Our team is a mix between permanent staff and shorter-term volunteers. Our core staff are two full-time Greek asylum lawyers (one as legal coordinator), a legally-trained coordinator, Arabic and Farsi interpreters and a finance manager. In addition, our team includes up to six volunteer European asylum lawyers and two volunteer legal assistants. Each volunteer asylum lawyer stays for a minimum of three weeks and our volunteer legal assistants usually stay for a minimum of three months.
All of our volunteer lawyers are practising and experienced European asylum lawyers who are members of a European Bar Association or Law Society and have been identified through a rigorous application and selection process.
In total, our volunteers have contributed over 37,000 hours of voluntary work.
We have welcomed volunteer lawyers from Greece, France, Belgium, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Iceland, Lithuania, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Ireland, Poland and the United Kingdom. Each volunteer lawyer stays for a minimum of 3 weeks.
All our lawyers work on a pro bono basis and collaborate closely with their colleagues from the Greek Bar Associations. Where any litigation is required before a court or tribunal in Greece, contact is made with a Greek Bar or a member of the Greek bars.
We also have the following permanent team members:
Philip Worthington - Managing Director (firstname.lastname@example.org). Phil is the Managing Director of the European Lawyers in Lesvos. Having qualified as a lawyer and practised public law in London for six years, he came to Lesvos in January 2016, working initially as a volunteer and since June 2016 with the European Lawyers in Lesvos.
Chrysoula Archontaki - Legal Coordinator (email@example.com). Chrysoula is the Legal Coordinator of the European Lawyers in Lesvos. She is a dual-qualified Greek and Spanish asylum lawyer who volunteered with European Lawyers in Lesvos in 2016, before joining the team permanently as Legal Coordinator in 2017.
Vassilis Mamaloukas - Lawyer. Vassilis is an asylum lawyer in European Lawyers in Lesvos' team. He is a member of the Athens Bar Association and began volunteering for European Lawyers in Lesvos in November 2017. He joined the team permanently in January 2018.