Research Panel

The Legal Support Service administers a team of freelance legal researchers that can be called upon by our members for specialist research. If you would like to join the Research Panel, please contact legalsupportservice@matrixlaw.co.uk.

Alejandro Chehtman is currently Marie Curie Fellow at the Centre for International Courts and Tribunals, UCL. He is also Associate Professor of Law at the Law School of the University Torcuato Di Tella and a Member of the Argentine National Research Council (CONICET). He holds a BA from the University of Buenos Aires, and an MSc and PhD from the LSE. His main research areas are Public International Law, International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, with a special interest in theoretical issues. Alejandro has clerked at the Federal Appeals Chamber for Criminal Matters, and worked at the Public Defence Office in Buenos Aires. Alejandro was a Fellow at the Law Department at LSE between 2006-9, and Research Associate to the Centre for International Courts and Tribunals, at UCL, between 2008-11.

Veronika Fikfak is a Tutor in human rights law at Oxford University, where she is currently studying for a DPhil in international law. She has worked at the ECtHR and at the UN Office in Vienna. Her main interests are public international law and human rights.

Kate Fitzgerald is an Australian solicitor and has worked in London, the UN and an international NGO on various human rights issues. She currently holds a position on the employment and immigration team at Baker & McKenzie in Sydney.

Sanchita Hosali is a freelance legal researcher who specialises in public international law and human rights law. She has completed internships with the UN and the World Health Organisation.

Urfan Khaliq is Professor of Public International and European Laws at Cardiff University. He is the author of a number of articles in leading law journals, chapters in edited collections as well as a Ethical Foreign Policies of the European Union: A Legal Appraisal (CUP). He is an Advocate of the Punjab High Court, Pakistan and is part of various ongoing projects which seek to provide pro bono legal advice. He is also currently working with a major international NGO seeking to ensure certain groups of workers have their rights under international law enforced and advising a number of governments on aspects of international law and human rights. He routinely provides expert evidence before courts in his areas of expertise. He has also acted as an advisor to a number of other NGOs and bodies such as the European Commission on various matters.

Dr Debbie Sayers is a qualified solicitor from the UK with a Masters in Human Rights Law and a PhD in human rights and criminal justice in the EU. She has published work on serious crime, European criminal justice and human rights. She is currently working as Lead Expert with Nottingham University’s Human Rights Law Centre on an Access to Justice project for the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency. Her research interests are criminal law, human rights and public law, EU justice, home affairs law, disability rights and comparative criminal law. She is a co-founder and Executive Committee member of the Educational Rights Alliance and a Friend of Autistic Intelligence.

Felicity Szesnat has a PhD in Law from the University of Essex. She has worked on legal cases and issues in South Africa, the Fiji Islands and the UK. Her main areas of interest are public international law, especially international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law and international refugee law, and her publications reflect these interests.