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Christophe Marchand

Advisory Board Member

Christophe Marchand is a specialised criminal law attorney based in Brussels, Belgium. He deals with complex and international cases including money laundering, murder, human trafficking, drug trafficking, terrorism, international humanitarian law and extradition. He has expertise in human rights and terrorism issues, especially in North Africa. Christophe qualified as an attorney in 1996 and is a partner at the law firm Jus Cogens in Brussels.

He completed his legal training with a Masters in International Law at the University of Brussels (2006). He has written several articles on issues related to criminal law, international criminal law, human rights and terrorism.

Christophe is also a former member of the board of the Belgian “Ligue des Droits de l’Homme”, often represents the Belgian Bar Association to discuss new legal measures in criminal law at government or Parliament level, and is also involved in an important Belgian NGO (Centre d’Action Laïque) where he is the president of the drug policy reform group. Christophe has been Associate Researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Fundamental Rights and Constitutionalism) since 2012.

His involvement in the activities of FTI is guided by his interest in the high level seminaries in questions related to European Criminal Law and the exchange of information and know-how for (international) litigation.

Christophe’s work focuses on strategic litigation involving  collaboration with other lawyers, human rights NGOs and universities. He is a cooperative attorney at ECCHR (Berlin).

Christophe has been leading the defense team that gained the condemnation of Belgium in a steppingstone case related to the use of evidence obtained by torture in third parties to the European Convention on Human Rights (El Haski v/ Belgium, ECtHR, 25/09/2012).

With his partners in the law firm Juscogens, he also litigated and obtained the condemnation of Belgium (Court of Appeal Brussels, 9/9/2014), Morocco (UN Comity against Torture, 27/5/2014) and Spain (UN Human Rights Comity, 28/8/2014) in the case of Ali Aarrass, a Belgian-Moroccan national extradited illegally by Spain to Morocco, tortured by Morocco, and left in the Moroccan jails without consular assistance from the Belgian Embassy. He is currently a member of the defense team of Edward Snowden.

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