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First Deputy Public Defender

First Deputy Public Defender

Natia Katsitadze


First Deputy Public Defender supervises the work of the following structural units at the Office of Public Defender of Georgia:
Department of Prevention and Monitoring, Department of Criminal Justice, Department of Civil, Political, Social, Economic and Cultural Rights, Department of Protection of Rights in Defence and Armed Forces, Department of Administration and Finance, Department of Chancellery and Human Resources, Department of International Relations and Communications and Regional Division.

Personal data
Born on 27 August, 1981, Tbilisi, Georgia

2006-2007 - LL.M in International Human Rights Law, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
2005-2006 – Diploma in Public International Law, Polish Government Scholarship Program, University of Wroclaw, Poland
1998-2003 – Faculty of International Law and International relations, Specialization in International Law, Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University

July 2016 – Present – First Deputy Public Defender
January 2015 – July 2016– Deputy Public Defender

Jul 2013 – Jan 2015 – Head of Justice Department, Office of Public Defener of Georgia
2009-2013 – NGO Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association, senior lawyer and project coordinator in the project of strategic litigation before the Europea Court of Human Rights. Represented tens of victims of 2008 Russia-Georgia war before the ECtHR. She was the representative of applicants in number of judgments/decisions delivered by the ECtHR against Georgia concerning right to fair trial, freedom of assembly and manifestations, rights of detainees/prisoners, right to respect private and family life
2009-2010 – Trainer, Legal Clinic Program/Practical Course in International Human Rights Law,
Caucasus School of Law
2008 – National Consultant for the UN Habitat representative in Georgia concerning IDPs’ property rights, restitution and resettlement issues
2007-2008 – Senior lawyer, strategic litigation before the European Court of Human Rights, OSJI Fellow, NGO Article 42 of the Constitution
2007-2008 – Strategic litigation before the European Court of Human Rights, Europe Program, International Centre for human rights protection (INTERIGHTS) and European Human Rights Advocacy Center (EHRAC)
2003-2005 – Strategic litigation lawyer, NGO Article 42 of the Constitution

Since Nov 2013 – Board member of Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association
Aug 2013 – The International Visitor Leaderhip Program (IVLP), US State Department
2011-2012 – Represented coalition of Georgian NGOs on the 10th and 11th Sessions of the Assembly of State Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC concerning the progress of investigation of crimes committed during 2008 Russia-Georgia war
Since 2010 – Participates in Georgia-Abkhaz and Georgian-Ossetioan people to people dialogue and peace-building projects within the framework of different national and international organizations
2008 – Successfully passed bar exam with general specialization (civil, administrative and criminal law), Georgian Bar Association

Online Article - Russian-Georgian war in 2008 and its consequences, Regional Dialogue, Caucasian House, co-author, May 2013
Article - Execution of European Court Judgments in Georgia – case of Klaus and Yuri Kiladze v. Georgia, GIZ, Tbilisi, September 2011
Article – The practice of plea bargaining in Georgia – violating the principles of a fair trial? EHRAC winter bulletin, 2008

2007 - Independence and Impartiality of tribunal under the 1950 European Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and the 1966 UN Covenant on civil and Political Rights
2006 – Reservations on human rights treaties within the context of the 1950 European Convention for the Protection of Human rights and Fundamental Freedoms
2003 - Settlement of international disputes by peaceful means