Venice Course Student Profiles

Religious Freedom and the Rights of Religious Minorities CLUSTER


Amur ALRASHDI (Oman)

  • Sultanate of Oman Bachelor Degree, Institute of Jurisprudence
  • Masters Degree in Theology, Al-albayt University
  • Director of Religious Affairs Department, Ministry of Religious Endowments and Islamic Affairs (Awqaf)
  • Lawyer-Khalifa Al Hinai Advocates and Legal Constituency


  • B.Sc. of Commerce & Business Administration, Helwan University (Egypt)
  • Head of Research Team & Assistant to the General Secretary-Egyptian Union of Human Rights Organization (EUHRO)
  • Human Rights Activist and researcher, El Kalema Human Rights Organization
  • Professional Papers on the Secular State and the Separation between Religion and the State

Christine BOBDA (Cameroon)

  • Diploma in Human Rights Field Training, University of Buea Cameroon
  • B.Sc.-Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Calabar Institute of Health
  • Social Worker/Human Rights Field Coordinator/Attending Medical Officer, Center for Economic and Social Rights
  • NGO

Francesca DE NICOLO (Italy)

  • International and Diplomatic Studies, University of Trieste
  • English Language Teacher
  • Internships:  Council of Europe in Strasbourg; Accademia Europeista del Friuli Venezia Giulia

Jasmin GOJANI (Croatia)

  • Graduated Lawyer at the Faculty of Law, University of Pristina (Kosovo)
  • Postgraduate specialized study in European Law, Law Faculty of Zagreb
  • Legal Officer, Municipal Court Pristina, Kosovo
  • Legal Officer, Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Mission in Kosovo

Søren Boas GULMANN (Denmark)

  • M.A. in European Studies, The College of Europe (Belgium)
  • M.Sc. in Political Science, University of Copenhagen
  • Lay Judge, Eastern High Court-Copenhagen
  • Consultant, Det Sociale Nevoerk-Copenhagen (mental health issues interest organization

Leonid ISSAEV (Russia)

  • Bachelor’s Degree, State University-Higher School of Economics, Department of Economics (Moscow-Russian Federation)
  • Masters Degree, Cairo University Department of Economics and Political Science
  • Lecturer, Department for World and Russian History-State University Higher School of Economics
  • Research Project Coordinator, Committee for Human Rights of the Russian Association of Political Science

Leila JALALI (Britain)

  • LLB (Hons)-Law and European Languages, University of the West of England
  • LLM-International Law, University of Nottingham
  • Civil Litigation, International Human Rights Law
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales
  • Member of the Institute of Translators and Interpreters

Zalla KHATTAK (Pakistan)

  • The Bachelor of Arts-Law and Social Work, Peshawar University (Pakistan)
  • Masters in Politics (specialization in International Relations), Jawaharlal Nehru University (India)
  • Research Associate, Delhi Policy Group (New Delhi)
  • Member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
  • Member of South Asians for Human Rights


  • Certificate, Training on the European Convention on Human Rights, The Council of Europe Information Bureau in Georgia
  • Certificate, 40th Annual Study Session in International and Comparative Human Rights Law, International Institute of Human Rights/Strasbourg, France
  • Faculty of Law Diploma with honors, Tbilisi State University
  • Prosecutor, Office of Chief Prosecutor of Georgia
  • Human Rights Protection Unit

Tomas LALIK (Slovakia)

  • Manager, Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Law
  • PhD, Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Law
  • Internship, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (Warsaw)
  • Researcher, Comenius University in Bratislava
  • Faculty of Law-Department of Constitutional Law

Christina MOORE (America)

  • Bachelor of Science-Mathematics, Otterbein College (Ohio)
  • Master of Laws LLM-Human Rights, University of Nottingham (UK)
  • Research on “the history of the law”, The Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law
  • Note Taker (for students with disabilities), University of Nottingham

Galina PENDECHUK (Russia)

  • Moscow State University of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Faculty of International Law
  • Moscow State University of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Institute of European Law
  • Trainee, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Department of European Cooperation, Council of Europe
  • Tutor, International Student Exchange Programs

Zara Rashid QURASHI (Britain)

  • Bachelor of Laws Degree (Honours), University of Birmingham
  • LLM-Human Rights, University of Nottingham
  • Numeracy and Literacy Teacher/Mentor, Aspire Learning Academy
  • Team Leader-Welcome Week International, University of Birmingham

Md. Mushfiqur RAHMAN (Bangladesh)

  • Higher Secondary Certificate, Notre Dame College (Bangladesh)
  • Bachelor of Laws LL.B. (Hons), BRAC University (Bangladesh)
  • BRAC University Dean’s Award for academic Excellence in Spring 2009 semester.
  • Certificate of Participation-Ninth Summer Course on International Law, Indian Society of International Law

Jacob VAN DEN BRINK (the Netherlands)

  • Bachelor’s Degree-History, Utrecht University
  • Bachelor’s Degree-Law, Utrecht University
  • Post Graduate Encyclopedia and Philosophy of Law, Leiden University
  • Research Fellow, Research Institute of the SGP

Mine YILDIRIM (Turkey)

  • B.A.-International Relations, Marmara University (Turkey)
  • Doctoral Candidate and Researcher, Abo Akademi University Institute for Human Rights (Finland)
  • Member of the Finnish Graduate School on Human Rights Research
  • Member of the Legal Committee of the Association of Protestant Churches in Turkey


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