LSTS, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE)
Marcus Michaelsen is a researcher in the Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) research group at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He holds a PhD in Media and Communication Studies from the University of Erfurt (Germany) and his research interests include digital technologies and political activism, authoritarianism, and media and politics in the Middle East. In 2018-19, Marcus was a Senior Information Controls Fellow with the Open Technology Fund. From 2014 until 2018 he has worked as a lecturer and researcher in the Political Science Department of the University of Amsterdam, primarily in the research project “Authoritarianism in a Global Age”.
York University Toronto (CA)
Petra Molnar is a lawyer and researcher at the Migration and Technology Monitor and the Refugee Law Lab, investigating the human rights impacts of migration management technologies.
Christophe qualified as an attorney in 1996 and completed his legal training with a Master in International Law (2006) and a Master in European Union Law (2020), both from the University of Brussels, where he is currently assistant chargé d’exercices in public international law. Christophe has extensive experience in litigating international extradition cases, including at Interpol or other international level, representing e.g. Julian Assange, the Catalan Govern in exile or President Rafael Correa and former members of his government or persecuted political groups.
Fundamental Rights Research Centre, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE)
Sibel Top is a PhD student at the law faculty (Fundamental rights center) and Institute for European Studies (Migration, Diversity and Justice cluster). Her research focuses on the legal relevance and actual application of the political offence exemption in European extradition law.
Human rights defender, Licensed Attorney in the State of New York (US)
Ms. Bota Jardemalie (Kazakhstan/Belgium) - a Kazakh human rights defender, licensed attorney in the State of New York and outspoken critic of the Kazakh regime, who was granted political asylum in Belgium in 2013. As a lawyer, she defends dissidents as well as opponents to the Kazakh regime. Bota also advocates for release of Kazakhstan’s political prisoners with various international political institutions. For years she has been facing continuous harassment by Kazakh authorities in an attempt to intimidate, silence, and punish her for her work as a lawyer, activist and human rights defender.