ENCLE Board

Dubravka Aksamovic (L.L.M, PhD) is an associate professor and Head of Department of Business Law and Head of Legal Economic Clinic at Faculty of Law Osijek, Croatia. She runs clinical program at Faculty of Law in Osijek since 2003. Legal-economic clinic is interdisciplinary, live client clinical program established in 2013 with the purpose to provide start up and SMEs with legal or/and economic advices. She has been very active in promoting clinical legal education in Croatia and Europe. She participated in numerous international conferences dedicated to clinical legal education in Europe and worldwide. She also published several papers on clinical legal education. She regularly teaches several courses: Contract Law, Company Law, Competition Law and Insolvency Law. She has published numerous articles, essays and chapters in books dedicated to different fields of law. She is member of several domestic and international associations, Croatian Academy of Legal Science, GAJE, IAOLE.

 

Cristina Amato (L.L.M., PhD. In Comparative Law, Esquire) is an associate professor of Comparative Law and Legal Clinics at the Brescia Law Department. Clinical legal education is mainly devoted to consumer law and civil law cases. She also runs classes of civil law training practitioners to the legal professions, at Brescia School of Legal Professions. She has been visiting professor in several European universities, and she is a regular speaker at national and international conferences. She has published numerous essays, comments and books in different areas of law: consumer protection, civil liability, European contract law, breach of contract and damages. She has been Chairman of the Centre of Comparative Studies (CeDESC)  between March 2005 and October 2013; at present the CeSDEC has been transformed in OSDEC (‘Osservatorio di diritto Europeo e Comparato’), under her direction. She has therefore acquired a significant experience in managing third party research groups.

 

Katsiaryna Beliakova is an associate professor at the Law Faculty of Vitebsk State University, Belarus and also a supervisor at the legal clinic (founded in 2007). Her PhD thesis was devoted to the problems of the system of Belarusian legislation and her research and practical interests also lay on the field of clinical legal education. Beliakova was the member of working group for the Standards of CLE in Belarus, member of GAJE. Now she and her Belarusian colleagues pay much attention to the preparing of new supervisors for the  legal clinics in Belarus.

 

Katarzyna Furman is an assistant professor in the Legal Clinic department at the University of Warsaw. She coordinates the work of the university’s harm reduction section, the only section in Poland that provides pro bono legal help for drug users and people living with HIV.  She completed a Ph.D. in forensic science and is a member of the Board of Warsaw section at the Polish Forensic Association. Furman is also a legal practitioner and author of several publications devoted mainly to clinical legal education in Poland and Eastern Europe and forensic science.

 

Paul McKeown is a senior lecturer and a solicitor at Northumbria University, U.K.  He works primarily in the Student Law Office, a legal clinic allowing students to participate in legal practice. He supervises students in employment, housing and general civil disputes and aims to develop their legal skills.  Additionally, he is a founding trustee of the North East Legal Support Trust and worked with LawWorks to establish the North East Pro Bono Hub. McKeown's research interests include clinical legal education, housing and employment law.   As well as being an editor for the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, Paul has contributed to the book “A Student Guide to Clinical Legal Education and Pro Bono”.

 

Ruth M. Mestre is a professor of jurisprudence and legal theory at the University of Valencia and member of the Human Rights Institute. Master in legal theory (Brussels 1995) and master in sociology of law (Oñati 1997), she has been Marie Curie Fellow at CRER-Warwick University (2003-2004). Her lines of research are feminist legal theory, equality and non-discrimination, citizenship, multiculturallism and women’s rights and clinical legal education. She is a promoter of the clinical legal education in Valencia from 2006, she is now the Director of the Clínica Jurídica per la justicia social de la Universitat de València, which includes 5 different strands. 

 

Atanas Politov is the director of PILnet’s Budapest office and head of its pro bono program. He received legal training in his native Bulgaria and worked as a staff attorney for Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights. He received an LL.M. from Columbia Law School and is a former Fulbright Scholar. He has developed large-scale legal aid reform projects in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia, coordinated the contributions of PILnet to legal aid reform in other countries, and has overseen the development of PILnet’s pro bono clearinghouses in China, Hungary, and Russia, and its global clearinghouse. He leads the organization of the annual European Pro Bono Forum.

 

Ulrich Stege is a faculty member of the International University College of Turin and a director of the Human Rights and Migration Law Clinic. Stege is a qualified lawyer who practices in Turin. He studied law in Germany, France and Belgium. He has addressed various conferences and international expert groups on topics such as migration law, clinical legal education and detention. In addition to ENCLE, he is member of the ASGI (Associazione per gli Studi Giuridici sull'Immigrazione/Association for Legal Studies on Immigration), GAJE (Global Alliance for Justice Education) and the Migration Law Network (Germany).

 

Maxim Tomoszek works as a senior lecturer in the Department of Constitutional Law and Public International Law at the Faculty of Law of Palacký University and director of the Centre for Clinical Legal Education. The clinical program developed by the Centre for Clinical Legal Education, in cooperation with local lawyers and NGOs, is the largest in the Czech Republic. He has been a member of Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAFE) and since 2013, member of its steering committee. In 2013, he became the president of the European Network for Clinical Legal Education (ENCLE). He co-edited Kurz právnických dovedností (Legal Skills Course textbook) and has published several papers on clinical legal education.

 

Erik Uszkiewicz is a lawyer specializing in the protection of fundamental rights. In September 2011, he commenced a Ph.D. at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE). His doctoral research program focuses on prejudice and discrimination in jurisdictional practice. He is one of the founders of Mertek Media Monitor, a Budapest-based media policy think tank and watchdog organization. Mertek Media Monitor is a committed believer in European and international human rights standards and constitutional democracy. Uszkiewicz is also the clinic director at ELTE University.