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Carolin Ott

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Carolin is a legal officer in the human rights department, working with Tessa Gregory and Tom Short. Carolin is a dual qualified lawyer, admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales and as an attorney to the New York State Bar. She has experience working on domestic and international human rights law cases. 

Her work currently focuses on judicial review challenges and claims under the Human Rights Act 1998, with a particular emphasis on social welfare. Her cases also include challenges to public bodies brought on behalf of victims of human trafficking and in the context of discrimination, national security and Brexit. 

Prior to joining Leigh Day, Carolin worked in the public law department of a large legal aid firm, where she worked primarily on asylum and human rights claims in an immigration context, acting frequently for vulnerable individuals including victims of human trafficking. She also worked for the Law Centres Network as an immigration advisor. Carolin is accredited as a Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme. 

Carolin graduated from the London School of Economics with a first class degree in law. Following her undergraduate degree she worked for the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia on the trial of Serbian war criminal Ratko Mladic. She subsequently completed a Master of Laws at Harvard Law School. 

Carolin has worked with a number of humanitarian organisations including PAX and the Public International Law Policy Group researching and advising on breaches of human rights and humanitarian law in the context of armed conflict as part of her work for the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic. She has also been involved in researching and writing on both public international law and public law issues, including as a Research Assistant to Harvard Professor Alex Whiting and Professors Maurice Sunkin and Andrew Le Sueur. In the past she has worked on issues concerning children’s rights in particular in the context of UN Treaty Bodies in her role at the Child Rights International Network. 

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