Natia katsitadze is Executive Director of Article 42 of the constitution.

Ms. Natia Katsitadze is the head of one of the leading human rights NGOs “Article 42 of the Constitution” since March 2018. Between 2015 and 2017 she held position of the First Deputy Public Defender (Ombudsman) of Georgia. In 2013-2014 she was the head of Justice Department at the Ombudsman Office. Between the period of 2004 and 2013 she worked for different human rights NGOs as a human rights strategic litigation lawyer and project coordinator. In 2008 she worked as a national consultant to the UN Habitat Representative in Georgia.

Ms. Katsitadze graduated from the Faculty of International Law at Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University in 2003 and holds an LL.M in Human Rights from the Central European University, 2007, (Budapest, Hungary). She holds Diploma in Public International Law from the University of Wroclaw, 2006, Poland.

Ms. Katsitadze has broad experience in the field of human rights protection and strategic litigation. Her field of expertise is rights of prisoners, conflict affected communities, fair trial rights and right to life and prohibition of torture and ill-treatment in the context of excessive use of force by state agents. She used to be the member of National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) between 2009 and 2012. Since the Russian-Georgian conflict in August 2008, she has been very closely working with the conflict affected communities on both sides of the conflict and represented them before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and the International Criminal Court. She has won more than ten cases before the ECtHR against Georgia. Besides being a human rights lawyer, since 2008 she is actively involved in different peacebuilding and conflict transformation/resolution initiatives and formats with Abkhaz and South Ossetian counterparts.

Devi Devdariani has been a financial manager of the Organization “Article 42 of the Constitution” since 2014.

Education:

1990-1996 Graduated from Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University Specializing in Engineering-Economical Faculty of Engineering and Economics.
From March to May 2012, was enrolled in a two-month course of International Accounting Standards and Tax Systems and Accounting Program "ORIS Accounting" at Accounting Training Center of the Federation of Professional Accountants and Auditors of Georgia.
On February 3-7, 2014, he successfully underwent USAID "Fast Financial Workshop".

Work experience:

2013 - 2014 years worked Ltd. "GLG-N GEORGIA" - the chief accountant.

2012 - 2015 was the Chief Accountant of sole proprietor "Spartak Lursmanashvili"

2009 -2012 was the director of "Norma Georgia" Ltd.

2008-2009 was Deputy Director of Solid-Group Ltd.

Technical skills

Languages - Georgian, Russian, English.

Mariami Chitishvili has been a PR officer at the Organization "Article 42 of the Constitution" since 2014.

Education:

In 2007-2009 she graduated from Ivane Javakhishvili State University, Master of International Relations.
In 2006 she also received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the same university.
In 2014 she underwent Public Relations Course at Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA).
In 2016-2017 she has received a certificate in sociology and public policy analysis.

Work experience:

Mariami Chitishvili has experience of working in both public and private sectors.

In 2003-2009 she worked as a journalist in newspapers as well as radio.

She still cooperates with some of the training centers and conducts public relations training courses.

Mariami Chitishvili was also a coordinator of the project "Know Your Rights" and organizer-trainer of the project "Elections - Equal Rights for All Voters".

Technical skills:

Languages - Georgian, Russian, English.

Rusudan Gortamashvili joined “Article 42 of the Constitution” in 2019 and has been working as an Administrative Assistant.

Education:

2010 - 2014 - Georgian-American University - BA of Law, Social Sciences and Diplomacy;
2014 - 2016 - Georgian-American University - Master of Social Sciences;

Trainings and certificates:

Juvenile Justice Reform in Georgia - Mediation and Debate (Unicef, Georgian American University, October 2012);
Training in Labor Law (New Vision University, December 2014).

Work experience:

2014 – 2019 – a lawyer at Professor Ferdinand Tavadze Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Studies LEPL;

Technical Skills:

Languages ​​- Georgian, English.

Since 2006 Anna Tvaradze works as a lawyer at the organization “Article 42 of the Constitution”.

Education:

2001- 2006 graduated from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Law, Master’s degree.

Work experience:

During this period she was a coordinator of various projects, and has worked on a number of resonant cases. She successfully worked on cases of August War and filed appeals to the European Court. It is also noteworthy that she has got pedagogic skills. She worked as an invited trainer and a project-trainer for many projects. She is currently working on the project ““For Women convicts who have experienced violence and discrimination and better service provision for their children”.

Technical Skills:

Languages ​​- Georgian, Russian, English

Rusudan Mchedlishvili has been working at the position of lawyer at "Article 42 of the Constitution" since 2004.

Education:

2000-2005 graduated Tbilisi State Institute of Business, Faculty of Law; academic degree equivalent to Master.
From 2017 to July 2018, Council of Europe Training Program (ILIA / HELP 2017) on the complaints criteria filed in the European Court of Human Rights. "International Law on the Protection of Public Interest" (ILIA Program).

Work experience:

Rusudan is mainly employed in civil and administrative law, although she has experience of working with strategic, constitutional and taxation proceedings.
From March 2014 till March 2018, she worked as a lawyer in the NED project of the Human Rights House Tbilisi, which provided support for activists expelled from Azerbaijan.
Since March 2019 she has been working as a Legal Consultant on the UNHCR project – “Protection and strengthening of refugees, persons with humanitarian status and asylum seekers in Georgia".
She co-authored:
"Procedures for granting refugee and humanitarian status";
Monitoring of the amount of money spent and mobilized for the elimination of damages caused by disaster in Tbilisi on 13-14 June 2015;
Research "Aggressive State Property Privatization Policy or “Georgian-style Privatization";
"Research on existing legislation and practices in business sphere"
"Use of preventive measures in criminal proceedings” - legislation and practice research;
“Research of Legislation and Practice in the Procedural Agreement in Criminal Procedure;"
Women's Legal Guide;
Report on  “Activities of the Constitutional Court of Georgia and the constitutional control in Georgia."

Technical Skills:

Languages ​​- Georgian, Russian

Elene Fileeva works as a lawyer at “Article 42 of the Constitution” since 2003.

Education:

1995-2000 -Graduated from Tbilisi University "Legia and Company”.
1995-2000 Graduated from Tbilisi University "Legia and Company", Faculty of Law, Academic Degree equal to Master.
November 2007 - September 2008 - Graduated from the “International Human Rights Course”, Helsinki Fund, Poland.
November 2011 - May, 2013, May - studied in “Women's Human Rights Program”, Bulgaria.
From 2011 till present she is a Doctor of Public Law in Caucasus School of Law.
September 2017- she did The European Programme for Human Rights Education (HELP) for Legal Professionals (ToT)

Work experience:

She worked as a co-coordinator, trainer and expert in many projects, including: Coordinator-lawyer of the International Law in Advocacy Program (ILIA) since June 2017. October-December 2018 - Lawyer in the project "Supporting Persons with Disabilities and Cases"; From July 2018 to July 2018, she worked as a lawyer in the project "Involvement of NGOs in the Criminal Justice Law Process". In 2016 - 2017, she was actively involved in the projects, including the ones of educational character, of the Human Rights House Tbilisi.

From February 2016 to March 2016, she worked on the PROLOG-funded project “Increasing access for women living in the regions” as a lawyer/trainer”. From January 2014 to January 2016 - USAID-funded project "Promotion of Elimination of Gender Discrimination" at the position of senior lawyer in strategic litigation.  2006- 2016 she worked as a project lawyer for "Strategic litigation in Georgia". From May 2012 to December 2013, UNDP's project "Promotion Strengthening of the State Coordinating Council for Persons with Disabilities" was appointed to the position of Expert. From June 2010 - April 2011, she worked as a Coordinator - Lawyer for the UN FOMA funded project "Elimination and Prevention of Domestic Violence". In 2009-2010, she was involved in the “Article 42 of the Constitution" and the Legal Clinic Program of the Caucasus School of Law as a trainer-lawyer.

She works in civil and administrative law, although she has experience in criminal justice and has filed numerous appeals to the European Court of Human Rights. She is the author of the appeal sent to the Committee on “Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women” (case of X and Y against Georgia)

At different times she was actively involved in a variety of judicial and election monitoring processes.

From January 2010 to March 2015, she was a member of the board of the organization, and from August 2014 to March 2015 served as a chairperson of the organization. Since 2014 she has been a member of the editorial board of the South Caucasus Legal Journal.

Technical Skills:

Languages - Russian, Georgian, English

Salome Robakidze is a Legal Consultant at “Article 42 of the Constitution” since March 2019.

Education:

In 2017-2018 he completed the research program of the Berlin Humboldt University, the Berlin Foundation Training Fund. In 2015-2016, she participated in the Robert Bosch Foundation's Good Governance Project (Good Governance 2015/16).

In 2012-2013 she completed the Civil Law Master Program of the University of Hamburg (LL.M.), DAAD Fellowship. In 2008-2010 she graduated from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University's Master Program in Private Law. In 2004-2008 she completed the Bachelor's Degree of the Faculty of Law at the same University.

Work experience:

Since March 2019, a legal consultant is in the project supported by UNHCR in Georgia "The protection and strengthening of refugees, persons with humanitarian status and asylum seekers in Georgia".
October 2010 - September 2012 Assistant to the Judge - Tbilisi City Court Civil Affairs Board.
January 2014 - September 2017 Assistant to the Judge - Tbilisi City Court Civil Affairs Board.
March 2016 - July 2016 - Practitioner in the German Parliament, Federal Bureau of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, within the German Parliamentary International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS).
February 2008-November 2008 - Assistant to Advocate/Legal Advisor at Georgian Young Lawyers' Association Legal Aid Service

Technical Skills:

Languages: Georgian, Russian, English and German.

Since January 2019, Ana Gudadze has been working in the framework of the project funded by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees “Protection and strengthening of refugees, humanitarian status and asylum seekers in Georgia" at “Article 42 of the Constitution”.

Education:

In 2018, she graduated from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Master's Program in Law and awarded Master's Degree with honors. That same year she enrolled in European University Viadrina in Germany where she studied the European system of human rights protection. In 2011-2015 she studied at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University Faculty of Law. She finished Georgian-American High School.

Work experience:

From January 2019 to the present day, Ana Gudadze has been working as a lawyer in a UNHCR-funded project “Protection and strengthening of refugees, humanitarian status and asylum seekers in Georgia" at “Article 42 of the Constitution”.
In 2017-2018, she served as a lawyer in civil and administrative law and cooperated with various private companies.
In 2013-2017 she worked as a lawyer and a specialist of International Projects Service of the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia and "Georgian Amelioration" LTD.
In 2015 she worked at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Bank Business Forum.

Additional Information:

Since 2018, she is a member of the Strengthening Women Network with the support of the Center for Progress and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Since 2017, she is a member of the Georgian Bar Association.
In 2017, the training of trainers organized by the Training Center of Justice Ministry of Justice of Georgia and within the framework of cooperation with the same center and Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University conducted trainings for citizens in different fields of law.
2016 fall term- led lessons on the law at Tbilisi Public School # 60.
She is the Co-author Assistant (Sergi Jorbenadze) on Media Law Textbook (Sergi Jorbenadze, Ushangi Bakadze, Zurab Macharadze, Tbilisi, 2014) and Comments on the Civil Code of Georgia (GIZ, USAID, PROLoG Cooperation, http://www.gccc.ge).

Technical skills:

Languages: Georgian, English, Russian.


Tamar Khidasheli has been working on the position of coordinator of the project: "Protection and strengthening of refugees, persons with humanitarian status and asylum seekers in Georgia" since March 2019 at “Article 42 of the Constitution”.

Education:

In 2001 she graduated from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Faculty of International Law and International Relations specializing in International Law. In the same year she was granted the qualification of a lawyer.
In 2006 she graduated from the University of Essex with MA in international human rights law studies and in 2007 was awarded a master's degree in international human rights law.

Work experience:

In 2015-2016 she was a Member of the 8th convocation of Parliament of Georgia. In 2013-2015 the Leader of the EU project "Support to the Public Defender's Office" team.
From 2011 to 2013 she worked as a coordinator of the UNDP "Access to Human Rights and Justice" Program Coordinator. In 2011 she was a short-term expert at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
In 2008-2010 she held the position of the Chairman of the Georgian Young Lawyers' Association.
In 2008, she was the OSCE long-term observer in Montenegro. In 2008 she worked as a lawyer for strategic litigation at the Georgian Young Lawyers Association.
In 2006-2007 he was a volunteer of the European Center for Human Rights. In 2003-2005 she worked as a project coordinator at the Georgian Young Lawyers Association.
In 2001 – 2002 she was a lawyer at the Adolescent Development Center.
Tamar Khidasheli is the founder of the Georgian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum and the first National Coordinator (2009-2011), member of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum Executive Committee (2009-2011), Member of the Pardoning Commission of the President of Georgia (2013-2015).