Experts

Neil JARMAN

Neil JARMAN

Neil JARMAN (United Kingdom) – chairperson оf the OSCE ODIHR Panel of Experts on Freedom of Assembly,head to the group of authors of OSCE ODIHR and Venice Commission Guidelines on freedom of peaceful assembly, Director of the Institute for Conflict Research in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. His academic interest is primarily in peace building activity and conflict mitigation, with specific focus on public assemblies and their policing, and community-based responses to violence and public disorder. He was a Specialist Adviser with the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee for the inquiry into hate crimes in Northern Ireland.
He is the author of numerous publications on issues such as policing public order, human rights and conflict resolution, and combating hate crime.

Michael HAMILTON

Michael HAMILTON

Michael HAMILTON (United Kingdom) – PHD, associate professor of law, secretary to the OSCE/ODIHR Panel of Experts on Freedom of Assembly, a lecturer in human rights law at the Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster. His research has focused on the legal regulation and mediation of public protest, particularly parade disputes in Northern Ireland

Serghei OSTAF

Serghei OSTAF

Serghei OSTAF (Moldova) is the member of Panel of Experts on Freedom of Assembly at OSCE/ODIHR, the Director of the Resource Center for Human Rights (CReDO), a non-profit organization that develops the capacity of civil society organizations to advocate for democratic changes and that is engaged in the promotion of democratic policies in Moldova.

Ostaf has been involved in human rights advocacy work in Moldova and advocacy with the Council of Europe, UN human rights bodies, and the ODIHR. His current interests include lobbying for the adoption of democratic public policies by the government, consulting on effective implementation of such policies through the use of legal and institutional mechanisms. He teaches master-level courses in public policy, policy-process analysis, and democratic policy implementation.

Yevgeniy A. ZHOVTIS

Yevgeniy A. ZHOVTIS

Yevgeniy A. ZHOVTIS (Kazakhstan) - Defense Lawyer, Member of the Working Group on Human Dimension Under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan. His primary interest is in civil liberties sphere. Yevgeniy is a member of OSCE/ODIHR Panel of Experts of Freedom of Assembly.

Oleg MARTYNENKO

Oleg MARTYNENKO

Oleg MARTYNENKO (Ukraine)– Doctor Degree in Law, expert in the field of crime prevention among police officers, of the provision of human rights in law-enforcement bodies and of the determination of hate crimes. National trainer of UNDP on the domestic violence prevention. Secretary of the Advisory Council to the Ombudsman, member of the Public Council to the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine. For a long time worked in the penitentiary system and internal affairs bodies of Ukraine. Oleg had participated in the peacekeeping missions in Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina. In the period of 2008-2010, he was the head of the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine Department of monitoring of human rights observance. Took part in international projects on the implementation of national prevention mechanisms against torture, establishment of mechanisms for public expertise and civilian inquiries of human rights violations, prevention of ethnic profiling in the Ukrainian police activity.

Sarah KNUCKEY

Sarah KNUCKEY

Sarah KNUCKEY (USA) is an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law and Director of the Project on Extrajudicial Executions and the Initiative on Human Rights Fact-Finding at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law. From 2007-2011, Professor Knuckey was the Advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions. Professor Knuckey co-led an eight-month investigation by law school clinics into the treatment of Occupy Wall Street in New York.

Adam BODNAR

Adam BODNAR

Adam BODNAR (Poland) is an associate professor (adiunkt) in the Human Rights Chair, Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw, a senior expert within FRANET network at EU Fundamental Rights Agency, vice-president of the Board at Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Warsaw, Poland. He is also the Director of Observatory for Freedom of Media in Poland. Adam Bodnar is an author of several scholar publications and commentaries published in the Polish press. He is mostly interested in protection of fundamental rights, jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights and European Court of Justice, EU citizenship, and role of NGOs in pursuing public interest and freedom of speech.