Supervisory Council

Volodymyr Butkevych

Vladimir G. Butkevych is the Ukrainian scientist and lawyer, Doctor of Law, professor, political and public activist.
Graduated from Law Faculty of Kiev State University, then graduated from the Faculty of International Relations and International Law University, Chair of International law and foreign law. He was the dean of the Faculty of International Relations and International Law, Director of the Institute of International Relations and International Law.

He was elected to the Parliament and chaired the Commission on Human Rights, Minorities, and International Relations of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. During 1998 - 2008 he was a judge of the European Court of Human Rights.
He is a member of the World Congress of Ukrainian Lawyers, author of more than 250 scientific publications including 11 monographs and textbooks. Honoured lawyer of Ukraine.

Zaza Namoradze

Zaza Namoradze, director of the Open Society Justice Initiative's Budapest office, oversees programs on legal capacity development, legal aid reform, and access to justice. Namoradze previously served as staff attorney and, later, Deputy Director of the Open Society Institute’s Constitutional and Legal Policy Institute, where he designed and oversaw projects in legal clinics, constitutional and judicial reforms, and human rights litigation capacity building throughout the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Namoradze has worked for the legal department of the Central Electoral Commission in Georgia and was a member of the State Constitutional Commission.

Namoradze graduated from Law Faculty of Tbilisi State University, studied in the comparative constitutionalism program of the Central European University, and earned an LL.M from the University of Chicago Law School.

Karina Moskalenko

Karina Moskalenko is a member of the Russian Committee of Lawyers on Human Rights (from 1993). Moskalenko is a Commissioner of the International Commission of Lawyers. She also is a member of the Expert Council for the Ombudsmen on Human Rights for the Russian Federation and the Moscow Helsinki Group. Moskalenko has successfully tried numerous human rights cases in Russia and abroad. In 2001 she became the first Russian lawyer who tried and won a case in the European Court of Human Rights. She was named a Commissioner to the International Commission of Lawyers in 2003.

Moskalenko founded the International Protection Center in 1995 to protect the victims of human rights violations in Russia. Since then, the Center has filed over 300 cases before the ECHR and has won important legal victories in more than 100 cases on behalf of Russian citizens whose rights have been found as violated by the Russian authorities.
Karina Moskalenko is recognized internationally as one of Russia's most effective and courageous human rights lawyers.  Many of her honors and awards include the Ludovic-Trarieux International Human Rights Prize, the Justice William J. Brennan Award, and the International Helsinki Federation’s Human Rights Recognition Award etc. In 2010 Moskalenko received a doctor of law degree honoris causa from Southern Methodist University.


Barrister, Monckton Chambers, London (2006 - present). Visiting Professor, Central European University (1997- present) and Oxford University (2010 - present); professeur invité, Institut International des Droits de l'Homme (2001 - present); Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Birmingham (2006 - present); Member (2008 - present) and Chair (2010 - present) of the Scientific Committee of the European Union's Fundamental Rights Agency; coordinator of the Expert Council on NGO Law of the Council of Europe's Conference on INGOs (2008 - present); expert on human rights law for the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and UNDP; Editor, Butterworths Human Rights Cases and Consultant Editor, Commonwealth Human Rights Law Digest; co-founder and Chair of INTERIGHTS (the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights).

Formerly Reader in International Human Rights Law, University of Birmingham (1978 - 2006); member of the European Union network of experts on fundamental rights (2002 - 2006); Scientific Expert to the Council of Europe for the adoption of the Fundamental Principles on the Legal Status of Non-governmental Organisations (2000 - 2002), the Recommendation on the Use of Remand in Custody and the Provision of Safeguards Against Abuse (Recommendation # R (2006) 13) (2002-06) and the Recommendation on the Legal Status of Non-governmental Organisations (CM / Rec (2007) 14E) (2006-7); Visiting Professor, University of Santa Clara, California (1977 - 1998); Visiting Professor, University of Stockholm.           



Attorney at Law. Graduated from the Boalt Hall School of Law University of California at Berkeley (B.A. Degree – 1964, J.D. Degree – 1967), Honors: Speaker of the Graduating Class Varsity Letterm. Member of the California and New York Bar, certified Criminal Law Specialist. Selected by the Criminal Courts Bar of Los Angeles as "Trial Lawyer of the Year". Listed in Best Lawyers in America

14 years worked for the Los Angeles County Public Defender, he functioned in every capacity available in an indigent criminal defense agency.

For a period of four years, Mr Rucker  was one of the 4 members of the Special Trials Unit of the Office of the Public Defender.  In this capacity, he was assigned exclusively the most serious and complicated death penalty homicide cases throughout the County of Los Angeles

For a period of five years, Ed. A. Rucker was Head Deputy in the Office of the Public Defender, in charge of indigent representation for those charged with crimes in the Northeast Judicial District of Los Angeles County. 

Authorized by a Presidential Proclamation and with the support of the Open Society Justice Initiative Foundation, Ed. A. Rucker was responsible for establishing a national model of a system that would provide access to legal representation in criminal cases. Over a two year period he was creating legal offices, similar to public defenders, in three different cities; negotiated agreements with the police and courts to secure their cooperation; conducted training seminars for lawyers throughout the country; and advised the commission drafting a new Ukrainian Criminal Code.



Dmitriy Shabelnikov

Dmitriy Shabelnikov oversees PILnet’s Moscow office and is responsible for PILnet’s work in Russia. He has been leading efforts to promote legal aid reforms in Russia and develop clinical legal education there. Following the expansion of the PILnet Moscow office in 2007, he continues to steer major PILnet strategies in Russia, including legal aid reform and legal education reform initiatives and the expansion of pro bono practice.

Shabelnikov graduated from the Moscow State University Faculty of Philology in 1993 and the Moscow Institute for Economics, Management and Law in 2003. Before joining PILnet in 2003 he worked in various capacities for the Moscow offices of the American Bar Association's Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (ABA CEELI) and the Ford Foundation. Shabelnikov has authored, edited and translated several books on public interest law, legal aid and other related subjects.

Michele Leering

Michele Leering is the Executive Director and a lawyer with the Community Advocacy & Legal Centre (CALC) based in Belleville, Ontario, Canada.  She graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario. She also has a degree in Political Science. Since joining the Ontario community legal clinic system in 1985, which is funded by Legal Aid Ontario, she has worked on provincial projects to build a stronger clinic system and foster innovation in client service delivery. She was a founding member of the Poverty Law Advocates Network of Canada. In 2009 she was awarded a Community Leadership in Justice Fellowship by the Law Foundation of Ontario. She has lead action research projects on the issues of poverty, homelessness and the need for affordable housing, increasing access to justice for rural, remote and linguistic communities, and encouraging knowledge management in the community legal clinic system. She recently co-authored Knowledge Management, Sharing and Creation:  Report on Phase I of the Knowledge NOW Project (2010) and Paths to Justice: Navigating with the Wandering Lost (2011).  In 2010 she organized a week-long study tour of Ontario’s legal clinics and legal aid system for a group of Ukrainian community law centres sponsored by the International Renaissance Foundation and the Open Society Institute.

Her current research and practice interests include: access to justice; international legal aid, strategic and operational planning; evaluation capacity building and quality assurance; knowledge management; supporting transformational leadership and organizational learning, and promoting community development, systemic advocacy and legal literacy approaches to legal aid service delivery. She is currently completing research into encouraging "reflective practice” as a key capacity for legal professionals, and is developing a faculty resource kit for introducing reflective practice at law schools.