Project Team

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Institutions Involved

The project builds on the experience and previous work of the project partners both in analytical activities and field experience. The Centre for European Constitutional Law (CECL) is the lead partner, together with Antigone and the Greek Council for Refugees they implement activities in Greece, COSPE implements activities in Italy and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee in Hungary. Art. 1 in the Netherlands is responsible for building capacity with the project champions, whereas the modules and training material have been developed through the active collaboration of all partners. The partners were selected based on their direct involvement and expertise on anti-racism/hate crimes issues and their capacity to transform this experience in capacity building for the project target groups. At the same time each organisation has a track record of work on different aspects of racism and hate crime. Also, the Association for Legal Studies in Immigration (ASGI) cooperates as associate partner.

 

cecl The Centre for European Constitutional Law (http://www.cecl.gr) has implemented an EU-wide research project on victims rights. It is one of the most active Greek non-profit research institutes. Its objective is to contribute to the development of democratic institutions and the welfare state under the rule of law; to deepen European integration and to strengthen international cooperation with respect for the cultural identity of each state. Three specialized units operate within its structure: Unit for Better Regulation; Educational Policy Unit; Social Policy Unit. Moreover, a Training Department, the objective of which is to transfer specialized know-how and new skills to legal practitioners, entrepreneurs and business managers.

The CECL is the national focal point for the European Network of Fundamental Rights (FRANET) of the European Union Agency on Fundamental Rights-FRA, responsible for the systematic collection of data and monitoring of legislative and policy developments in the area of fundamental rights. Furthermore, the CECL enjoys consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and participates with observer status in various UN events. Finally, the Centre is certified for the services it offers by ISO 9001:2008.

ceclAntigone– Information and Documentation Center on Racism, Ecology, Peace and Non-Violence (http://www.antigone.gr/gr/) has implemented projects on hate speech targeting specifically young people (Youth say no to hate speech). It is a non-profit organisation with its central offices located in Thessaloniki and a branch in Athens. From its establishment in 1993, ANTIGONE is active in the fields of anti-racism and non-discrimination, human rights, ecology, peace and non-conflict resolution. It develops activities aiming to assure equality of opportunities for everyone without any negative discrimination based on gender, race, national or social origin, disability, colour, religion, age, sexual orientation etc. Furthermore, ANTIGONE targets to raising awareness and sensitisation of the wider society on non-discrimination issues, human rights, social ecology, non violence and interculturality.

ANTIGONE participates as coordinator or as partner in both national and international projects. The organisation carries out sensitisation activities, events on non-discrimination, non-formal educational workshops on the integration of differentiality conducted via the methodology of non-formal education as well as seminars and vocational training workshops in various thematic sections. From January 2002, ANTIGONE organises the Annual Round Table Against Discrimination, Racism and Xenophobia. Furthermore, the organisation has a constant presence in the antiracist festivals and other events in Athens and Thessaloniki while it also participates in various networks that are set on local, national or international level.

In the research field on racism and migration ANTIGONE has carried out analytical studies on issues related to employment, education, housing of migrants, legislation, racist violence, minority and other vulnerable groups issues. Furthermore, ANTIGONE has submitted case studies related to good and bad practices on combating racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism. In parallel, from 2010 ANTIGONE has been selected as cooperation partner working with the “European Anti-Discrimination Legal Experts Network (Legalent)” that specialises in monitoring all institutional developments in legislation and jurisprudence and on a regular basis develops surveys, analyses and studies on the implementation of the principle of equal treatment between EU member states.

ceclThe Greek Council for Refugees (http://www.gcr.gr/index.php/el/) provides assistance to victims of racist attack, raises awareness and advocates for legal and structural change. It is a Non- Governmental Organization, which has been active in the field of asylum and human rights in Greecesince 1989. An association recognized as a special charity, it is included in the registers of competent Ministries, has a consultative status in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the UN since 2001 and is an operative partner of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). In addition to the above, GCR is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) since 1991, a member of the Separated Children in Europe Programme (SCEP), while it also participates in the National Committee for Human Rights (EEDA) since 1999 and in various networks, such as the European Network on Statelessness, the Racist Violence Recording Network and the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network.

GCR is governed by an elected Board of Directors and employs more than 60 members of staff, comprising of social workers, lawyers, interpreters, project managers, communication officers and other supporting personnel.The main sources of GCR stem from European and co-financed Programmes, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, grant making trusts, as well as companies and individuals.

GCR’s services are offered in its offices in Athens and Thessaloniki and in the region of Evros, andother entry point in Greece, especially when mass entries of people requiring international protection occur. On a daily basis, GCR welcomes and offers free legal and social assistance and services to refugees and third country nationals who are entitled to international protection in our country, while special emphasis is put on vulnerable cases, such as victims of torture, for the protection of which it runs a rehabilitation centre in collaboration with other NGOs, victims of racist violence, unaccompanied minors, victims of trafficking etc.

The ultimate goal is the protection of the said population and their smooth integration into the local community. Assistance is not only provided during the asylum procedure but also after their being granted a protection status in order to have their rights better protected and promoted. In this prospect, apart from enhanced legal and social assistance, GCR, through its Multicultural Center for promoting the integration of refugees into Greek society, “Pyxida”, offers refugees free Greek and English courses, computer classes, tutoring to students in Greek schools as well as cultural, artistic and athletic activities.

ceclCOSPE (http://www.cospe.org/) develops programmes for the promotion of citizenship rights, with a focus on the rights of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers. It is a private, non-profit organization, founded in 1983 in Italy and works in 30 countries worldwide with around 150 projects, aiming to promote change and ensure fair and sustainable development, human rights, peace and justice. In the field of international cooperation and solidarity COSPE is present in areas of conflict and post-conflict and supports medium and long term processes of economic and social development in impoverished countries. In Italy COSPE works to achieve an intercultural society, to promote projects and programs to ensure migrants, refugees and asylum seekers’ inclusion and equal opportunities in terms of education, employment, social inclusion and participation. Cospe encourages the defence and promotion of fundamental and citizenship rights, the fight against discrimination, the education to an active civic and social commitment through activities of research, trainings, campaigns, advocacy and empowerment of vulnerable groups.
ceclThe Hungarian Helsinki Committee (http://helsinki.hu/en/) is a member of the Working Group against Hate Crimes in Hungary, set up to strengthen public authorities’ responses to hate crimes. It provides opinions on legislative proposals, strengthens public authorities’ work, conducts research, offers legal representation to victims and trains legal professionals. The Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC) is a Hungarian non-profit organisation, founded in 1989. It monitors the enforcement of human rights in Hungary, 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 strives to ensure that domestic legislation guarantee the consistent implementation of human rights norms. The HHC promotes legal education and training in fields relevant to its activities, both in Hungary and abroad. The HHC’s main areas of activities are centred on protecting the rights of asylum seekers and 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 and the effective enforcement of the right to defence and equality before the law. The HHC is a founding member of the Working Group against Hate Crimes. This coalition of six Hungarian civil society organizations is aiming at thorough intervention in order to roll back the prevalence of hate crimes by advocating for and training effective law enforcement performance.
cecl Art.1 (http://www.art1.nl/) is the Dutch knowledge centre on discrimination. It offers customized support to governmental institutions, companies and other organizations in preventing and combating discrimination and promoting equality through information, research, advice and training. It published the Monitor on Racial Discrimination (2005, 2010). Art.1 focuses on gathering relevant and practical information, data and knowledge on discrimination, hate crime, equal treatment and fundamental rights through research and policy consultancy. The research department of Art.1 is specialised in carrying out sociological and legal research, mainly by use of qualitative research methods. Other activities of Art.1 include the development of tools and training modules for transferring knowledge to diverse target groups, such as police, policy-makers, NGO’s and the general public. Art.1 is well-embedded in the civil society infrastructure in the Netherlands and has strong links with other organizations and public authorities in the field of hate crime, non-discrimination and equal rights.
cecl ASGI – Association for Juridical Studies on Immigration (http://www.asgi.it/chi-siamo/english-version/) is a membership-based association focusing on all juridical aspects of immigration. As a pool of lawyers, academics, consultants and civil society representatives, ASGI’s expertise relates to various areas of immigration and migrants’ rights, including but not limited to antidiscrimination and xenophobia, children’s and  unaccompanied minors’ rights, asylum and refugee seekers, statelessness and citizenship. ASGI’s members provide their contribution at various levels: administrative, policy-making and juridical, both in national and European contexts.

Project Team

Prof. Dr. Xenophon Contiades
Prof. Dr. Xenophon Contiades
centre@cecl.gr
Scientific director of the CECL; Professor in Public Law at the School of Social Sciences of the University of Peloponnese; Professor at the Hellenic Open University and the National School of Public Administration; has studied Law in Athens and Munich.
Dr. Maria Mousmouti
Dr. Maria Mousmouti
centre@cecl.gr
Executive Director of the CECL. Co-director of the Sir William Dale Legislative Drafting Clinic, within the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of the University of London. Lawyer at the Court of First Instance. Has served as Research Associate to the member of the European Parliament Prof. D. Th. Tsatsos. PhD in non –discrimination legislation and legislative drafting, LLM in Social Security, Degree in Law.
Spyros Koulocheris
Spyros Koulocheris
koulocheris@gcr.gr
Head  of Legal Research of the Greek Council for Refugees focused on preparation of scientific articles, legal texts and researches as well as conferences; interviews with asylum seekers to assess to what extent they fulfil the requirements to be recognised as refugees; preparation of legal files before the Council of the State the Court of Appeals and other courts;, follow-up of asylum legislation on national and international level; intervention before the Greek authorities for individual cases throughout the asylum procedure, trafficking and hate crime; missions at border areas in cases of mass influx of asylum seekers; member of the rehabilitation unit  for victims of torture under the Prometheus Project. Trainer in national  seminars and conferences as regards Greek and European legislation on asylum, trafficking and hata  crime. Participation to several EU projects ;member of lawyers pool of  (ELENA-ECRE), focal point on statelessness, preparation of experiential modules  for trainings  to judges, policewomen/men, lawyers on hate-crime.
Vasiliki Tsipoura
Vasiliki Tsipoura
tsipoura@gcr.gr
Attorney-at-Law.Member of the Legal Unit of the Greek Council for Refugees since 2010, Coordinator of the said Unit since 2013.National Coordinator for Greece, European Legal Network on Asylum (ELENA), LLM in Human Rights, Université Paris X Nanterre.
Dr. Eszter Kirs
Dr. Eszter Kirs
eszter.kirs@helsinki.hu
Eszter Kirs has been a legal officer of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC) since 2013. She is an adjunct professor of the Department of International Law at the University of Miskolc, where she started working in 2003, currently she is lecturing on Transitional Justice at the Law School of the Eötvös Loránd University. She obtained a PhD degree in 2009, and has been a member of a defence team at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia since 2010. She was a visiting researcher at the Columbia Law School as a Fulbright Scholar in 2009-2010 and has been involved in a number of international research projects on international criminal law. She is the author of more than 50 scientific papers and published a monograph on Transitional Justice in 2012.
Dr. Balázs Tóth
Dr. Balázs Tóth
toth.balazs6@gmail.com
After graduating at the Faculty of Law of the University of Miskolc he started his PhD studies, then worked for the Ministry of Education in 2004. Since November 2004 he has been working for the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC), one of the most well-known human rights organizations in the country. At the Committee he is responsible for projects dealing with law enforcement, policing, detention, anti-discrimination and rule of law issues. Between February 2008 and February 2013 he has also worked as assistant professor for the Department of Legal Theory and Sociology at University of Miskolc. He obtained his PhD degree in 2012. He is the author of more than 30 scientific articles and co-author of the first comprehensive Hungarian book on ethnic profiling.
Dr. András Kádár
Dr. András Kádár
andras.kadar@helsinki.hu
Andras Kadar is an attorney at law and Co-chair of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC), a human rights NGO focusing on – among others – access to justice, defence rights, law enforcement issues, asylum law and non-discrimination. Besides providing representation before domestic and international forums, including the European Court of Human Rights, he has been responsible for the HHC’s various research projects, trainings and advocacy activities. He was a member of the Independent Police Complaints Board, a civilian oversight body elected by and operating under the Hungarian Parliament, and is the Hungarian member of the European Network of Legal Experts in the Non-discrimination Field.
Cyriel Triesscheijn
Cyriel Triesscheijn
c.triesscheijn@art1.nl
Director of Art.1, Dutch Knowledge Centre on Discrimination and of RADAR (Regional Anti-Discrimination Action Council).
Saskia van Bon
Saskia van Bon
s.vanbon@art1.nl
Researcher and project manager at Art.1, Dutch Knowledge Centre on Discrimination.
Cleopatra Christopoulou
Cleopatra Christopoulou
centre@cecl.gr
Project Manager. She is a research associate of the Centre for European Constitutional Law since December 2010. She holds a bachelor degree in Law from the University of Athens.She has coordinated a number of internationally projects.
Antonia Kagia
Antonia Kagia
centre@cecl.gr
Financial Coordinator of the Project. She is the Financial and Administrative Director of the Centre for European Constitutional Law. Holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with major in Accounting and Finance from the American College in Greece, Deree College. She is studying Business Administration in the Hellenic Open University.
Camilla Bencini
Camilla Bencini
camilla.bencini@cospe.org
Camilla Bencini is a graduate in Contemporary History and has done research on Fascism and anti-Semitism. She has been working in Cospe since 1998, where she has had other roles besides research. She is currently a member of the Board of Management and a Senior Programme Manager in the Italy-Europe-Mediterranean Department, which, among others, deals with issues related to racism, right-wing extremism and citizenship rights.
Ioanna Kantaidou
Ioanna Kantaidou
Ioanna Kantaidou studied Business Administration and has a master degree in Costing and Auditing. Since 2009 she is working in the Research Committee of Aristotle University and since 2011 in ANTIGONE as a project manager. She speaks Russian, English, and Turkish.
Beatrice Giannoglou
Beatrice Giannoglou
centre@cecl.gr
Backstopping. Research associate of the Centre for European Constitutional Law since 2008. She holds a bachelor degree from the Department of International and European Studies of the Panteion University. In charge of office organization, coordination of business events and organization of seminars and workshops and secretarial support of proposal submissions.
Udo C. Enwereuzor
Udo C. Enwereuzor
udo.enwereuzor@cospe.org
Udo C. Enwereuzor is currently Senior Adviser on Migration, Minorities and Rights of Citizenship in COSPE. With an academic background in the natural sciences, he has been engaged in research, consultancy and professional training on racism / anti-racism, equal opportunities and organisational change since 1991. From 1998 to 2001, he served as an expert member of the Commission for Integration Policies under the Department for Social Affairs, Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Italy. From 2001 to the end of 2014, he served as coordinator of the National Focal Point (NFP) for Italy of the RAXEN and FRANET networks, set up by the EuropeanMonitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) and European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). From 1998 to 2002, he served on the Management Board of the European Network against Racism (ENAR). From 2004 to 2008, he served as scientific supervisor of the Anti-discrimination Centre of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano – Alto Adige. He is a registered trainer with Scuola Superiore dell’Amministrazione dell’Interno (Advanced Training School of the Internal Affairs Administration) and has been involved in training law enforcement officers since 1999.
Patrizia Deiala
Patrizia Deiala
Patrizia Deiala studied at LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome, where she graduated in Political Sciences and International Relations, and she got an Advanced Master in Administration and Management of Not-for-profit Organizations. She has been working as an assistant project manager in Italy and she is working as a project manager for ANTIGONE for the last 5 years. Her expertise covers both European projects and projects funded by other public and private entities. She is also experienced on non-formal education and experiential learning. She is a native speaker of Italian and she is fluent in English, Greek, and French.
Alexandra Kroupi
Alexandra Kroupi
Alexandra Kroupi was born in Thessaloniki in 1987. She studied law in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) (2004–2009). She continued her studies in a master level, in Law School of AUTH, specializing in Penal Law and Criminology (2010–2013). In August 2014 she completed a second master’s in Maastricht University, in the Netherlands, where she was specialized in International Law with emphasis in Human Rights issues. Since 2011 she has been a member of the Bar Association of Thessaloniki. She has been offering volunteering services in Antigone since 2015. She speaks English and French fluently.
Athanasios Theodoridis
Athanasios Theodoridis
Athanasios Theodoridis is a Lawyer of Athens since 1994, expert on human rights issues, with a master degree on the administrative and constitutional law (Athens University). During 1997 and 1998 he used to be Legal Counselor of the Greek Helsinki Monitor and Minority Rights Group-GR (human rights NGOs). During 2002 and 2003 he worked as Legal Counselor and Project Manager for “ANTIGONE – Information and Documentation Centre on Racism”.Since 2003 and up to now he is working as Executive Director of “ANTIGONE”. He is specialised in the field of non discrimination and in particular in the implementation of the anti-racist Directives 2000/43/EC and 2000/78/EC. Since 2003 up to now he is a member of the National Commission for Human Rights of the Hellenic Republic (NCHR)– an independent advisory body subjected to the Office of Prime Minister and competent to express opinions on draft laws concerning all issues of human rights. During the years 2003–2006 he had the general responsibility of the EUMC Project RAXEN on behalf of ANTIGONE which constituted the Greek National Focal Point of the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) for two consecutive terms (2001-2006). During 2008 and 2009, due to his experience in legal analysis of a variety of human rights issues, he co-administrated in Greece, on behalf of “ANTIGONE”, the FRALEX project (which regularly provided the EU Fundamental Rights Agency with legal studies) and since 2010 he represents ANTIGONE in the new FRA’ s project (FRANET) which is implemented in cooperation with the Centre for European Constitutional Law as a main partner. In January 2010 he has been selected as member of the European Network of Legal Experts in the Non-Discrimination Field with the aim to provide EU with legal reports and independent advice on relevant developments on all the grounds of discrimination. He is a volunteer member of several Non Governmental Organisations of human rights.
Athanasia Telliou
Athanasia Telliou
Athanasia Telliou studied International and European Economics and Politics with a major in political studies and diplomacy in the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki. She got a masters degree in human rights and democratisation at the European Inter-University Center in Lido, Venice and in Coimbra and then a masters degree in political theory and rights at the department of Political Science of the University of Crete in Rethimno. Athanasia is a native speaker of Greek and she also speaks English and French.
Tina Stavrinaki
Tina Stavrinaki
Tina Stavrinaki is a lawyer specialised in international and European human rights law. She holds a PhD in international law from University Paris 2, a DEA from the Institut des Hautes Etudes Europeennes (University Strasbroug 3) and a LLB from the Faculty of Law of Athens University. She has worked as a legal officer with the National Commission for Human Rights and as a researcher for the Marangopoulos Foundation for Human Rights. She is currently the Assistant Coordinator of the Racist Violence Recording Network and is one of the persons that set up the Network in 2011.
Vasiliki P. Karzi
Vasiliki P. Karzi
Vasiliki P. Karzi is a graduate of the Faculty of Law of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and holds an LL.M in Public International Law from the University of Leiden. She works as a lawyer of the First Instance Court of Athens and a legal researcher. Following a traineeship at the Greek National Commission for Human Rights she has gained experience in the field of human rights protection. She is an external associate for ANTIGONE – Information and Documentation Center on Racism, Ecology, Peace and Non-Violence.
Anastassia Tsoukala
Anastassia Tsoukala
Professor of Criminology at the University Paris 11. Senior Researcher at the University Paris 5 (Sorbonne). Vice-president of the Center for Security Studies (KEMEA). PhD in Law and Criminal Sciences.