Lawyering for human rights and social justice.
INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW
Preparing and filing applications before the European and other international bodies competent to address human rights violations; drafting reports submitted to regional and international organizations by trade unions and NGOs; alleging breaches of international law in national proceedings.
Providing legal assistance to individuals accused of crimes; assisting victims of crimes seeking remedies in court; assisting individuals subjects to extradition orders or other measures of international mutual assistance between States.
Assisting workers in individual or collective dispute resolution mechanisms and legal proceedings; drafting legal opinions and reports for trade unions and NGOs; advising on the strategic use of international labor law; representing international civil servants in employment disputes before the ILO Administrative Tribunal and the UN Dispute Tribunal (UNDT).
IMMIGRATION AND ASYLUM LAW
Assisting clients in removal proceedings and subject to administrative detention; preparing and filing asylum applications; preparing and submitting applications for temporary and permanent visas for study visits, family reunification, or employment.
Céline (she) intervenes mainly in proceedings involving labour and criminal law issues, as well as before international human rights bodies (UN mechanisms, European Court of Human Rights). Her areas of specialisation are the protection of workers' rights, freedom of association and equality and non-discrimination.
Before founding Peter & Moreau, Céline practised as a lawyer in Paris and San Francisco and worked for several years as an international civil servant for the International Labour Organisation.
In addition to her work as a lawyer, Céline is regularly commissioned as an expert by the International Labour Office to evaluate the compliance of national systems with international labour standards and to support the development of new international conventions.
She is a member of the Paris and California Bars, and is registered as a lawyer on the EU/EFTA list of the Geneva Bar Commission. She is also a member of the Committee of the Association of Progressive Lawyers (AJP), of the Geneva Bar Commission (ODAGE), of the Swiss Society of International Law and of the International Lawyers Assisting Workers Network (ILAW).
She practices in French, English and Spanish.
Olivier (he) acts before Swiss and foreign courts, mainly in the field of criminal law and public international law. Particularly experienced in the management of complex proceedings, he is specialized in extradition cases as well as in international proceedings. He regularly presents claims before United Nations mechanisms and other international bodies in order to assist human rights defenders and victims of torture or other ill-treatments.
His expertise in these areas has allowed him to obtain ten judgments in his clients’ favor by the European Court of Human Rights. He is currently involved in about fifteen other cases pending before this same Court or before United Nations committees.
Olivier is treasurer of the World Organisation Against Torture and alternate member of the Geneva Bar Committee.
He is also a member of the Association of Progressive Lawyers (AJP), the Geneva Bar Commission (ODAGE), the Swiss Society of Jurists, the Swiss Society of International Law and the Swiss Society of Criminal Law.
He practices in French, English, Spanish, Italian and Catalan.
Milena (she) specializes in criminal law, human rights law and immigration law. She represents clients primarily in Swiss criminal, civil and administrative tribunals. Before joining Peter Moreau, she obtained a Master’s degree in law from the Universities of Geneva and Toronto and a Certificate in Transnational Law from the University of Geneva. She completed her two-year traineeship in the Law Office of criminal defense attorneys Jean-Marie Crettaz and Arnaud Moutinot.
Actively engaged in the fight against discrimination and the protection of minority rights, Milena co-authored a legal brochure on LGBT+ rights, published by the University of Geneva in 2019. The same year, she co-organized the seminar "Addressing gender and discrimination in the teaching of the law” at the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva.
Milena is a member of the Swiss-French Network Gender, Law and Sexualities, the legal clinic for unaccompanied minors, the Association of Progressive Lawyers (AJP) and the Geneva Bar Commission (ODAGE).
She practices in French, English and Bulgarian.
Carlo (he) is an attorney licensed in Geneva who is committed to the defense of fundamental rights and international solidarity. He is a former activist in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa and has intervened regularly in Colombia, Palestine and Turkey.
Drawing on his extensive experience at the Interprofessional Union of Workers (SIT), Carlo is the current national president of the Swiss Tenants Association (ASLOCA). He is also an experienced federal parliamentarian and is currently a member of the Council of States (senator) of the Canton of Geneva, where he sits on the legal affairs and foreign affairs committees.
He practices in French, Italian and Spanish and speaks English and German.
Bénédict de Moerloose (he) engages principally in international law proceedings. His areas of specialization are international criminal law and international human rights law.
Prior to joining the firm, Bénédict headed the International Investigations and Litigation Program of the NGO TRIAL International for ten years, conducting investigations and filing complaints on the basis of universal jurisdiction against individuals and economic actors suspected of international crimes.
Bénédict holds an LLM from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London (SOAS) and a law degree from the University of Geneva.
In addition to his work as a lawyer, Bénédict is a consultant in the field of international criminal law, a member of the expert pool of Justice Rapid Response, and a member of the boards of elisa-asile and Turpial.
He practices in French, English and Spanish.
Valerie (she) holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a Master’s Degree in Public Law in French and German from the Universities of Geneva and Basel. During her studies, Valerie worked part time for law firms in Geneva and Ticino. After working as a lawyer at the Swiss trade union UNIA, she did her attorney traineeship at Peter & Moreau and became associate on 1 December 2021. Her main fields of interest are labor law and international law.
Valerie co-president of the Association of Progressive Lawyers (AJP) and participated in the establishment of the AJP Student Chapter. Valerie developed her competencies in human rights law through a wide variety of engagements, including her participation in the Law Clinic of the University of Geneva on LGBT+ rights, the organization of the Human Rights Film Festival of Lugano, interning with the World Organization against Torture (OMCT) and volunteering to teach Italian to asylum seekers.
She practices in French and Italian and speaks English, Spanish and German.
Emma (she) holds a Master's degree in International and European Law from the Universities of Geneva and Sydney. She completed her traineeship at Santamaria & Jakob Avocats and was admitted to the Geneva Bar in 2020.
Emma advises and represents clients in the fields of labour law (especially gender equality cases), immigration and asylum law, human rights law and public international law.
Prior to joining Peter & Moreau on February 1, 2022, Emma worked as a lawyer for the UNIA trade union, with a particular interest in issues of discrimination at work, mobbing and sexual harassment. She also gained experience in asylum law and international refugee law while defending asylum seekers turned away by the Australian government on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.
Emma is a member of the Association des Juristes Progressistes (AJP), the committee of the Democratic Lawyers of Switzerland (JDS/DJS), the Swiss Institute for Feminist and Gender Law Studies (FRI) and the Swiss League for Human Rights (LSDH).
Emma practices in French and English, and speaks German and Norwegian.
Nina (she) has a solid experience in criminal law acquired in the Geneva Court of Justice, where she worked as a law clerk for several years after obtaining her bar exam in the canton of Bern. She uses her expertise in complex and voluminous cases, as well as her ability to synthesise information, to advise and represent clients before the criminal courts, but also before the civil and administrative courts.
Particularly committed to women's rights*, Nina has been part of the collective created within the Judiciary for the feminist strike and participated to the organisation of a conference cycle on "Gender and Law" within the Association of Progressive Lawyers (AJP). Today, she continues her commitment as a guest member of the Committee of the Association for the Support of Victims of Domestic Violence (AVVEC).
Nina is a member of the Association of Progressive Lawyers (AJP) and of the Swiss Society of Criminal Law.
She practices in French, German and English.
Cansu (she) holds a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and a bilingual Master's degree in International and European Law (Geneva and Basel). During her Master's degree, she co-authored a brochure on the rights of unaccompanied young people for the Law Clinic programme of the University of Geneva.
In parallel to her studies, Cansu worked as a project associate at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) and performed legal work to combat human trafficking at the Centre Social Protestant (CSP) in the area of human trafficking. In 2021, she joined Peter & Moreau as a legal and administrative assistant. She began her lawyer traineeship in August 2022.
She speaks French, Turkish, English and German.
Samy (he) holds a Bachelor's degree in Law from the University of Lausanne and a Certificate in Transnational Law from the University of Geneva. He completed a Master of Law at the University of Zurich and spent his last semester at Sciences Po Paris. During his studies, he actively participated in "Moot Courts" in national and international law.
Before joining Peter & Moreau in February 2023 as a trainee lawyer, Samy did an internship at the Europe Division of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in Bern. He also volunteers as legal advisor in the International Human Rights Litigation team at Asylex, a Swiss NGO assisting asylum seekers.
He is a member of the Association des Juristes Progressistes (AJP).
He speaks French, Italian, German, English and Arabic (Tunisian dialect).
Anna (she) coordinates the administrative activities of the firm. She holds a License in International Relations from the Graduate Institute in Geneva and a License in Translation and Interpretation from the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. Prior to joining Peter Moreau, she worked for several years for the Geneva-based literary group Société de Lecture as an administrative assistant. Anna also worked as a translator for many institutions and film festivals, including the International Film Festival and Forum for Human Rights (Geneva FIFDH). In Barcelona, she worked for the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government) in the Unit in charge of the activities of the Catalan communities abroad, where she was in charge of an internship program.
Throughout her studies, she has developed a strong interest in human rights. She worked part-time as a guide for the United Nations Office in Geneva and interned with the Information, Coordination & Management Unit of the Special Procedures Division of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
She works in French, English, Spanish and Catalan.
Julie (she) is in charge of the daily administrative management. She holds a Bachelor in Sociology from the University of Geneva and is currently enrolled in a Master in Social Sciences at the University of Lausanne. She joined Peter Moreau when it was founded in 2020 and has been working with Olivier Peter since 2015.
Julie was engaged for a long time in the Geneva Section of the Swiss League of Human Rights. She is now active in several civil society groups dedicated to the defense of the rights of migrants, in particular unaccompanied minors. She is also an advocate for gender equality. As such, she is active in several feminist groups and speaks at public events on feminist struggles.
She works in French, English and German and speaks Italian.
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Peter & Moreau is a law firm based in Geneva (Switzerland) with secondary offices in Paris (France) that provides consulting and legal defense services.
Our firm assists a wide range of clients, including private entities and individuals, trade unions, NGOs, and International Organizations. For each case, we adopt a global approach and consider factors like communication and advocacy strategies as powerful leverages for the recognition of our clients’ rights.
As part of our consulting activities, we evaluate the legal compliance of our clients’ activities and support them in articulating sensitive public positionings. The firm also provides advice and training sessions on the strategic use of international law monitoring mechanisms, such as UN bodies and the European Court of Human Rights. In addition, Peter & Moreau’s attorneys regularly collaborate with International Organizations as external consultants on projects related to equality and non-discrimination, human trafficking and the protection of migrant workers.
In their judicial work, Peter & Moreau’s attorneys represent clients before Swiss courts, foreign tribunals and international jurisdictions. While we take on a wide variety of cases, our firm has acquired a specific expertise in assisting activists and human rights defenders.
Our firm has also developed a pro bono practice for cases in which impactful litigation is particularly needed. In this context, our efforts have yielded landmark decisions in areas such as the right to peaceful demonstration, non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and the protection of victims of human trafficking.
Peter & Moreau has a secondary office in Paris (France) and benefits from a strong network of trusted professionals in Switzerland and abroad.
We assist our clients in French, English, Italian, Spanish, Catalan and Bulgarian.