Senior Legal Advisor
Vanessa Leigh is a British-French legal and policy expert at Milieu where she started working in August 2009. At Milieu, she manages multi-country studies for projects with a specialisation for criminal justice, human rights and migration issues. Examples of studies include a project on forced marriage for the European Parliament LIBE Committee (October 2015-February 2016), and a study for the European Commission DG HOME on the analysis of case-law relating to trafficking in human beings (DG HOME, 2015). She has also conducted several evaluations of the UK Home Office Country of Origin reports, and an evaluation of projects funded by the European Integration Fund in France (DG HOME April-July 2016). She also manages Framework Contracts for DG Justice and DG HOME relating to legislative compliance assessment.
Vanessa works part time as a UNHCR assessor judge at the national appeal court in Paris (CNDA), hearing French asylum appeal cases (March 2016-present). In 2013, Vanessa carried out a six-month placement with Asylum Access Ecuador as a legal advocate in Quito, providing legal counsel to refugees and asylum-seekers on topics such as migratory status, access to rights and discrimination. She earned an LLB qualifying Law degree from the University of Warwick in 2007 and Lille II Droit et Santé, and an MA in European Affairs from Kings College London and the Institute of Political Sciences, Paris in 2008.
Languages: English, French and Spanish.