Our Advisory Committee comprises a cross-section of our membership who provide additional advice and guidance to both the secretariat and the Board of Trustees.
Adrian Berry is a Barrister at Garden Court Chambers and on the Executive Committee of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA). He was a member of the Advisory Panel for the UNHCR/Asylum Aid study Mapping Statelessness in the UK. Adrian has an extensive practice in British nationality law, both in relation to historic Commonwealth based claims and contemporary issues concerning automatic acquisition of citizenship, naturalisation and registration, as well as loss of nationality. He has contributed to all parts of Fransman's British Nationality Law (3rd edition 2011), contributed the nationality law chapters to the JCWI Handbook 2006, contributed to Jackson and Warr's Immigration Law and Practice (2008) on the Right of Abode, and contributed the nationality law chapters to the Blackstone's Guide to the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 (OUP 2010). He has also contributed to responses to government consultation papers and advised peers in the House of Lords for ILPA. He was a member of the group of nationality law experts reviewing the draft Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the right to Nationality and the Prevention and Prohibition of Statelessness in Africa, and he was also a member of the Home Office Earned Citizenship Strategic Advisory Group.Adrian Berry website
ASKV Refugee Support
ASKV Refugee Support is an Amsterdam-based organisation, providing legal assistance and social support (including shelter) to undocumented refugees. At present, every year hundreds of undocumented people make use of their daily walk-in legal and social advice clinics. ASKV has particular expertise in providing housing and guidance to refugees with psychiatric disorders. In addition to direct assistance, ASKV is a vocal advocate for refugee rights, both locally and nationally. ASKV organises Dutch language training for our clients, as well as regular awareness campaigns and discussion events for the broader public.ASKV Refugee Support website
European Roma Rights Centre
The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) is a Budapest-based international public interest law organisation established in 1996 and working to combat anti-Romani racism and human rights abuse of Roma through strategic litigation, research and policy development, advocacy and human rights education. The ERRC’s website includes research reports, the ERRC’s journal (Roma Rights), advocacy submissions sent to national, European and international bodies, and other materials about the ERRC’s work and Roma rights in general. The ERRC is currently litigating some 60 cases in domestic and European courts concerning Roma rights violations in eleven European countries.
At the moment, the ERRC is focusing on seven thematic priorities. Statelessness relates most closely to three of these: identity documents; women’s and children’s rights; and free movement and migration. The ERRC comes across Roma at risk of statelessness in all of its areas of work, particularly outside the EU and especially in Balkan countries. Stateless Roma (and Roma at risk of statelessness) often lack the documents they need to get healthcare, go to school, access to employment, travel across borders, or secure formal recognition of their family relationships. They tell us they feel invisible.
European Roma Rights Centre website
Forum Réfugiés- Cosi
Forum Réfugiés - Cosi works to protect the needs and promote the rights of all asylum seekers, stateless persons and refugees. The four main activities of our association are: reception and legal accompaniment of asylum seekers, integration through work and accommodation of refugees, medical and psychological accompaniment, and legal counselling in administrative retention centres. Forum Réfugiés- Cosi translates its practical work into policy and advocacy activities which aim at raising awareness about the situation of asylum seekers and refugees in France and Europe. Forum Réfugiés – Cosi has developed a strong experience and expertise with regards to legislative advocacy. It promotes protection-oriented legislative reforms and policy initiatives at the national and European levels.Forum Réfugiés- Cosi website
Fundación CEPAIM - Acción Integral con Migrantes
Fundación Cepaim's main mission is the provision of comprehensive support to migrants, asylum seekers, stateless persons, as well as nationals, in order to promote social cohesion and fight poverty and social exclusion. Through cooperation with public institutions, private actors and stakeholders, its goal is to achieve an inclusive, diverse and multicultural society, and to enhance communications and relationships between individuals with different social and cultural backgrounds. It is inspired by the principles of equality and non discrimination, cultural diversity, social justice, solidarity, and social transformation. There are different fields where Fundación Cepaim implements its activities focusing on the enhancement of an inclusive society: reception and international protection, employment, youth and family support, community-based development, equality and non discrimination, international cooperation, housing, interculturality and rural development. Its advocacy work aims to promote research, training, and to raise awareness and achieve social advancements in the fields of migration, social and residential exclusion, social vulnerability and cooperation with developing countries.Fundación CEPAIM - Acción Integral con Migrantes website
Halina Nieć Legal Aid Center
HNLAC is a non-profit non-governmental organization established in 2002 in Kraków. HNLAC’s main objective is to protect human rights by providing free legal aid to persons at risk of social exclusion and discrimination, including the poor, victims of domestic violence, foreigners, asylum seekers, stateless persons and refugees. The HNLAC also monitors the adherence to standards of human rights, undertakes legal interventions and advocacy activities, and pursues research and educational projects. The Center also undertakes activities aimed at preventing and tackling human and child trafficking by organizing social campaigns and offering legal aid to the victims.Halina Nieć Legal Aid Center website
Hilkka was senior solicitor with the Immigrant Council of Ireland – Independent Law Centre from 2002 to 2004 and again from 2006 to March 2015. She continues to work with the Immigrant Council in a consultancy role, focussing on EU free movement and statelessness. Hilkka is a graduate of law of the University of Hamburg and is qualified to practice law in Ireland and Germany. She teaches immigration and citizenship law at the Law Society of Ireland and is a member of the Law Society’s Human Rights Committee. Hilkka was appointed a Member of the Irish Refugee Appeals Tribunal in November 2013; she also is an alternate member of the Editorial Team of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges (Europe) which is charged with the development of core judicial training materials on asylum in cooperation with the EASO.Hilkka Becker website
Hungarian Helsinki Committee
The Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC) is one of the leading non-governmental human rights organisations in Hungary and Central Europe. It monitors the enforcement in Hungary of human rights enshrined in international human rights instruments, provides legal defence to victims of human rights abuses by state authorities and informs the public about rights violations. The HHC's main areas of activities are centred on protecting the rights of asylum-seekers, stateless persons and other foreigners in need of international protection, as well as monitoring the human rights performance of law enforcement agencies and the judicial system. It particularly focuses on the conditions of detention, anti-discrimination and the effective enforcement of the right to defence and equality before the law. The HHC is a member of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and is an implementing partner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Hungarian Helsinki Committee website
Immigrant Council of Ireland
The Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) is an independent human rights organisation. We advocate for the rights of migrants and their families and act as a catalyst for public debate as well as legislative and policy change. The ICI is an Independent Law Centre, which means we can provide legal representation to migrants and their families. We undertake strategic litigation in order to try to effect change and in that context also represent stateless persons in Ireland. We are a non-governmental organisation with charitable status.Immigrant Council of Ireland website
Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion
The Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion is an independent non-profit organisation dedicated to leading an integrated, inter-disciplinary response to the injustice of statelessness and exclusion. We believe in the value of research, education, partnership and advocacy as means to promote the inclusion of the stateless and the disenfranchised. We aim to develop and share our skills and expertise with partners in civil society, academia, the UN and governments, and to serve as a catalyst for change. The Institute is registered as a Foundation under Dutch Law, and has an affiliation with Tilburg University, the Netherlands.Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion website