Natacha Kazatchkine is head of the EU internal policy team for the Open Society European Policy Institute, where she oversees policy development and EU advocacy. She is responsible for developing analysis and advocacy strategies on EU policies to protect and promote human rights and the rule of law within Europe. She joined the Open Society European Policy Institute in April 2015.
Before joining the Open Society Foundations, Kazatchkine was senior executive officer at the European Office of Amnesty International in Brussels, responsible for advocacy on EU internal human rights policy, justice, nondiscrimination, and security. From September 2013, she coordinated the Human Rights and Democracy Network’s working group on the EU’s internal human rights policy. She also worked for the European Parliament, drafting its 2012 report on the CIA rendition and secret detention programs in Europe.
Kazatchkine holds an MA in European law and criminal policy from Paris Sorbonne University and has held academic posts as a lecturer and researcher. She also worked as a legal adviser for asylum seekers in the United Kingdom and as program coordinator on prison reform in Africa at Penal Reform International.