Kersty McCourt is senior advocacy advisor for the Global Campaign for Pretrial Justice, part of the Open Society Justice Initiative work on national criminal justice reform. Based in the Open Society European Policy Institute, McCourt previously worked with the Danish Institute for Human Rights. From 2008 to 2009, she was program manager in Copenhagen, Denmark, and managed projects on access to justice with a specific focus on legal aid, informal justice mechanisms, and justice sector reform in Sub-Saharan Africa.
From 2005 to 2007, she was stationed in Kigali, Rwanda, as the Head of Mission for the Danish Institute for Human Rights and managed all aspects of the Rwanda program that focused on access to justice in post conflict transition. McCourt holds a BSc Hons in Biological Sciences from Durham University, UK, a Post Graduate Diploma in Law from The College of Law, UK, and a European Masters in Human Rights and Democratization.