Tanja is an Austrian lawyer who joined Milieu as a Legal Adviser in January 2017. Her areas of expertise include human rights, asylum and migration, as well as rule of law and justice issues.
As a consultant for the Open Society European Policy Institute and the Open Society Justice Initiative, Tanja recently carried out a research project on current legislation and practices in EU Member States regarding counterterrorism provisions on foreign terrorist fighters in light of the draft EU Directive on Combating Terrorism. During her experience with the International Commission of Jurists, she monitored EU legislative and policy developments, and was involved in advocacy initiatives towards the European institutions as well as in drafting third party interventions in cases pending before the European Court of Human Rights. In Austria, Tanja worked as a Legal Associate in the administrative judiciary for several years, where she dealt with appeals on refugee status determination and subsidiary protection claims, as well as with cases under the EU Dublin Regulation. In addition, she conducted a clerkship at the Vienna Court of Appeals in 2008/2009 and worked on treaty law matters at the UN Secretariat’s Office of Legal Affairs in New York. Tanja regularly participates in international election monitoring missions with the OSCE and the European Union.
Tanja Fachathaler obtained a law degree with a focus on public international law as well as an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Vienna. In 2015 she also earned a Master in Human Rights and Democratisation from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation in Venice. Tanja further complemented her education with various legal specialisation courses.
Languages: German, English, Spanish, French and Portuguese