Irmina Kotiuk

Irmina Kotiuk is a lawyer and women’s human rights activist. She graduated from the Law and Administration Faculty at the Warsaw University in 2004. In 2005-2006, she studied the European and international law at the University in Amsterdam and focused her M.A. thesis on the access to abortion as a medical service in the European Union. She is a graduate of the first Women’s Human Rights Training Institute organized by the Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation and the Center for Reproductive Rights and a fellow of the Network of East West Women Program in U.S.A. She was an intern in the Feminist Majority Foundation in 2004 where she assisted in preparations to the March for Women’s Life in Washington. In her professional work Irmina Kotiuk focuses on women’s and LGBTQ human rights. She collaborated with a numerous of Polish women’s NGOs such as the Nationwide Hotline for Victims of Domestic Violence “Blue Line”, the Federation for Women and Family Planning, the Polish Association for Legal Education, Feminoteka Foundation. She collaborated with the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights within the Program of Precedent Cases and represented Polish female complainants in the cases concerning reproductive rights brought to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg (P. and S. against Poland, R.R. against Poland). In 2008-2012, she worked in the Warsaw lawyer’s offices of the CMS Cameron McKenna (now CMS Tax.Law) and White & Case. She has been working now in the European Court for Human Rights in Strasbourg.