International

Meet the team

Mickaël Laurans

Mickael Laurans

Interim Head of International Policy and Engagement, Head of Brussels (EU and WTO Affairs)

Mickaël joined the Brussels Office in April 2012, having previously spent nine years as Policy Manager in the International Department of the Law Society of England and Wales in London where he worked on international trade issues and the EU internal market in legal services.

mickael.laurans@lawsociety.org.uk

Marina Brilman

marina brilman

International Human Rights Policy Adviser

Marina holds a PhD in Law from the London School of Economics (LSE), an LL.M from University College London, and a Master’s degree in law from the University of Leiden. She was Leading Articles editor at the Leiden Journal of International Law and LLM adviser at the LSE, where she also taught property law to undergraduates. Marina is a qualified solicitor/barrister in The Netherlands where she practised in litigation, international arbitration, and commercial law as a senior associate at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek (previously Linklaters & Alliance).

She was a Board Member and Latin America Programme Director of the Dutch NGO Lawyers for Lawyers, a Visiting Professor at the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia (teaching public international law and human rights to postgraduates), and worked for three years as a staff attorney of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Marina has published on human rights in English and Spanish and is a contributor to the International Law Reports, published by Cambridge University Press, on the Inter-American Court’s case-law.

marina.brilman@lawsociety.org.uk

Elspeth Macdonald

Elspeth Macdonald

International Policy Adviser: Africa and Middle East

Elspeth joined the Department in February 2015 and leads it work on Africa and the Middle East. Prior to joining, she held a variety of internationally-focused roles, including managing overseas legislative strengthening programmes at the UK Parliament. Elspeth holds a Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School in Boston, USA, with concentrations in conflict studies and public international law.

elspeth.macdonald@lawsociety.org.uk

Chika Muorah

Chika_Muorah

International Policy Adviser: CIS

Chika joined the Law Society in April 2015 and leads on the CIS region. Prior to joining the Law Society, Chika worked for the Bar Council of England and Wales as a Policy Analyst – International and was responsible for promoting the good standing and interest of the Bar abroad, building relations with international bar associations, professional bodies and lawyers to advance the interest of the Bar. Chika studied law at university which was followed by her Bar Professional Training Course. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2006. She also spent two years working as a Consultant in Tokyo

chika.muorah@lawsociety.org.uk

Katharina Kirchberger

Katharina Kirchberger

International Policy Assistant: Europe and CIS

Katharina joined the Law Society in September 2016 and supports the Europe and CIS team. Prior to that, she worked in EU policy representing and cooperating with various EU institutions, most recently the EEAS in New York. Katharina graduated in International Economics and European Studies in Tuebingen, Germany, and holds a masters degree in Human Rights from LSE.

katharina.kirchberger@lawsociety.org.uk

David McNaught

david mcnaught

International Policy Assistant: Americas, Africa and the Middle East

David joined the Law Society in August as policy assistant for the Americas, Africa and the Middle East. He has worked for several health and human rights focused NGOs and charities in the UK and South Africa, including a public interest law centre in Johannesburg. He has an LLB from the University of London and a BA in Film and American Studies from the University of East Anglia.

david.mcnaught@lawsociety.org.uk

Elena Chifor

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Team Administrator

Elena joined The Law Society in November 2015 as a team administrator, offering administrative support across the team. Elena is currently undertaking an LLB Undergraduate Law course at Birkbeck University.

elena.chifor@lawsociety.org.uk

Lizzette Robleto de Howarth

Lizzette Robleto

International Programmes Manager

Lizzette joined the Law Society in December 2015. She is responsible for managing the Society’s international public interest work including in the areas of legal development and assistance, corporate social responsibility and international rule of law.

Prior to joining the Law Society, Lizzette worked for more than 15 years in several International Development NGOs and charity organisations focussing on international policy and advocacy. She has particular expertise on Southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and has worked on a wide range of topics.

She obtained Certificates from Goldsmith, the London School of Economics, and the International Centre for Parliamentarian Studies. She has a LLB Law and a LLM Human Rights and is currently studying for a LLM in International Economic Law, Justice and Development at Birkbeck. She is also a member of The Honourable Society of Inner Temple.

Lizzette.RobletodeHowarth@LawSociety.org.uk

Donna Evans

Donna Evans

International Policy Adviser: North Asia & the Pacific

Donna joined the Law Society in 2008. She has a BA in Modern Chinese Studies from Leeds University and is a fluent Mandarin speaker. Donna frequently advises Law Society members on how to practise in her region, as well as providing an overview of current business opportunities and local law firm contacts for key jurisdictions, including China, Mongolia and Japan.

donna.evans@lawsociety.org.uk

Gerwin de Boer

Gerwin de Boer

International Policy Adviser: South Asia & ASEAN

Prior to joining the Law Society, Gerwin worked for the Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion as Area Manager Asia. Gerwin has a Masters degree in International Relations and International Organisation. He specialised in international economy and trade with a focus on Asia.

gerwin.deboer@lawsociety.org.uk

Virag Martin

Virag+Martin

International Policy Adviser: Europe

Virag joined The Law Society in January 2015. She supports the Europe and CIS team. Prior to that, Virag worked in EU policy representing cities and charities in Brussels and London. She graduated in EU Politics and Business Management in Budapest and holds a masters degree in European Public Policy from UCL.

virag.martin@lawsociety.org.uk

Ben Stevenson

Ben Stevenson

International Policy Adviser: Americas and Caribbean

Ben joined the Department in 2013 and leads in the US, Latin America and the Caribbean. Ben studied politics and international law. He spent five years working as an International Policy Adviser for the Liberal Democrats in the UK Parliament and two years in Brussels as an EU Policy and Advocacy Coordinator for the conflict prevention organisation.

ben.stevenson@lawsociety.org.uk

David Kirton

david kirton

International Policy Assistant: Asia

David joined the Department in August 2016 and assists with policy issues across the Asia Pacific region. Prior to this he worked in political risk, with a focus on policy in China and ASEAN, and spent a year living in China while studying Mandarin and reporting on hydropower developments. David has a first class BA in English from Oxford University and an MA in English from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied as a Thouron scholar.

david.kirton@lawsociety.org.uk

Roberta Taveri

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International Co-ordinator

Roberta joined the Department in May 2016. She has previously worked for almost three years as a Human Rights Officer with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Uganda as a Consultant on Children’s Rights at Save the Children in Rwanda. Roberta holds a Master Degree in International Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London and previously graduated in Ethics and Political Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh and at the University of Bologna.

roberta.taveri@lawsociety.org.uk