Lara is the lead Justice Advisor at ISSAT, providing advice and guidance in the area of security and justice sector reform. She undertakes missions in reform programme design, assessment and monitoring and evaluation, as well as facilitating training of the justice sector reform module in ISSAT’s many training courses. In addition, Lara is providing valuable assistance in increasing the breadth and depth of tools and resources highlighting the interdependence of the security and justice sectors.
Lara Deramaix has extensive experience on justice reform and access to justice programs in conflict affected states. She worked for more than 12 years at Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) where she designed, managed, monitored and evaluated programmes aiming at supporting the Rule of Law through Justice and Security Sector Reform. She coordinated programmes such as Mobile Courts(technical support to the judicial authority),Legal Clinics (setting- up of legal advice and referral system in partnership with local lawyers) and Capacity Building (judges and lawyers).
Ultimately in charge of identifying new contexts of intervention, she successfully launched new programmes for ASF in Chad, Tunisia, Morocco/Egypt and Asia (Myanmar). She previously practiced Law at the Brussels’ Bar Association, where she specialised in asylum procedures, immigration law, criminal law and human rights. She works in four languages and her field experience includes Burundi, Chad, DR Congo, East Timor, Israel/Palestine, Rwanda, Tunisia, Turkey and Zimbabwe.