the team

Prof. Paweł Wiliński

Professor of law, chief of the Department of Criminal Procedure at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland; Judge of the Supreme Court of Poland. Ad-hoc Judge of the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg (2010-2012, 2015-2016). Expert in criminal procedure, international criminal law, victims and witnesses protection system, protection of minors in criminal law, teaching also human rights law, constitutional aspects of criminal law. Author of over 200 publications on criminal procedure, criminal law, international criminal law and procedure, i.a. Improving Protection of Victims’ Rights: Access to Legal Aid, 2015, Criminal procedure from Constitutional Perspective, 2011; Fair trial standard in Polish and international jurisprudence, 2009; Principles of International Criminal Law, 2008; International Criminal Court, 2004.

Mykhaylo Shepitko

Doctor of Law, Professor of Criminal Law Department at the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University. During his professional career Professor Shepitko has researched the problems of Criminal Law in Judgments and Decisions of European Court of Human Rights. Lately he has been paying special attention to the implementation of Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in Ukraine. His teaching activities are united with researches at the Аcademician Stashis Scientific Research Institute for the Study of Crime Problems, where he worked on Criminal Law Doctrine and Improvement of Criminal Legislation in Ukraine. He is a member of the group developing and preparing a new draft of Criminal Code of Ukraine, the activity connected with tight cooperation with European Union Advisory Mission in Ukraine. Professor Shepitko is Secretary of Ukrainian National Group of International Association of Penal Law, Counsellor-Secretary of International Criminalists Congress, and Member of Ukrainian Association of Criminal Law.


Mikołaj Pietrzak

A graduate of the University of Warsaw Faculty of Law and Administration and a holder of the Cambridge University Certificate in English and European Law. Between 2010 and 2016 he was the Chairman of the Human Rights Council of the Polish Bar Council. As of November 2016, he is the Dean of the Warsaw Bar Association. In 2016, he was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as one of the five members of the Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, and he was the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees between May 2018 and October 2019. He was a member of the experts committee of the National Preventive Mechanism in Poland between 2016 and 2021.
He is the recipient of the Edward Wende award, which recognizes lawyers who dedicate themselves to the fight for justice and defence of the public good. In 2018 he was awarded the Human Rights Award of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE). He was the laureate of Scott Crosby Human Rights Award in 2021, awarded by the European Criminal Bar Association.
He specializes in criminal law, constitutional law and protection of human rights. His experience includes legal representation in criminal cases and defence in cases regarding terrorism, espionage, murder, business crimes, corruption and fiscal crimes. He regularly appears before the Supreme Court of Poland and has been admitted to the List of Counsel of the International Criminal Court in the Hague of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

Oksana Senatorova

PhD, a founder and Director of the NGO "Centre for International Humanitarian Law and Transitional Justice" (CIHLTJ), Director of Research Centre for Transitional Justice (RCTJ) and an Associate Professor of the International Law Department at Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University, and Associate Professor at NaUKMA. She has almost 20 years of experience as a lecturer of international law, IHL, ICL, Human Rights and Transitional Justice courses in Ukraine and abroad.
She defended her PhD "Procedural Aspects of the Activities of International Criminal Courts" in 2005. From 2007 to 2009 she was a module leader of the LLM programme in collaboration with Hertfordshire University. From 2014 to 2020 she was a Co-Director of the LLM Programme “International Law”, Dual Diploma Programme with Mykolas Romeris University. In 2020 she founded and headed the NGO "Centre for IHL and Transitional Justice", aiming to protect and promote the rights of victims of armed conflict.
Nowadays, she is a member of the Law Reform Commission of Ukraine under the President of Ukraine, a Coordinator of the Working Group on the Protection of Victims of Armed Conflict of the Interdepartmental Commission on Implementation of IHL in Ukraine, an expert at the International Council on Crimes Committed in Armed Conflict at Ukraine's Office of Prosecutor General. Since 2005 she has been an expert for the ICRC Regional Delegations; since 2021 is a peer reviewer for the ICRC Commentary on the IV Geneva Convention 1949. Since 2021 has been an expert for the Council of Europe on the IDPs in Ukraine.

Marina Lostal

A Senior Lecturer at the School of Law of the University of Essex (UK) and the Director of Human Rights Postgraduate Programme at the University of Essex and Co-Deputy Director of its Human Rights Centre . She holds a PhD from the European University Institute and an LLM from the University of Cambridge. She is admitted to the Bar in Spain and is also an accredited mediator. She specialises in the rights of victims in international criminal law, the protection of cultural heritage in armed conflict and animal law. Between 2017 and 2020 she worked at the International Criminal Court (The Hague) in the realm of victims, first as a Court-appointed reparations expert in the Al Mahdi case, and then providing advice to the Trust Fund for Victims in various cases. She has worked as a consultant for several organisations, including UNESCO and Geneva Call, and delivered training to diverse audiences including judges, law clerks, peacekeepers and armed non-State actors.

Matthew Gillett

An experienced international lawyer who has investigated and prosecuted war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide for over 15 years. UN special mandate holder in Human Rights. He worked at the International Criminal Court and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, as well as other institutions. He was a member of the New Zealand delegation negotiating the crime of aggression at the International Criminal Court review conference in 2010. He now works as a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the University of Essex. He also co-leads the University's Digital Verification Unit, which gathers open source evidence of human rights violations.

Anna Adamska – Gallant

A Polish lawyer with vast professional experience in international criminal law. She served as a judge for 17 years, including almost 6 years in international judiciary in Kosovo, where she heard war crime cases and crimes against humanity in the first instance and in the capacity of the Supreme Court justice. She graduated in law from the University of Gdansk, completed postgraduate studies in Intellectual Property Law at the Jagiellonian University, and European Law at the University of Cambridge. She was awarded PhD in law cum laude from the University of Wroclaw for her dissertation on “The Vulnerable Witnesses in Practice of International and Hybrid Courts”.
Since 2018 Anna Adamska-Gallant has been involved in strengthening the rule of law in Ukraine working as a key international expert on the judiciary of Pravo Justice, the biggest EU project supporting the judicial reform in the country. She was appointed by President Zelyensky as an international member of the Council of Experts on Judicial Reform in Ukraine.
In 2019, she joined Polish Bar. She specializes in the criminal law, international humanitarian law and human rights.
She is proficient in English and Ukrainian. She also speaks French, Serbian and Russian.

Natalia Klima-Piotrowska

Advocate from 2006, mediator from 2020. Chairwoman of the Human Rights Commission at the Polish Bar Council, member of Katowice Bar Council, chairwoman of the Commission for Contacts with Courts and Prosecutor’s Office at the Katowice Bar Council, member of the Women’s Rights Team at the Polish Bar Council, member of the Association of prof. Zbigniew Hołda.
For her commitment to the defence of free courts and people repressed for participation in the Black Protest she received first distinction in the competition Woman Advocate in 2017. In August 2020 she received an award in the plebiscite of Association “Defensor Iuris” for the advocate-social activist.
A pro bono defender of repressed judges and prosecutors, people repressed for participation in the Black Protest, women protests, anti-fascist pickets, as well as the organizer and coordinator of the group of advocates and attorneys-at-laws, providing pro bono legal assistance to participants of women protests in the cities of Silesia and Zagłębie in 2020.

Ewa Hofmańska

PhD in law, specialized in labour law; academic with national and international practical experience, including the Trust Fund for Victims of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. She lectured at the Faculty of Law at the University of Bialystok, the Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University and the Lazarski University in Warsaw. In 2002 she completed a research fellowship at the University of New South Wales in Sydney (Australia). She is the author of numerous publications on labour law.

Witold Klaus

A professor at the Institute of Law Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences (head of both the Department of Criminology and of the Migration Law Research Centre) and research fellow in the Centre of Migration Research at the University of Warsaw. He is a lawyer, criminologist, migration researcher and NGO activist. He is one of the founders and currently a member of the Board of the Association for Legal Intervention (a chairman between 2005 and 2019) and one of leaders and co-founders of the Migration Consortium - a coalition of 9 non-profit organization helping immigrants across Poland. In 2009 he was awarded Social Nobel Prize by Ashoka Foundation – Innovators for the Public.