Kersty McCourt is a human rights lawyer and advocate with extensive experience in human rights, justice reform and civil society programmes. She is an aluma of the European master's programme in Human Rights and Democratisation.
She is currently the Interim Europe and Central Asia Advocacy Director at Human Rights Watch. She is a lawyer and human rights professional with over eighteen years’ experience leading human rights, justice reform and civil society programmes. Kersty led a number of coalitions and from 2017-2020 was the co-chair of the Human Rights and Democracy Network in Brussels and for over 11 years was a Senior Advocacy Advisor with the Open Society Justice Initiative. Prior to that Kersty led access to justice programmes at the Danish Institute for Human Rights in Kigali and Copenhagen. Kersty qualified as a solicitor with Taylor Wessing Solicitors in London and is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales.