Cécile Kazatchkine


Senior Policy Analyst

At the Legal Network, Cécile works on issues related to the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, drug policy, and privacy. She prepares interventions before Canadian courts and provides technical assistance internationally on issues related to HIV and human rights, especially in West Africa. She has led the development of two on-line resource kits on HIV criminalization — one geared to international defence lawyers and another to Canadian service providers. She is also a co-producer of the Legal Network documentary Positive Women: Exposing Injustice.

Previously, Cécile worked as counsel and litigator in several aspects of French and international private law. She was an intern at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Geneva and the Open Society Foundations’ Harm Reduction Program in Budapest, where she wrote a report on the risks of HIV transmission between people who use drugs and their sex partners in Eastern Europe, focusing on women who use drugs.

Cécile holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Private Law and a Master’s degree (Maîtrise) in English Law from University Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) with honours, a diploma in legal studies from Oxford University and a Master’s degree (Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies) in Public International Law and International Organizations from University Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I) also with honours. She also earned the Lawyer’s Vocational Qualifications through the Paris Court of Appeal’s school of professional training. She was called to the Paris Bar in 2007.

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