“At the heart of every public interest court case is an incredible person with a powerful story. The PILS Project and our members make space for those stories to finally be heard – and that is why I wanted to work here.”
Emma has over ten years of experience working in the busy communications offices of international human rights organisations. Before she joined PILS in November 2018, Emma was based in Brussels (with ILGA-Europe, the umbrella organisation for LGBTI activists in Europe and Central Asia), Budapest (with PILnet: the Global Network for Public Interest Law) and Dublin (at FLAC, the Free Legal Advice Centres).
The common thread running through all of these different organisations is their commitment to using the law as a tool to create positive social change.
As Senior Engagement Lead with PILS, Emma is responsible for leading the Project’s communications work to raise awareness of public interest litigation and its impact. In addition to this, she works with Maria (PILS Director) on fundraising applications, manages PILS events, assists with office management and initiatives designed to break down barriers that prevent people accessing justice.
She studied Economics, Politics and Law at Dublin City University and was awarded an LLM in Human Rights and Criminal Justice from Queen’s University Belfast. Emma was a founding member of the Repeal BXL campaign group and is a regular volunteer with Menstruation Matters (formerly The Homeless Period Belfast). As part of the Boardroom Apprentice Class of 2022, Emma undertook a 12-month placement with the board of the Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland.