I am an immigration barrister. I am British/German dual national who speaks English, German and French fluently. I hold an LLM in International Human Rights Law from Essex University.
For the last 16 years I have represented UK citizens, migrants and refugees. Before that, I worked as Research Assistant to the UN Special Rapporteur on torture - my work included participating in fact finding missions, drawing Governments’ attention to serious human rights violations, and briefing civil society on how to better use UN human rights mechanisms. I was a ‘focal point for sexual orientation and gender identity’ at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, advised on resolutions, and briefed UN experts on LGBT rights. Whilst at the UN I co-founded a small voluntary NGO (International Research Centre on Social Minorities) which continued this work and held pioneering panels e.g. on LGBTQI youth, rainbow families and human rights violations faced by trans & intersex persons.
During my practice as a barrister, I continued to lobby UN bodies on issues such as refugee/migrant rights, statelessness, the right to health, child rights, stigmatisation and the rights of LGBTQI persons including in recent sessions.
I have always been interested in European politics ever since joining the German Green Party aged 16. In Germany, I was in charge of the Green Network (GNW) which organised political European Green youth camps for young Green activists from all over Europe. I have always felt extremely close to Green Party political objectives and joined my local Green Party in North Surrey in October 2018.
As a barrister, I regularly advise clients on EU law. I had the honour to contribute to Jean Lambert’s publication ‘Migration & Brexit’ and I was called to address the European Parliament on EU citizens’ rights after Brexit in 2017 & 2018 as an expert. I am often called upon by the media, including within Europe, to comment on topical cases/issues & legal developments.
I believe my expertise would assist the Green Party in the EP in important areas such as:
- the ongoing fight for the retention of European citizenship for UK nationals & EU/UK citizen rights (if Brexit proceeds)
- combatting erosion of political, civil, economic, social and cultural rights
- the urgent need to continue to advocate responsibility sharing to humanely deal with refugee movements
- the fight for gender and LGBT equality (including meaningful measures against domestic violence)
I passionately believe in the need for urgent measures to combat climate change, promote sustainable agriculture & environmental protection (fighting animal cruelty, fur farming, deforestation, fracking, single use plastics & the use of harmful pesticides).
Having seen the unprecedented damage that Brexit, negative propaganda and widespread ignorance of the EU has wrought on both EU & UK citizens, I believe stronger than ever in
- our responsibility to proactively support the European project
- bringing it and its actual purposes closer to the British public
- strenuously working towards representing the EU & EP as a voice for democratic representation and as a peace project.