The founder of ICLHR Initiative is Ilia Utmelidze. The founder acts in place of the supervisory board until the board is established.

Ilia Utmelidze is a Legal Adviser at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights and the Deputy Director of the Case Matrix Network. He has previously served as Legal Adviser in the Human Rights Department of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, advising on institution-building in areas such as domestic war crimes prosecution mechanisms (including the development of a national strategy for war crimes prosecution), specialized investigative commissions for Srebrenica and Sarajevo, and the establishment of a single state-level ombudsman institution (from 2004). He has also worked for the Norwegian Refugee Council in Azerbaijan with capacity building of local NGOs in the field of human rights protection and advocacy. He has also been a consultant on development of human rights education and peace programs within the educational system of Azerbaijan between 2001 and 2004. He worked for the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights on a minority policy and law research project between 2000 and 2001.













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