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.