Tamar Dekanosidze

Human Rights Lawyer

Region(s): Asia, Balkans
Country of focus: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
Based in Tbilisi, Georgia

Tamar Dekanosidze (@TamarDekanosid1) is a human rights lawyer and the Eurasia Regional Representative at international women’s rights organization  Equality Now. She is an active voice in a movement to ensure women and girls live free from violence and discrimination in the former Soviet Union and can access justice for sexual and other forms of gender-based violence.

Based in her hometown of Tbilisi, Georgia, Tamar joined @EqualityNow in 2018. Previously she worked with the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association using strategic litigation to focus on women’s rights in Georgia, discrimination, health rights, and cases related to conflict between Georgia and Russia. She brought cases of femicide and gender-based violence before the European Court of Human Rights and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.

Tamar has worked around the world for more than a decade, from Georgia and Kosovo to the United Kingdom and the United States.

Among her contributions to Equality Now’s publications are Roadblocks to Justice: How the Law Is Failing Survivors of Sexual Violence in Eurasia; and the Sexual Violence Investigation and Prosecution Manual.

She has written widely on human rights in patient care, health rights, and gender-based violence, such as femicide, sexual violence, and forced marriage, non-discrimination, rights to remedy and reparations, and criminal justice responses to crimes against women. She is the Council of Europe expert and co-tutor of an online course launched in 2021 for court staff in Georgia on preventing and stopping violence against women and domestic violence.

Her writing has been published in Public Health Reviews, by the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association, the Academic Council on the United Nations System, and others. She co-authored studies with the Public Defender’s Office of Georgia on femicides, sexual violence, and sexual and reproductive rights and has worked as a consultant with the Council of Europe, UN Women, UN Population Fund, Chatham House, and other human rights groups.

Tamar has a B.A. in Law from Tbilisi State University and obtained her LLM in International Human Rights Law, with distinction, at the University of Essex. At time of writing in 2021, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Law at the Caucasus University in Tbilisi.