President and legal representative


Marc NEVE is a lawyer, specialized in criminal law and in particular in prison law, former President of Avocats sans frontières (ASF), member and Vice-President of the CPT, former President of the Prison Commission of the Ligue des droits humains (Belgium), Lecturer at the University of Liège and the University of Marseille-Aix-en-Provence, President of the Conseil central de surveillance pénitentiaire (Belgium), author of numerous publications on criminal law and prison law.


Krassimir KANEV

Krassimir KANEV is co-founder and director of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee. His organisation and himself took part in litigating the Neshkov judgment by representing one of the applicants and by submitting a third party opinion for the European Court of Human Rights. He has represented several prisoners before the Court, including in the cases of Dimcho Dimov v. Bulgaria, Palfreeman v. Bulgaria, M.G. v. Bulgaria, Kulinski and Sabev v. Bulgaria and others. He took part in the working group of the Ministry of Justice of Bulgaria for the reform of the legislation following the Neshkov judgment. He has visited more than 200 prisons and other places of detention in more than 20 countries of Europe, Middle East and Central Asia during monitoring missions.

Simon Creighton

Simon CREIGHTON is a solicitor and a founding partner at Bhatt Murphy Solicitors. He has practised in prison law since 1993 when he was appointed as the first solicitor to the Prisoners’ Advice Service. He was one of the first UK lawyers to specialise in this area and as well as conducting his own cases, through writing and education he has helped ensure that prison law is now seen as a distinct area of practice in its own right. He has particular specialism in life sentences, including whole life sentences and juveniles serving life sentences. Since 2020, Simon is also fee paid tribunal judge specialized on mental health issues.

General Secretary


Sofia CIUFFOLETTI, PhD in Constitutional Justice and Human Rights, is research fellow at the University of Florence and researcher in the Interuniversity Research Center L‘Altro diritto on Prison, Deviance, Marginality and Migration Governance ( . She is the coordinator of the Legal Clinic on the European Court of Human Rights system of Protection of Rights. She is President of L‘Altrodiritto, Italian NGO working in the field of prisoners‘ rights, antidiscrimination law and migration law.


Guillaume de LAGASNERIE

Guillaume de LAGASNERIE is a professional charter accountant and auditor and associate director of the auditing firm COGEED  in Paris.


Benoit DAVID

Benoit DAVID is a lawyer at the Paris Bar, President of the association Ban Public and board members of the association A3D, an association of lawyers for the defense of detainees‘ rights.


Julen FERNANDEZ CONTE is Delegate of the General Council of Spanish Lawyers in Brussels. There he is responsible for the permanent representation of the interests of Spanish Lawyers before the European Union. He is an expert of the Council of Europe for the HELP programme on Human Rights, an external project evaluator for the DG Justice of the European Commission, an assistant representative of the CGAE in the European civil and commercial judicial network and a member of the CCBE.

Christine GRAEBSCH

Christine GRAEBSCH is a lawyer and criminologist, professor of law at the social work department of the Dortmund University of Applied Science and arts since 2011. Her areas of specialization are criminal sanctions, prison and detention, migration law, criminology and offender rehabilitation. Christine is also head of the Prison Archive (Strafvollzugsarchiv) at the University, dedicated to research about prison law in action and about the experience of imprisonment, but also active in communicating with prisoners and answering their information requests. The Prison Archive is supported by the affiliates association “Verein Strafvollzugsarchiv e.V.” in Bremen, which she is member of. Since 2007, she is advising and representing clients on issues of mainly migration law, the execution of sentences, and prison law in a law firm together with Dr. Sven-U. Burkhardt, based in Dortmund.  Since 2016, she is the chairperson of the “Legal Clinic Dortmund e.V. (registered association)”.

Antonella Mascia

Antonella MASCIA is a lawyer at the Verona Bar (Italy). From 2003 to 2007 she worked at the European Court of Human Rights as a lawyer. From July 2007 to December 2009, she worked as a lawyer at the Directorate General of Human Rights of the Council of Europe. During this period she worked, inter alia, with the Secretariat of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT), then with the Criminal Division of the Directorate of Standard-setting Activities, following the work of the European Committee on Criminal Problems (CDPC) and the Criminal Cooperation Council (PC-CP). Since 2010, she have resumed her activity as a lawyer and has focused on the defence of fundamental rights. She has submitted numerous applications to the Court of Human Rights, including the case of Viola Marcello v. Italy (n. 2), decided by a judgment of 13 June 2019, concerning the incompressible life imprisonment in Italy (“ergastolo ostativo”).


Pascal MONTFORT is French magistrate, head of the Justice and Freedoms Unit at the French Defender of Rights.

Esther Pascual RODRIGUEZ

Esther Pascual RODRIGUEZ is a lawyer and doctor at the Complutense University of Madrid. Professor of numerous masters and university expert courses in criminal mediation, criminal law and penitentiary law. Lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Criminal mediator of the Association of Mediation and pacification of conflicts of Madrid and family mediator of AMIFAM. She has published extensively on restorative justice and mediation.