Israel Butler is responsible for analysis and advocacy work on fundamental rights, justice, and home affairs inside the EU. His areas of focus include the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in the work of the EU institutions; EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights; media freedom; mental health; and drugs policy. He joined the Open Society Foundations in March 2012.
From 2009 to 2012 Butler was a Seconded National Expert with the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. As a researcher he authored and edited a wide range of publications on a variety of fundamental rights themes falling within the agency’s mandate. From 2005 he held a Lectureship at the Law School, Lancaster University, where he taught, researched, and supervised doctoral candidates in the area of EU Law and Human Rights Law. He continues to publish research on these issues in scientific journals. Butler has a PhD and LLM from the University of Nottingham, and a BA from the University of Cambridge. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and French.