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Tamta MIKELADZE

Tamta MIKELADZE

Director of Equality Policy Programme

Tamta is one of the founders of EMC. Since the foundation of EMC, she has been the member of the Board of Directors and led the organisation with other programme directors. She is responsible for the management and coordination of the Equality Policy Programme. The programme is preoccupied with matters relating to antidiscrimination policy, the oppression of non-dominant groups (religious and ethnic minorities, as well as LGBT people) and their exclusion at the political, social and discursive levels. In so doing, the programme employs the instruments of research, advocacy, strategic litigation and dissemination of knowledge.  As the programme director, Tamta’s immediate commitment is the strategic development of the programme, of its vision and agenda, as well as ensuring the mobilization of financial resources and coordinating and supporting the programme staff.

Professional Experience

2015-present: Associate Professor- Ilia State University

2009-2013: Lawyer of strategic litigation at the European Court of Human Rights and as a human rights researcher - Georgian Young Lawyers' Association (GYLA);

2009: Advisor to the National Security Council;

2005-2009: Advisor at the Department for State Representation at the European Court of Human Rights of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia.

Tamta is the author/supervisor of up to 10 studies/reports concerning the freedom of assembly and religious freedom, secularism, the state of the legal rights of the LGBTI people, and anti-discrimination policies.

Education

2006-2008: Master of Public Law - Tbilisi State University;

2002-2006: Bachelor of Law - Tbilisi State University.

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Sopho VERDZEULI

Sopho VERDZEULI

Director of Democracy and Justice Programme

Sopho is the member of the Board of Directors and leads the organization with the directors of other programmes. Sopho became the member of the EMC team in September 2013 and currently she is the director of the Democracy and Justice programme. The aim of the programme is to promote the establishment of a fair justice system with a high degree of social sensitivity. With this aim, the programme aims to advocate systemic reforms in the court, law-enforcing organs and the security sector. As a programme director, Sopho Verdzdeuli is responsible for planning policies, strategies, positioning, and implementing them with the rest of the programme team. Moreover, she is also responsible for mobilising financial resources for the programme, coordinating and supporting the programme team.  

Professional Experience

2013-2015: Project Coordinator - EMC;

2012-2013: Coordinator of the Judicial System Reform project - Georgian Lawyers for the Independent Profession (GLIP);

2009-2012: During this period, she held various positions – (Lawyer, Project Coordinator and Parliamentary Secretary) - at Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA).

Sophie has authored/led up to 10 studies concerning the independence of the judiciary, drug-policy, political neutrality of the police and institutional organization of law enforcement agencies.

Education

2010-2012: International Law (MA) - Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA);

2006-2010: The faculty of law (BA) - Tbilisi State University.

 

 

 

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Kote Eristavi

Kote Eristavi

Director of the Social Policy Programme

Kote is a member of EMC’s board of directors and alongside other directors leads the organization. He is responsible for the management of the Social Policy Programme. The Programme works towards identifying the causes and the nature of the social and economic oppression and exclusion of various social groups, including the workers, homeless and disabled people and works towards promoting the creation and strengthening of a social policy based on human dignity and equality. Kote is responsible for the development of the vision, the strategy and the agenda of the programme. In addition, his functions include mobilising financial resources for the programme, coordinating activities as well as team management and support.

Professional Experience

2018-2019: Vising scholar at The University of Oxford (Oxford, Great Britain);

2017: Visiting Scholar at Free University Berlin (Berlin, Germany);

2017-2018: Researcher – Social and cultural research institute, Ilia State University.

Furthermore, Kote has taught philosophy of law at Edinburg University; theories of Human Rights at Ilia State University and Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University; and legal research methods at Caucasus University.

Education

2011-2016: Human Rights (PhD) from The University of Edinburgh, School of Law;

2009-2010: LLM from The University of Edinburgh;

2001-2006: Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Ivane Javakhisvhili Tbilisi State University.

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