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Lina GHVINIANIDZE

Lina GHVINIANIDZE

Executive Director

Lina is one of the founders of EMC. Since the foundation of the organization till 2018 she was responsible for the management and coordination of the Social Policy Programme and alongside other program directors was managing the organization. In 2019 Lina became EMC’s executive director.  She manages the board of directors, which is responsible for the development and management of the organization. Executive director is also responsible for the organization’s external representation, coordinating organization’s activities and its management. Alongside the board of directors, she is responsible for organization’s positioning, effective management and strategic development. 

Professional Experience

2013-2018: Director of the Social Policy Programme at Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center (EMC);

2011–2013: Parliamentary secretary - Georgian Young Lawyers' Association (GYLA);

2007–2010: Lawyer  - Georgian Young Lawyers' Association (GYLA);

Lina is also the author/supervisor of up to 15 studies/reports concerning the labour rights, rights to housing, disability rights and freedom of religion, furthermore on issues regarding transparency, accountability and battle against corruption.

Education

2018-2019: Development and Human Rights (Masters Degree) - Swansea University (Wales, United Kingdom);

2010-2011: Democratic governance and rule of law (Masters Degree) – Ohaio Northern University (State of Ohaio, USA)

2004-2008: Bachelor of Law – Ivane Javakhishvili state University.

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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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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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