Host Organisation: Family Rights Group 2022

Myriam Naoual

Briefly explain your most recent educational background and any work (paid or voluntary) you were doing before you began your Fellowship?

I studied International Relations in Geneva before moving to the UK to undertake an International Human Rights Law LLM degree at the University of Essex. I then decided to stay to do the GDL and the LPC so I could qualify as a solicitor. I have done internships at the World Organisation Against Torture, the United Nations Human Rights Office and a small NGO called Forum-Asia. After the GDL I worked as a paralegal at Suffolk Law Centre for 2 years. My most recent role was working as a family law paralegal for the law firm Prettys Solicitors.

Why did you want to apply for a Justice First Fellowship?

I am passionate about human rights and ensuring that disadvantaged and vulnerable groups have access to justice and representation. I first learned about Justice First Fellowship through a former colleague who was a trainee under the scheme, and she told me about the support and networking opportunities that Fellows have access to, and how it is all about creating a community of people who want to dedicate their career to increasing access to justice. I knew straight away that this would be the ideal scheme for me.

Complete the following sentence: ‘Outside of my legal interests, I enjoy…’

I enjoy baking, going to the gym, taking my dog on long walks and visiting new countries. I have also just been appointed as the youngest Trustee of Suffolk Law Centre.

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