Maxim Ferschtman is senior legal advisor on equality and citizenship with the Open Society Justice Initiative. His principal responsibility is the project to combat contemporary forms of discrimination in Europe. Based in Amsterdam, Ferschtman comes to the Open Society Justice Initiative from Böhler Franken Koppe Wijngaarden Advocaten, a law firm based in the Netherlands concentrating in criminal law, immigration law, and international law & human rights.
Ferschtman has brought a number of leading cases before the European Court of Human Rights, and has led trainings in international human rights law for attorneys and members of the judiciaries of Central and Eastern Europe, Georgia, Armenia, Russia, and the Netherlands. Ferschtman also serves as a substitute judge at the Zwolle-Lelystad district court in the Netherlands. Previously, he worked as a registry lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights and as a program officer at the Council of Europe for Human Rights Education and Democratic Citizenship.
Ferschtman graduated with masters degrees in international law and human rights law as well as Russian studies from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, where he subsequently lectured. He speaks Dutch, French, German, Russian, and English.