remedies and submitting an application to the ECHR (March 2004).

 

1998-2003                     “Vybor” (Prisoners’ rights association)

Director

- Founded the organization in 1998. Provided legal counsel to prisoners and detainees awaiting trial. Advised clients on criminal matters and on social reintegration following release.  Organised donation of warm clothes for prisoners in need.

- During this time period, also worked as a Legal Advisor to ANNA, an anti-domestic violence organisation, and as a hotline operator for Siostry, a centre for survivors of sexual abuse. 

 

1997 – 1998              Human Rights Watch, Moscow Office

 Intern

- Created and managed the office’s first archive of correspondence, human rights reports, and other documents.

 

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS (selected)

 “Recent Developments in ECHR Litigation: The Chitayev Case.” Presentation given at training conference for lawyers from Russian regions, organized by Demos Human Rights Centre and the Russian Justice Initiative, Moscow, May 2006.

“Exhaustion of Domestic Remedies in the Chechen Context.”  Presentation made at training conference for human rights lawyers from the North Caucasus sponsored by the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, Moscow, March 2003.

“Preparation of Documents and Collection of Evidence for ECHR Litigation.”  Presentation given at training seminar for Russian lawyers sponsored by the Russian Justice Initiative, Moscow, September 2002.

 

 PUBLICATIONS (selected)

 2005 – “Commentary on Russian Legislation and Practice” (On the Article 2 of the European Convention). Book “The Standards of European Court on Human Rights and Russian Law-enforcement Practice (Published by International Protection Centre)

2004 – The educational booklet “A Legal Guide for Residents of the Chechen Republic” (Published by SRJI)