Legal advisor – Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights
Scholarship: Recent ECtHR Case Law in Family Matters (120D85)
Strasbourg, 13 – 14 February 2020
“I have gained knowledge on judgements of the European Court of Human Rights that I had not been familiar with before. I have also met professionals from other countries who work on similar topics, thus established useful international contacts.”
- Q & A with Milena Adamczewska-Stachura
What is your legal background, your current occupation and country of work?
I am a Legal Advisor at the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights, Equal Treatment Department in Warsaw, Poland.
How do you use European law in your current work?
In my daily work I am responsible for all the legal cases on LGBT and matters, including strategic litigation, on behalf of the Ombudsman. European law and standards and Court’s judgements serve as a point of reference in the advocacy work and in strategic litigation conducted by the Ombudsman. In the current political environment in my home country, where there is no political will to make necessary changes in the legislation, the role that jurisprudence plays in guaranteeing protection of private and family life of LGBT and citizens is crucial.
What was your motivation for attending this particular event?
I wanted to broaden my knowledge on law and legal standards which I are important in my daily work. The better my expertise the better the support our Office can provide to the LGBT+ community in Poland.
How did you benefit from the scholarship?
I have gained knowledge on judgements of the European Court of Human Rights that I had not been familiar with before. I have also met professionals from other countries who work on similar topics and was able to establish useful international contacts.