In 2010 ISLP established the International Senior Lawyers Project-Europe, headquartered in Paris, France. It is guided by a 16-member Conseil and headed by Director Michele O'Brien.


ISLP mourns the loss of Board member Ramon Rullerat

It was with great sadness that ISLP learned of the sudden death of Board member Ramon Mullerat on May 31, 2013. ISLP Co-Presidents Tony Essaye and Bob Kapp noted the significant role Mr. Ramon played at ISLP and that his loss would be greatly felt: "Ramon was not only a committed member of our Board but also the Chairman of the Board of ISLP-Europe and a member of the Board of ISLP-UK. His devotion to ISLP and commitment to our goals were boundless. He deeply believed that it is the obligation of our profession to contribute to the development of a just and equitable society and that the pro bono movement is central to that proposition. In particular, he considered that ISLP-Europe had a pre-eminent role to play in channeling the energy of his European colleagues to support those most in need throughout the world."

Roundtable on Strategic Litigation Hosted by ISLP-Europe

April 7, 2014 The ISLP-Europe office in Paris hosted a roundtable on "Le Litige Strategique", the first in a series of working group meetings to define the concept of strategic litigation and opportunities for its application in civil code jurisdictions. The esteemed panel of speakers included Lanna Hallo, Open Society Justice Initiative; Slim Ben Achour, Syndicat des avocats de France; Marianne Le Mouellec of Proskauer; and Schérhérazade Zerouala, Member of the Paris Bar and Lecturer at the University of Paris II, Panthéon-Assas.

European Court of Human Rights—Pilot Mediation Project in Poland

May 17 2013 ISLP-Europe officially launched the Pilot Mediation Program for Polish Cases in the European Court of Human Rights. The kick-off event was held May 17 at the University of Warsaw - see full invitation here.

Director Michele O'Brien and Board members Natasha Lisman and Zbigniew Lasocik are working with leading Polish jurists on a project to introduce mediation to resolve certain cases before the European Court of Human Rights. While both the Court and experts have said that mediation can help address its significant backlog issue - more than 151,000 cases were pending at the end of 2011 - there are currently no effective institutional mechanisms to encourage parties to use mediation or to make professional mediation services available to them. The ISLP-Europe pilot mediation project in Poland aims to facilitate the use of mediation for resolution of certain disputes in order to achieve the dual goals of promoting friendly settlements and lessening the burden on the ECHR. <more>

ISLP-Europe Volunteer Monitors ICC Hearing of Ex-President

February 2013 ISLP-Europe is supporting the Open Society Justice Initiative's warcrimes trial monitoring project at the International Criminal Court by providing a volunteer monitor in the courtroom for the confirmation of charges hearings of the ex-president of Ivory Coast.<more>

ISLP-Europe Breakfast Panel with Speakers Aryeh Neier and Hans Corell

November 19, 2012 ISLP-Europe hosted a breakfast panel "The Role of Lawyers in the New Political and Economic Order in the Mediterranean" moderated by Ramón Mullerat OBE, former President of the Council of the Bars and Law Societies of the European Union, a lawyer in Spain and an Avocat à la Cour de Paris, France. Speakers included Aryeh Neier, President Emeritus of the Open Society Foundations, Dominique Attias, head of pro bono for the Paris Bar, Hans Corell, former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations and Jean-Claude Najar, General Counsel for GE France. <more>


ISLP-Europe Conseil

Willem Calkoen
Counsel, NautaDutilh NV, The Netherlands
Mr. Calkoen specializes in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, securities offerings and corporate governance. He was chairman between 1988 and 1992 of Committee G (business organisations of the section on business law of the International Bar Association) and was chairman of the section on business law in 1997 and 1998. He has authored many articles on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate governance.

Amb. Hans Corell
Former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations, Sweden
Ambassador Corell served in the Swedish Judiciary from 1962 to 1972. That year he joined the Ministry of Justice where he became a Director in 1979 and Chief Legal Officer in 1981. He was Ambassador and Under-Secretary for Legal and Consular Affairs in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs from 1984 to 1994 and Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations from March 1994 to March 2004.

Hon. Mary McGowan Davis
Retired Acting New York State Supreme Court Justice, USA
Judge Davis served as an Acting Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York and has been involved in a variety of matters relating to transitional justice and human rights law since her retirement from the bench. In 2011, she was appointed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as the Chair of the UN Committee of Independent Experts to monitor national investigations of the Gaza conflict during the period December 2008 to January 2009. She has served as an ISLP volunteer in Mongolia, providing assistance to the Centre for Human Rights and Development in advancing its anti-human trafficking program.

Alvaro Espinós, Secrétaire
Retired Partner, Baker & McKenzie, Spain
Experienced in Litigation, Arbitration, Real Estate and Corporate Law, and author of several legal books, Mr. Espinós holds a degree in Law from Barcelona University and was admitted to the Barcelona Bar Association in 1967. He practiced law in several local firms and was elected Lateral Partner by Baker & McKenzie in 1988, where he became a member of several Firm committees. Since his retirement in 2003, he continues to serve as an arbitrator.

Helge Jakob Kolrud
Retired Partner, Haavind, AS, Norway
Mr. Kolrud was a partner in the Oslo office of Haavind and was former President of the Conseil des barreaux européens (Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe).

Zbigniew Lasocik, Vice-président 
Professor of law and criminology, Warsaw University, Poland
Mr. Lasocik is a Professor of law and criminology and Head of the Human Trafficking Studies Center at Warsaw University, an international human rights expert, President of the Polish Section of the International Commission of Jurists and Member of the United Nations Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture.

Patrick Murray, Président 
Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP
Mr. Murray is ISLP’s Volunteer Haiti Program Coordinator and a partner and former Managing Partner of Winston & Strawn LLP’s Paris office. He serves on the Advisory Board of the NGO Partners in Health, a major provider of health care for the world's poor, and works actively with its related entity, Zanmi Lasanté-PARIS, a French NGO supporting education and rural development in Haiti’s Central Plateau.

Jean-Claude Najar
International Counsel, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
Mr. Najar is International Counsel at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle's Paris office, where he focuses his practice on international arbitration and compliance.  He is an Honorary Founder and Member of the Steering Committee of the Corporate Counsel International Arbitration Group (CCIAG) and teaches a course on corporate compliance at L'Institut d'études politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris.

Agostinho Pereira de Miranda
Chairman and founding partner, Miranda Correia Amendoeira & Associados, Portugal
Agostinho Pereira de Miranda is Chairman and Founding Partner of Miranda Correia Amendoeira & Associados, headquartered in Lisbon, Portugal. He has served as an ISLP volunteer in Mozambique where he provided advice regarding regulation of the country’s diamond industry in order to facilitate its membership in the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme.

Michael Smyth CBE
Chair, ISLP-UK
Mr. Smyth was for many years a Clifford Chance partner and he remains a consultant to the firm. He is now Senior Adviser to Quiller Consultants. He was made a Commander of the British Empire in 2009 for his pro bono legal services. Mr. Smyth is the author of Business and the Human Rights Act and is a Consulting Editor of the UK Human Rights Law Reports. Among his many charitable commitments he is Chairman of Law for Life, the Foundation for Public Legal Education.

Richard Vilanova
Retired Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, France
Mr. Vilanova is a retired partner in the Paris office of Sullivan & Cromwell and an expert in capital markets, cross-border financing and finance and securities law.

Christian von Hammerstein
Managing Partner, Raue LLP, Germany
Mr. von Hammerstein is the Managing Partner of Raue LLP in Berlin. His practice focuses on Energy, Natural Resources and Climate Change as well as dispute resolution.

Anthony Essaye
Co-President, ISLP, USA
Mr. Essaye is Co-President of the International Senior Lawyers Project.  He is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Law School. He was an associate of  the New York firm of Le Boeuf, Lamb and Leiby for two years before becoming an attorney with and later Deputy General Counsel at the United States Peace Corps. In 1967, he joined the Washington office of the New York firm which became Rogers & Wells. From 1974-1976 he managed the firm's Paris office and from 1978 to 1998 was Managing Partner of the firm's Washington office. In 2000 he became a partner with Clifford Chance after the merger of the two firms. Since his retirement in 2004 he has devoted his work to ISLP.

Robert Kapp
Co-President, ISLP, USA
Mr. Kapp is Of Counsel at Hogan Lovells in Washington, DC and Co-President of the International Senior Lawyers Project. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Kapp served as a trial attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.  He has been active in organizations dedicated to the advancement of civil rights and civil liberties and is past-national Co-chairman of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He will be awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from The American Lawyer in October 2012.

Garth Meintjes
Executive Director, ISLP, USA
Mr. Meintjes was born and raised in South Africa and received his B.A. from the University of Stellenbosch and an LL.B. from the University of Cape Town. As a conscientious objector to compulsory service in the South African Defence Force, he was effectively barred from entering professional legal practice. While teaching constitutional law and criminal law at the University of the Western Cape, he received a scholarship to study international human rights at the Notre Dame Law School. He subsequently spent 14 years at Notre Dame, earning both LL.M and doctorate degrees, serving as Associate Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights and teaching in the areas of international law and human rights. He then joined the JEHT Foundation to develop and manage its International Justice Program and was later Chief Operating Officer at the International Legal Foundation, an NGO that develops legal aid programs in post-conflict countries.



Michele O'Brien
Director, ISLP-Europe

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