Voice of the Profession Session

Voice of the Profession Session

Wednesday 29 August (17:30-18:30)

Venue: The Egg – Rue Bara 175 - 1070 Brussels

“Regional Perspectives on International Standards
of Human Rights”

This prestigious session is organised each year by the AIJA Human Rights Committee and addresses societal challenges for the legal profession. The Voice of the Profession-session of the 2018 Annual Congress will take a closer look at the links between the theories of human rights on the one hand and the evolving practices of human rights in different parts of the world, on the other hand. With human rights specialized speakers, the session will provide an enriched learning experience about the challenges that advocates of the protection of human rights face, and the tools that they have, in respect of the transmission and implementation of international standards of human rights at regional levels.

Gülsüm Aslan Christian Presoly


Gülsüm Aslan, Loyens & Loeff N.V., The Netherlands
Christian Presoly, Attorney at Law, Liechtenstein

Keynote Speakers

Elisa Novic

Elisa Novic

International justice/Business & Human Rights Expert, Avocats Sans Frontieres, Belgium

Elisa Novic works as Transitional justice and Business & Human Rights Expert at Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF), a Brussels-based international NGO specialised in defending human rights and supporting justice.  She previously held the position of Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law in Heidelberg, Germany. She holds a PhD in international law from the European University Institute, and Masters degrees in International Relation and European Law from the University of Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Omar Massimo Hegazi

Omar Massimo Hegazi

Lawyer, Studio Legale Hegazi, Italy

Omar Hegazi is a lawyer based in Italy and specialised in legal assistance to Italian and foreign clients for immigration procedure and criminal defence. His areas of practice are Human Rights, Criminal Law, Restorative Justice, Foreign Trade Transaction, and Litigations.

Omar is also following the course Help 28 within the European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals initiated by the Council of Europe.

He has been contributing to A.I.G.A. (Italian Association of Young Lawyers) for several years. He is a Vice President officer and a member of AIJA (International Association of Young Lawyers) as well.

Michael Schoiswohl

Michael Schoiswohl

Deputy Director and Principal Legal Officer (international law), Department of Legal Affairs, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine and Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

Mr. Michael Schoiswohl is the Deputy Director and Principal Legal Officer (international law) at the Department of Legal Affairs of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine and Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

He has held various positions within the United Nations in the field of human rights, legal affairs, rule of law and development, including in conflict and post-conflict situations. His recent positions include work in Geneva as a Human Rights Advisor with the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations and with the United Nations Environment Programme. With UNDP, he worked on the constitution-making process in Afghanistan and served as Legal Officer at the United Mission Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. Previous positions include Lecturer and Researcher at the Vienna Institute of Public International Law, Legal Advisor to the Austrian General Settlement Fund for Victims of National Socialism, Legal Expert on legislative reform in the Republic of Serbia (denationalization of urban construction land) and various consultancies and research assignments in public international law, international human rights and rule of law related areas.

Michael graduated from Vienna Law School in 1998 and studied international law, with an emphasis on human rights, as a Fulbright scholar at NYU, where he obtained an LL.M. in 2000. In 2001 he completed his doctoral studies at the University of Vienna with distinction.  In pursuit of his interest in combining practice with academia, Mr. Schoiswohl has researched, lectured and published on various topics of international and human rights law. Publications include a monograph on the status and human rights obligations of non-recognized de facto regimes in international law (the case of Somaliland), entries in the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law and articles and contributions on the United Nations Human Rights Council, UN law as well as the rule of law in post-conflict peace-building. Mr. Schoiswohl participated in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court in 1997 and he has remained active as a coach and judge since then.

He is married and has three children.