Yasmine Titouni


Yasmine joined the GICJ team in April 2022. She is French and is currently studying at New York University (Abu Dhabi campus) with a double major in Political Science and Legal Studies. Yasmine speaks French and English and is conversant in Spanish, Mandarin, and dialectic Arabic. Following her childhood dreams of becoming a French ambassador, working at GICJ, will allow Yasmine to deepen her understanding of how civil society contributes to and interacts with the UN. The Center's humanitarian focus is seen by Yasmine as a precious opportunity to assist and report on human rights conferences as well as learn about human rights mechanisms through tasks such as conducting research work on human rights violations and applicable of international law. Yasmine holds a dear memory of a writing seminar called ‘Saving Strangers’ in which she focused on Western humanitarian interventions in times of human rights abuses. This fueled her endeavors to lead a purposeful career and have an impact on the world. Working with leaders in the fight against injustices and human rights violations at the GICJ, she says, ‘is the opportunity of a lifetime for any student wanting to change the world’. 

Viktoria Kropp


Viktoria joined GICJ in April 2022 as a volunteer. She is studying International Relations & Management at Regensburg Applied University for Technology and is currently in Geneva for an internship at ADHRB, where she is advocating for human rights in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Within her studies, she is focussing on the reinvention of liberalism in international political cooperation, especially in human rights promotion. Viktoria is working as a student assistant at the faculty of business studies. She is joining GICJ to gain a more universal view and grasp on human rights crises around the globe. Viktoria is looking forward to extend her knowledge through GICJ's training opportunities. She speaks German, English and French.

Hadil Hammami

Tunisia / Algeria

Hadil joined the GICJ team in April 2022. She is from Tunisia and is currently in her second year of university studying communication and journalism at the Institute of Press and Information Science in Tunisia. Her interest in Human Rights began when she joined different Humanitarian associations and clubs such as JCI and Rotaract as a communication assistant,  in addition to her current studies that she
considers as the perfect instrument that aims to defend, investigate, report and interest in the Human Rights Field. Hadil believes that Human rights is not confined in NGOs only, it is a culture itself that’s why she aims to spread awareness about it through art and cultural events therefore she worked as a communication/press assistant in the Human Rights Screen Film Festival that carries Human Rights Cases in films from different perspectives. In this internship, Hadil is looking to expand her knowledge about Human Rights by receiving training on Human Rights mechanisms and to gain experience that will help her develop her skills in her professional career. Hadil speaks Arabic, French and English.

Gian Heimann


Gian joined GICJ in March 2022. He graduated in February with a Bachelor’s degree in law from University of Zurich. During his mobility semester at the University of Geneva, he developed a passion for international law through studying international humanitarian law and international human rights law. Gian worked as an academic assistant both for law firms as well as on research projects at university. Before beginning his Master’s degree in international law, he is delighted to use the opportunity to work with GICJ to gain practical knowledge of international law, especially and get training on the mechanisms to address current human rights issues around the world through the UN Human Rights Council and other institutions. He is particularly interested in the connection of human rights and the protection of the environment. Gian speaks German, English, Italian and French.

Rhea Goyal


Rhea Goyal joined GICJ as a volunteer in March, 2022. She is an LL.M candidate at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She has 2 years of domestic legal experience and 7 months of experience working in a human rights organisation. She has researched and co-published a paper on ‘Guilt Beyond Conviction: The Theory of Residual Doubt in India’ which analyses the capital sentencing laws in India. Her areas of interest are International human rights law and litigation, International criminal law and International refugee law. She is currently researching and writing on the compatibility of transitional justice mechanisms with the Rome Statute for her LL.M thesis. At GICJ, she wishes to observe closely and get training on the processes employed by the UN and its treaty bodies for the enforcement and implementation of universal standards of human rights.

Francesca Maccabruni


Francesca Maccabruni is an Italian student of Criminology at CIELS in Milan. At university, she had the opportunity to study subjects such as criminal law, prison law, migration and interventions for integration and security, criminology and victimology, cybercrime and economic crime. In the course of her studies, she has written articles for the university on various areas of criminology: “Women and homicide”; “Paedophilia, the case of Jonìhn Wayne Gacy”; “The 10 most vicious serial killers”. In 2021, Francesca had an Erasmus experience in Tarragona, Spain, where she stayed for six months, attending the local university. Her employment as head and coordinator of activities at the youth centre and her university experiences have enabled her to acquire organisational, operational and strategic skills such as attention to details, working collaboratively and under pressure. Francesca is very interested in everything related to law, justice, defence and social security. The internship at GICJ is an opportunity for her to grow professionally and hone her skills in a field she is passionate about. This experience will allow her to receive training in human rights and international law, and learn about the structure and work of an NGO.

Conall Corrigan


Conall joined GICJ in February 2022. He graduated from Glasgow University, where he studied Public Policy and Politics at undergraduate level. He is currently obtaining his Master’s degree in Human Rights Law at Queen’s University Belfast. Having been born and raised in Northern Ireland, Conall has an understanding of how violence and conflict are facilitated by the absence of human rights standards. He believes the theoretical human rights knowledge he has gained through his master degree will be complemented by gaining practical experience with the GICJ. He is particularly interested in receiving training to aid him gain a deeper understanding of the various mechanisms and institutions that are used to promote human rights globally.

Lian Martínez Moya


Lian joined GICJ in July 2021, as a translation volunteer. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Complutense University of Madrid and she is currently pursuing a Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratization at the Global Campus of Human Rights, in Venice and Hamburg. Her interests lie in migration and conflict studies, as well as researching about gender and humanitarian issues from a sociological perspective. In addition, as a former ballet student for more than ten years, Lian has found the connection between arts and human rights a very transformative and moving way to approach human rights advocacy. Alongside her current experience with GICJ, she has volunteered with other international organizations before, such as Open Arms, Spanish Red Cross and Save the Children, but collaborating with GICJ will allow her to keep learning and receiving training about many human rights issues around the world that do not receive much attention from the media and gain practical knowledge about the roles and the interaction between non-government organizations and the UN. 

Yasmine Darwish

France / Egypt / America

Yasmine joined GICJ in February 2022. She graduated the same month with a Master's degree in International and European Law from the University of Geneva. She developed a deep interest in international humanitarian law and international human rights law during her studies and volunteer work. In particular, she focused on the protection of women and children in armed conflict under international law, transitional justice, and business and human rights. At GICJ, she aims to gain in-depth knowledge of the UN human rights mechanisms and practical experience in human rights.

Aimara Pujadas


Aimara joined the GICJ team in October 2021. She studied International Relations in Cuba, with a huge passion for International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. After having initiated her career as a diplomat at the Cuban Ministry of Foreig Affairs, she went ahead to work on international cooperation projects and is currently enrolled on the Master Program on Governance and Human Rights at the Autonomous University of Madrid. Aimara is devoted to research, advocacy and policy analysis particularly on migration and refugees related issues. She has also a keen interest on the peace and development UN agenda, assessing international conflicts, protection of vulnerable groups as well as peace-making, peacekeeping and post-conflict strategies. With her experience at GICJ she hopes to learn in-depth how international organizations work for the fulfillment of human rights within international human rights mechanisms and receive training.

Tiril Andresen


Tiril joined GICJ in January 2022. She is 24 and recently obtained her Master degree in law at the University of Bergen, specialising in refugee law and international humanitarian law. During her first years of studies she volunteered as a legal advisor for prison inmates. She then volunteered as a legal counselor for children. Through this work she discovered a passion for human rights protection of vulnerable groups. Before joining GICJ, Tiril worked as a Senior Executive Officer at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She also has a three-months internship in Madrid, working in an international law firm. Her main areas of interest are refugee and migration law, the protection and promotion of children's rights and human rights in armed conflict. With her internship in GICJ she is looking forward to gaining practical experience in the international field of law. She hopes to learn more about the UN human rights mechanisms, and receive training, especially about the Human Right Council.

Natalia Venegas Arango


Natalia joined GICJ in January 2022. Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, she holds a Law degree from Universidad del Rosario and she is currently finishing a second degree in International Relations with an emphasis in Security, Peace, and Conflict. Besides working at the university as a teacher´s assistant, she also participated in the Harvard National Model of UN, debating mainly about Human Rights issues. In addition, she worked at the Student Council, focusing on gender issues. From her experience as an intern in the Colombia Constitutional Court, she learned more about human rights issues in Colombia. From her internship at GICJ, she aims to get professional experience and training in the field of human rights, to learn about the practical functioning of the International System, and learn about human rights mechanisms and issues around the world. She speaks Spanish, English and is currently learning French. 

Razan al-Shammari


Razan has joined the GICJ team in December 2021 from Malmo, Sweden. She is currently studying Peace and Conflict Studies at Lund University. Born in Iraq, to live in Syria and then reunited with her family in Sweden, Razan has developed a keen interest in human rights, migration, refugees, war and peace. She has worked with the UNHCR and gained experience and training in the field of human rights of refugees. Given the opportunity to work with GICJ, she is excited to gain more knowledge of human rights law and international humanitarian law. She speaks English, Swedish, and Arabic fluently.

Aitkulov Sanzhar Bekezhanuly



Sanzhar graduated from KazGUU University in Kazakhstan, where he studied law. He is 24 and was born and raised in Satpayev, Kazakhstan. He speaks Kazakh, English and Russian. He is currently in his second and final year of obtaining his Master's degree at University of Padova, Italy. At the University of Padova he studies the Human Rights and Multilevel Governance Program, and he researches political repression in the post-Soviet area. He believes that the experience and training from GICJ will help him in the future in strengthening democracy in post-Soviet countries, as well as strengthening, understanding and protecting human rights around the world.

Amie Sillito

United Kingdom/South Africa

Amie joined GICJ in September 2021. She completed her Bachelors degree majoring in Law, Politics and Governance with a minor in Gender Studies at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Amie, a dual-national, recently immigrated to the United Kingdom where she completed a law conversion course to pursue her career as a solicitor. During this time, she worked as a pro-bono legal adviser at her law school’s housing clinic and joined Me&You, a South African company promoting racial and gender equality through educational means. She is passionate about outreach and has been involved in numerous projects including rehabilitating a South African orphanage, environmental conservation projects and creating vegetable gardens for underprivileged communities to address food insecurity.  With the training she receives at GICJ, Amie hopes to expand her knowledge of international law and gain insight into women and minority groups’ rights for the purpose of legislative reform.

Mohamed Mahmoud Feyala


Mohamed Mahmoud Feyala joined GICJ in November 2021. He pursued a PhD in public international law at Benha University and received several courses in international law from Harvard University, University of London, and University of Geneva. Before, he obtained a LLB and a master’s degree in public law from Alexandria University. Moreover, he worked as a legal advisor in the United Nations Volunteers, and he is currently a lecturer in international law at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport. Being particularly concerned with issues related to human rights and international humanitarian law, his legal and research background gives him the ability to analyse human rights violations from the point of view of international law. The involvement in an international work environment and training at GICJ will give him a great opportunity to see and learn about the latest developments and everything that is going on in the international arena. He speaks Arabic, English, and French.

Isabelle Despicht

Switzerland / France / Austria

Isabelle Despicht joined GICJ in January 2022. She is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in European Studies at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences in Maastricht. She is a passionate Human Rights advocate, and has a keen interest in international organizations, the European Union, security, and foreign affairs. Next to her studies, she completed an internship with the Armenian Embassy in The Hague where she researched on the Human Rights violations in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. During her semester abroad, she studied international relations at Universidad Europea de Valencia. She was involved with the International Team for Security Studies (ITSS) Verona, where she interviewed experts and wrote articles on UK and European Security. At GICJ, Isabelle would like to gain practical experience and training in the field of human rights and broaden her knowledge on the functioning of international organizations and the UN system, all while raising the profile of human rights violations worldwide.


Sivar Ahmed 


Sivar Ahmed joined the team in January 2022. She was born and raised in Erbil, Iraq. She got a Bachelors degree in Accounting in Iraq, and a Master degree in International Relations and Diplomacy in Geneva. She has worked with International Organisations providing humanitarian aid in Iraq, such as Oxfam and Save the Children. She had a chance to work directly with internally displaced people and Syrian refugees in camps in Iraq. She is interested in human rights issues in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq, and especially issues related to freedom of expression and gender-based violence. In her internship with GICJ, she is looking forward to developing her knowledge in human rights and justice and receiving training on Human Rights mechanisms.

Elina Siegfried


Elina Siegfried joined GICJ in February 2022. She is a law student from Basel. After having successfully absolved her Bachelors in Law at the University of Basel, she moved to Geneva and is currently enrolled in a bilingual Masters program in International Law. Even before her studies, she has already been able to gain considerable experience in the international sector. Having lived in the USA during her High School Years, worked on a "hacienda" in Chile, participated in Volunteering programs in Asia and worked as a flight attendant on the international network, she developed valuable skills in international relations and confirmed her interest in human rights. At GICJ, she hopes to receive training about human rights mechanisms, and more particularly, the functioning of the Human Rights Council. Having been enrolled in several volunteering programs for the CRC Youth, Yayasan Bali and other activities, she supports the team with her enthusiastic and inter-cultural oriented approach and engagement.

Sarah Tayara


  Sarah joined the GICJ team in September 2020. She studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at University College London, and is currently studying Law after securing a training contract at international law firm Hogan Lovells. Sarah is passionate about human rights matters in the Middle East, and particularly in Syria due to her Syrian origins. Sarah has embarked on multiple trips to Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon and Turkey to meet with Syrian refugees and learn more about their human rights situation. With GICJ, Sarah hopes to be able to shed light on the ongoing struggles of refugees, particularly women and children, and to expose the gross violations of human rights and international humanitarian law both in Syria and beyond, all while receiving training in the field of human rights.

Lola Stirling

United Kingdom

Lola joined GICJ in November 2021. She is currently completing a degree in English and French law at the University of Sheffield in the UK and is spending her study abroad year in Geneva focusing on International law. She has long been passionate about international affairs and human rights violations. Her family was heavily impacted by both the Troubles in Northern Ireland and the Holocaust and emigrated to England as a result. She has gone on to become an ambassador for the Holocaust Educational Trust, a well-known and highly regarded charity in the UK. During her schooling, she participated in debates concerning Middle Eastern events and politics; she is proud to have never lost a debate over the two years she actively participated and led them. With GICJ she intends to gain training and experience working in the field of human rights and is specifically interested in humanitarian conflict and gender-based violence. She is a native English speaker, speaks French fluently and is currently teaching herself Spanish.

Jamel Nampijja


Jamel was born and raised in Kampala, Uganda, and currently resides in Geneva, Switzerland. She is currently the Vice president at IcSquared GMBH with duties including strategic planning, business negotiations, product hunting, and is the diversity and inclusion advisor at IcSquared. Jamel holds a Masters in Advanced studies in Peace and conflict transformation from Swiss Peace Academy, University of Basel and a bachelor’s degree in Public Relation. She has worked with local councils with youths and development and is motivated by positive social change and social movements like the civil rights movement and the fight against racism and segregation. Through this volunteer opportunity at GICJ, she would like to gain practical experience and broaden her knowledge in the field of human rights, international law, and justice.


Patricia Jjuuko


Patricia Jjuuko is Ugandan with over 10 years of professional experience in the social security and life insurance sectors. She is passionate about seeing individuals being treated with fairness and this eventually led up to heading the Client Service Department of Sanlam Life Insurance in Uganda, where she defended the rights of clients and ensured they had a good experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Development Studies from Makerere University in Uganda and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies at the University of London in the UK. Patricia was born and raised in Kenya and has lived in Uganda and the United States. She now lives in Nyon, Switzerland, with her husband and three sons.

Charlotte von Bremen-Khüne


Charlotte joined the volunteer team of GICJ in October 2021. As a lawyer, she is currently employed as a Research and Teaching Assistant at the University of Augsburg where she is also undertaking her PhD with a focus on International Human Rights Law. After graduating from law school in 2018, Charlotte decided to broaden her horizons and enrolled in an LLM Programme in International Law at the University of Bristol. During this additional master's course, she acquired great knowledge in fields such as Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law and gained experience working in the human rights sector as she volunteered for the Human Rights Implementation Centre and the Refugee Law Clinic Cologne.

Payton Brooke Focht

United States of America

Payton Focht joined GICJ in September 2021. She is from Washington and she is currently in her third and final year of obtaining her Jurist Doctor degree at Gonzaga University School of Law. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Global Politics from Washington State University, as well as two minors in History and Communications. In addition, she had the opportunity to study in Ireland where she learned the history and politics of the country and was introduced to the human rights related issues of the Troubles. She recently took human rights law related courses in Italy where she had the opportunity to participate in a mediation competition and the Black Lives Matter as a Global Movement conference. Payton hopes that her internship will provide her with invaluable training and experience in the international human rights law where she is able to grow her knowledge of the field as well as be surrounded by like-minded professionals that are passionate about human rights.

Marc Gancedo 


Marc is from Spain and joined GICJ in September 2021. He recently obtained a masters on human rights having achieved a bachelor's degree on international relations and political science from the University of Birmingham (UK) prior to that. Before joining GICJ, Marc worked on local level for FIBGAR, an NGO committed to fighting for transitional justice. With GICJ, he hopes to obtain a better understanding and training on the international system for the protection of human righ ts. His main areas of interest are international criminal law, counterterrorism and transitional justice. He is fluent in Spanish, Catalan and English and has a good understanding of French. 

Buba Ceesay

Buba Ceesay is legal practitioner enrolled in The Gambia bar in 2019. He holds a Master of Law degree in Crossed-Cultural Business Practice (LL.M in International Contracts and Arbitration) from the University of Fribourg. Prior to this, he obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL. B) from the University of The Gambia and pursued a post-graduate at The Gambia Law School leading to the qualification of a Barrister-at-Law (B.L) in 2018. Buba worked as an associate (junior legal Counsel) at Mari Bantang Chambers, a local law chamber in The Gambia, where he conducted litigations in both civil and criminal cases at the lower courts and acted for domestic clients in transactions and disputes. He also works as adjunct law lecturer at the Gambia Technical Training Institute, where he lectured Business and family Law to students pursuing diploma in law. Buba is keenly interested in International Law, promotion and protection of Human Rights, Transnational Justice, Environmental protections and most importantly, Business and Human right. He joined GICJ to gain extensive knowledge in human rights protection and promotion and their enabling frameworks. Buba Speaks English, Mandinka, and Wolof and handles basic conversation in French.

Mutua K. Kobia

Kenya / Switzerland

Mutua Kobia joined GICJ in January 2017. After graduating with a Master Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Geneva School of Diplomacy (2013) in Geneva, Switzerland, Mutua has been very active in the NGO Community in Geneva. Gender relations, the environment, and indigenous communities has been the interest and focus of much of his work particularly at the United Nations Human Rights Council. Mutua also holds a Bachelor of Philosophy from Hope College, Holland, Michigan. He intends to expand his knowledge in the field of human rights, international law, and justice as well as taking a more hands on approach and involvement with grass roots work and local on-the-ground projects.

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