Kersty McCourt is a senior advocacy advisor with the Open Society Justice Initiative based in Brussels where she leads on a range of advocacy work related to access to justice, civic space, and counter-terrorism, and is part of the managing-troika of the Brussels-based Human Rights and Democracy Network. Previously, McCourt led the Justice Initiative’s advocacy on the Global Campaign for Pretrial Justice.
Prior to joining Open Society, McCourt worked with the Danish Institute for Human Rights. From 2008 to 2009, she was program manager in Copenhagen, Denmark, and from 2005 was the institute's head of mission in Rwanda managing a post-genocide justice program. McCourt qualified as a lawyer in the United Kingdom and worked for a number of NGOs in The Gambia, Kenya, and Namibia. McCourt holds a BSc (Hons) in biological sciences from Durham University, United Kingdom, a post graduate diploma in law from the College of Law, United Kingdom, and a European MA in human rights and democratization. She is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales.