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EASO Monitor is one of the projects run by the Malta-based human rights NGO aditus foundation. aditus was established in early 2011 with the primary aim of monitoring, reporting & acting on the levels of access to human rights by individuals and groups.  

Together with working closely with several stakeholders, aditus is actively involved in a number of EU-funded projects with other local & European NGOs.

Within aditus, Dr. Neil Falzon (Director) is the organisation's lead coordinator. Neil coordinates the research, compilation & posting of all information. He is regularly supported by a number of valuable aditus interns.

For more information on aditus visit its site here.

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Blogger Profiles


Neil Falzon 

Neil Falzon graduated as a lawyer from the University of Malta in 2001.  He further specialised his studies by pursuing a Masters degree in Human Rights & Democratisation at the University of Malta & the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Sweden).


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In 2005 Neil was appointed Malta Liaison Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, following which he was given the post of Head of the Malta Office.  

During his years at the head of the UNHCR Malta Neil was responsible for the office’s overall protection strategy, primarily through monitoring the national asylum/migration situation in Malta with a view to guaranteeing a full respect for the rights of asylum-seekers and refugees.

Neil left UNHCR in 2009 & currently practices as an independent human rights lawyer, offering legal services in a number of areas including asylum & migration, & LGBTI.  Neil is also regularly engaged as expert consultant in legal research projects by agencies such as UNHCR, the Council of Europe & other NGOs. 

Neil is also Visiting Assistant Lecturer at the University of Malta, where he lectures International Human Rights LawEU Migration & Asylum Law, & Contemporary Issues in Mediterranean Migration



Ejona Shehaj
EjonaComing from a Greek and Albanian background, Ejona is currently based in the Netherlands, where she is pursuing a LLM in European Law at Leiden University. As a high school graduate from Rhodes island in 2011, she independently pursued her Bachelors of Laws (LLB) at the University of Abertay Dundee, where she graduated in July 2015. During her final year, Ejona also completed part of her law degree in Sweden, at the University of Gothenburg, where she concentrated on International and European law.
As she was always internationally oriented, Ejona carried out a two-year internship at the International Office of her University in the UK and was also the President of the International Student Society, while simultaneously pursuing her law degree. After the internship Ejona became the Job-Shop Coordinator at the Career Development Centre at the Abertay University in Dundee. As the youngest professional of the institution, she mainly carried out employment research, produced statistics and held meetings with Students and Staff. In 2014 Ejona participated in an Erasmus internship in a Greek law firm, where she focused in various areas of law, including migration and asylum law.

Ejona is currently participating in a research group for Migration and Asylum law, run by Dr. Jorrit Rijpma at Leiden University, conducting advanced legal research.



Ingebjørg Thorbjørnsdatter Birkeland

InzyOriginally from Norway and currently living in the Netherlands, Ingebjørg has previously lived in Edinburgh, Scotland for many years and has previously had brief stints working in South Africa, Romania and the West Bank, Palestine.

After recently completing a Joint Honours LL.B in Law and Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh, Ingebjørg is now an LL.M student of European Law at Leiden University. Her undergraduate studies were largely centred on the legal framework of the European Union, with a particular focus on issues related to EU citizenship. During this time she also contributed to Edinburgh’s Leviathan Journal of politics and international relations, where she authored articles relating to intra-EU migration as well as common external migration policies of the EU.
Ingebjørg has also acted as project coordinator for the Buchanan Institute think-tank, where she co-authored a policy proposal presented to the Scottish Parliament regarding the improvement of support for women who have suffered sexual violence. At Leiden University, Ingebjørg is part of an extracurricular research group focusing on migration and asylum in the EU.



Geraldine Carey
GeraldineGeraldine Carey, a native of Ireland now living in the Netherlands, received an honours Bachelor of Civil Law degree from University College Cork in 2015 and is currently an LLM Candidate at Leiden University, specialising in European Law.

During her undergraduate, Geraldine was a regular contributor to the university newspaper, and involved in various societies such as the History Society and the Law Society. Geraldine took part in editing and publishing an Undergraduate History Journal in UCC and also, for two consecutive years was a member of the editing board for the student run Cork Online Law Review; first as a General Editor before being promoted to House Style Editor.

Alongside her studies, Geraldine worked part-time in the family business and, with a business partner, co-managed an initiative in her locality for teaching children, with the aim of developing creative skills in a fun environment.

Currently in Leiden University, Geraldine is involved in an extra-curricular research group on the subject of migration and asylum, under the supervision and guidance of Dr. Jorrit Rijpma.