Anna-Maria Kountouri is the Legal Officer at The HOME Project. In her role she has handled numerous cases of UAM, out of which many have been reunited with their families in Europe while others have been granted with asylum status.
She has worked as a Lawyer in one of the two accommodation shelters for UAM in Athens at the SOS Children’s Villages.
She has also volunteered for several NGOs, providing legal aid to UAM (e.g. Network for Children’s Rights, European Lawyers in Lesvos (ELIL), etc.)
In 2015 -2017, she worked in Brussels at the think-tank Wilfried Martens Centre for EU Studies and as an MEP assistant at the European Parliament, where she mainly handled issues of Civil Liberties, Justice & Home Affairs (LIBE), Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM).
Anna-Maria has been licensed to practice law before Greek Courts as of July 2013. She has worked in two law firms in Athens and her vocational practice took place close to M. Margaritis, Judge Emeritus of the Athens Supreme Court, whom she assisted in the research and registration of Greek Court cases violating human rights and in the daily paper “Kathimerini” on ECHR case-law publications.
She holds a Masters degree in EU Law and Human Rights (LLM) from the London Metropolitan University and her dissertation regarding the relation between the ECHR and the Charter of Fundamental Rights was awarded with a distinction. Her Bachelor of Laws (LLB) was completed at the University of Westminster.
Anna-Maria has been selected twice as a Social Impact Award finalist for the British Council Study UK Alumni Awards in Greece for her contributive legal work with UAM.