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JUSTICE Human Rights Awards Nomination

15 December 2010

AIRE Centre Assistant Director Adam Weiss nominated for Peter Duffy Award

It is with immense pride that we congratulate our Assistant Director, Adam Weiss who was nominated for the Peter Duffy Award at this year’s JUSTICE Human Rights Awards. To have all his hard work, dedication, and expertise recognised is a great honour, and we would like to thank JUSTICE and all the people who supported his nomination. The AIRE Centre commends, with deepest gratitude, all Adam’s outstanding work over the past five years.

Adam is an outstanding lawyer and humanitarian and an invaluable part of the AIRE Centre team. He works with exemplary dedication in managing the AIRE Centre’s ever expanding free legal advice service, providing a lifeline to individuals seeking information and support. He is also a leading member of our litigation team, writing widely well received third-party interventions and other submissions to national and international courts, and articles which have been published in leading law journals. Adam works tirelessly to push forward points of law that will benefit marginalised and vulnerable individuals Europewide.

Adam has also expanded the remit of The AIRE Centre to provide legal services in exceptional cases where no other support is available. In this role he has been a successful advocate for vulnerable and neglected individuals at benefits and immigration tribunals all over the UK and works hard to ensure their cases are dealt with professionally to the highest possible level.

In addition, he undertakes many trainings on behalf of The AIRE Centre, and this year alone has travelled to Belgrade, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Brussels, Moldova, Skopje as well as all over the UK. He has given important training and lectures on issues of trafficking, torture and unlawful detention, LGBT rights, equality, and litigation before the European Courts, to name but a few.

Adam is also an incredibly dedicated and supportive senior staff member, and is outstanding in his mentoring of current interns and staff. He also takes an active interest in the professional development of previous volunteers- taking time out of his busy schedule to meet with them, give advice, help them prepare for interviews, and write references.

A large group of AIRE Centre staff and friends attended the award ceremony last week, generously hosted by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. The award was won by Tessa Hetherington, of Matrix Chambers, who- amongst other work- played a seminal role in the long and difficult Baha Mousa Public Inquiry. We would like to congratulate Tessa for this achievement- and the third nominee, Tessa Gregory, and say that we are very pleased that the three nominee’s tireless work in human rights protection can be celebrated through this award. We would also like to thanks JUSTICE for their dedication to protecting individuals through human rights law and their encouragement of aspiring legal talent thorough this prestigious award.

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