Here are our current legal interns.
Ralitsa Peykova has been a legal caseworker at the AIRE Centre since November 2016.
Ralitsa holds an LLB from the University of Southampton, an LLM in Media Law from the University of Queen Mary and an MA in Gender Studies and Law from SOAS, University of London.
She has worked in the field of human rights for almost 2 years, as a legal case writer for The Global Freedom of Expression & Information Jurisprudence Project by Columbia University researching exemplary freedom of expression/hate speech cases.
She speaks English, Bulgarian and Greek.
Sarah joined the AIRE Centre in September 2016 as an intern on the Western Balkans team, where she is now working as a legal researcher. She holds an undergraduate degree in Law and French from Trinity College Dublin and an LLM in International Human Rights Law from University College London where she wrote her dissertation on the prevention of genocide in international law.
Before joining the AIRE Centre’s team she completed internships in the European Parliament and Davis Polk and Wardwell LLP. She was a student campaigner with Aegis Trust and also worked for a free legal advice clinic.
While working at the AIRE Centre, she is also studying to sit the New York bar exam in order to become an attorney there
Prior to joining the AIRE Centre Sneha worked as an immigration paralegal at a medium sized law firm. Her tasks concerned analysing immigration rules for the client; preparing applications based on the tier based points system and drafting representations for appeals.
She hold a degree in Law and Sociology from the University of Kent, and MA in International Politics and Human Rights from City University London and a LPC from the University of Law. For her Masters dissertation she examined the Common European Asylum System and the political motives behind it and was awarded a Merit for her research.
Currently, she is working at the AIRE Centre as a Legal Caseworker on a project which assists EEA women who are detained and facing deportation from the UK. A number of the women that Sneha has assisted have been victims of modern slavery and have had their rights abused. To support their cases, she has been involved in drafting witness statements, collating work history documentation and finding other supporting evidence. The work has also led Sneha to working collaboratively with other organisations like Helen Bamber, Women Against Rape and Medical Justice in order to support the client’s cases. She have really enjoyed my time at the AIRE Centre and is fluent in English, Gujarati, and Kiswahili
Adriana joined the AIRE Centre as a legal caseworker intern in September 2016 and is currently working as a project assistant to the AIRE Centre ‘Separated Children in Judicial Proceedings’ project.
Before joining the AIRE Centre, she obtained the LLM International Human Rights Law at the University of Essex and she holds a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Turin. During her studies, she participated in the Human Rights and Migration Law Clinic at the International University College of Turin (IUC) and has been working as a legal assistant in a reception centre for asylum seekers in Sicily.
She collaborated with the online newspapers Meltingpot and DirittiEuropa, producing Italian legal translations of the ECtHR case-law and of relevant articles on Migration and Asylum issues in Europe.
Sam Mottahedan is a legal caseworker at the AIRE Centre.
He graduated with a B.A in Modern History from the University of Oxford (Christ Church). He recently obtained a Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Law, with a view to progressing to become a barrister.
Before arriving at the AIRE Centre, he was an intern to the Executive Director of the International Bar Association and had also spent three months working with capital defence attorneys in Austin, Texas, on behalf of Amicus ALJ.
Alongside his work at the AIRE centre, he is also a Co-Director of Vocalise UK, a prison education programme administered by Gray's Inn.
He is fluent in French and English, and has a good knowledge of Farsi.
Jacintha is a legal caseworker at the AIRE Centre.
She has an LLB in Law with Legal Studies in Europe from the University of Reading, United Kingdom.
Her LLB included a year studying at the University of Lorraine, France. She has an LLM of European Law from the University of Maastricht, Netherlands. In 2016 she completed a traineeship at the European Parliament in the Legal Services Unit of Justice and Civil Liberties.
Jacintha is a native English speaker, with excellent French and Swedish and very good spoken German.
Poppy has studied Law at the Democritus University of Thrace in Greece and has been a Greek Qualified Lawyer since 2013. She has handled several legal cases, representing clients before national courts, offering legal advices and defending their rights and fundamental freedoms. She supports the provision of accessible legal services to all individuals regardless of their status, their age and nationality. She has also been a volunteer member-lawyer of the Bar Association of Thessaloniki for pro bono cases since 2015 as an effort to contribute positively to her society.
Poppy is extremely conscious of Refugees’ issues and acted as a volunteer member of the Commission of Human Rights and Immigration Issues of the Bar Association of Thessaloniki (NGO). Throughout July 2016 she was assisting to the recording of refugees in the camps in Thessaloniki acting according to the law of data protection. She further developed her understanding about human rights issues through the attending of an e-course about International Human Rights (University of Louvain, Belgium) and through her participation to a summer school convened by UNESCO Chair about the protection of Human Rights in Europe with emphasis on the rights of Refugees.
She speaks fluent Greek, English and basic German.