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Margaux Bia

Lead Lawyer

Margaux Bia is a human rights lawyer at DLA Piper. She practices in the area of public international law and human rights with a particular focus on access to justice, the rights of displaced people and children’s rights at the European and international level.

Her clients include international and local NGOs, Universities and their law clinics, the UN agencies and the government, social entrepreneurs and institutions of developing countries.

Margaux is managing and developing key pro bono projects across Continental Europe to serve the unmet legal needs of the community. Her projects focus on the promotion of access to legal information, assistance and the representation of vulnerable groups such as asylum seekers, stateless people and refugees in domestic and European courts.

Professional QualificationsAvocat registered with the Ordre Francais des Avocats du Barreau de Bruxelles
  • King’s College University, London, Master of Laws (Distinction)

Prior Experience

Before joining the pro bono team, Margaux worked as a commercial lawyer for three years in Brussels.

Pro Bono Work

Margaux is an international lawyer who identifies new pro bono opportunities, launches and manages key pro bono projects such as:

  • The Samos Legal Center – a legal clinic set up in collaboration with Avocats Sans Frontières, France. In the clinic, based in Greece where DLA Piper lawyers assist asylum seekers with their immigration procedures, family reunification cases and requests before the European Court of Human Rights.
  • Know Your Rights – Margaux is coordinating the Know Your Rights Programme, a legal empowerment program designed for asylum seekers and refugees, in 10 European cities.
  • Training for NGOs lawyers – Margaux has conducted training for refugee lawyers on human rights instruments and the functioning of the ECtHR.
  • Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TRRC) in The Gambia – Margaux assisted the Ministry of Justice and UNICEF in the drafting of the Act establishing the TRRC and the representation of children in the transitional justice system.