Advocacy Director, European Union

Lotte Leicht, the European Union advocacy director and director of Human Rights Watch's Brussels Office since 1994, has specialized expertise in European advocacy. Leicht, a lawyer by training who specialized in international human rights and humanitarian law, frequently testifies before international intergovernmental organizations, has conducted human rights and humanitarian law investigations in various conflict zones and written extensively on human rights issues for major publications. She is the co-editor of Monitoring Human Rights in Europe: Comparing International Standards and Mechanisms. Before joining HRW, Leicht was program director of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights in Vienna and a staff member at the Danish Center for Human Rights. A law graduate from Copenhagen University, Leicht speaks English, Swedish, French, German, and Danish.