AsyLex is a non-profit organization located in Switzerland providing legal advice to asylum seekers. It is our vision that any asylum seeker in Switzerland knows the basics of the asylum procedure, is aware of the criteria for asylum and has access to legal advice at any time.

For more information on the individuals and members of the AsyLex Advisory Council, the AsyLex Committee, the AsyLex Board and the different AsyLex Teams, as well as a list of the AsyLex Volunteers, see further below.


AsyLex is supported by various experts in the field of migration and asylum. Through the valuable support of these professionals, our volunteers always have the possibility to consult with an expert on difficult questions or cases.



Expert on Migration Law and International Human Rights Protection

Dr. iur. Fanny de Weck is a lawyer focusing on migration and criminal law working in Zurich. She has worked at the International Human Rights Unit at the Federal Office of Justice in Bern. In this context, she gained considerable experience regarding individual complaints procedures before the European Court of Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Committees in Geneva.



Expert on International Proceedings regarding Refugee Protection

Curtis Doebbler is an international human rights lawyer who, since 1988, has been representing individuals before international human rights bodies in Africa, Europe, the Americas and the United Nations. He has advised governments, including the Palestinian National Authority, and represented an extraordinary number of refugees and displaced persons in Africa. His publications include “United Kingdom Asylum Law in its European Context”, published by Platinum Press at the SOAS University of London. Furthermore, while currently on partial leave from the University of Makeni (Sierra Leone), Curtis Doebbler is an attorney at the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), the largest representative of asylum seekers in the United States.



Expert on Human Trafficking and Asylum

Dr. iur. Nula Frei works as a senior assistant at the Institute for European Law at the University of Fribourg. She was previously a research assistant at the Center for Migration Law and the Swiss Competence Centre for Human Rights at the University of Bern. She wrote her dissertation on the protection of human trafficking victims in asylum procedures. Additionally, she is the author of numerous publications on asylum and refugee law. She previously worked at the UNHCR office for Switzerland and Lichtenstein.


Expert on Human Rights Law

Prof. Dr. iur. Jörg Künzli is Professor for International Law at the University of Bern, mainly focusing on Human Rights on both national and international levels. Furthermore, he is the director of the Swiss Centre of Expertise in Human Rights (SCHR) and the Cluster Manager Police and Justice at the SCHR.




Expert on Rights of Migrants in a Vulnerable Situation

Since 1995, Jyothi Kanics has been active with NGOs and international organizations including UNHCR, UNICEF and Save the Children. She has been advocating for the rights of migrants in a vulnerable situation such as separated children, detained migrants, trafficked persons, undocumented migrants and stateless persons. She is currently finishing her PhD in Law at the University of Lucerne. She has a Masters in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford and a Masters in International Relations from Yale University. She provides expert advice to various NGOs and foundations. She is an active individual member and Advisory Committee member of the European Network on Statelessness in Switzerland. She is also an Associate Member of the NGO Child Circle, where she contributes to advocacy work at the European level.



Expert on the Dublin III Regulation

Expert on Asylum Law

Roman Schuler is an Attorney practising in Lucerne, specialising in migration law, human rights and criminal law. He regularly conducts proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights and the UN Committee Against Torture and publishes on migration law issues.



Ancien juge au Tribunal administratif fédéral

Walter Stöckli est ancien juge du Tribunal administratif fédéral suisse, il y évaluait les recours en matière de droit de l'asile. Auparavant, il a été juge et président de chambre à la Commission de recours en matière d'asile. Auparavant il a travaillé pour l'Organisation suisse d'aide aux réfugiés où il a créé le service d'aide juridique. Walter Stöckli a écrit de nombreux articles et publications au sujet du droit de l'asile et a été l'initiateur et l'éditeur de la revue ASYL.


Prof. Dr. iur. Francesco Maiani is associate professor of European Law at the University of Lausanne. He mainly focuses on the law of European integration, international human rights and refugee law, as well as EU migration law and policies. As an expert on the Dublin Regulation, Prof. Maiani wrote a report on the reform of the Dublin III Regulation for the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament as well as several articles and contributions on the topic.



Expert on Migration Law and Migration Criminal Law



Expert on migration law and international human rights procedures

Dr. iur. Marc Spescha is a lawyer focusing on migration law and migration criminal law in Zurich. Furthermore, he also teaches Swiss migration law at the University of Fribourg and has had several other teaching positions in various institutions. He also authored several published articles, mainly in the field of migration law.



Expert on child and refugee law and policy

Alexandra Dufresne is an American lawyer for refugees and children. In the U.S., she represented low-income refugees and immigrants detained by the Department of Homeland Security and taught Child Law, Refugee Law, and Immigration Law at Yale College. She also worked for many years as a lawyer at leading children's rights NGOs and on the Board of IRIS, a leading refugee resettlement NGO. She teaches Child Law at the University of Zurich and Anglo-American law at ZHAW, where she is currently writing a textbook on Anglo-American law. Alexandra Dufresne is also the Director of ZHAW's International NGO Law and Policy Project. She writes frequently about policy and political issues for U.S., European, and UK media. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Asylos and on the Advisory Committee of New Women Connectors.

Stephanie Motz is a lawyer from Zurich specializing in migration and criminal law as well as international human rights proceedings. She regularly conducts proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights and the UN Committees. She is an expert on asylum law for the Swiss Confederation's CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women) guidelines and drafts expert reports on the compatibility of Swiss asylum law with international human rights and refugee law standards for e.g. UNHCR. She teaches International Migration Law at the University of Lucerne.



AsyLex is supported by numerous personalities from civil society, culture, business and politics. Learn more about the members of our AsyLex Committee and their reasons for supporting us.



Politician (Liberal Party) and former public prosecutor

"Migrants are today the most vulnerable population, the most exposed to the abuses of all kind. The AsyLex commitment is of paramount importance because it reminds us that we are in a State of Law and that the Constitution prescribes to act with a “spirit of solidarity and openness to the world”."




"The West sets the world on fire and shuts its doors. Part of this inhuman and despicable strategy is that refugees do not even understand the asylum procedures and thus their already small chances and severely curtailed rights. Asylex makes an important contribution to rectifying this situation."



Member of the National Council, President BDP

"AsyLex represents the values of humanitarian Switzerland. I find it worthy of support that they carry out such qualified work with the help of over 50 dedicated volunteers - I wish the team much courage in the future!"



Member of the National Council (Social Democrats)

"80 million people worldwide are currently displaced and in search of protection. Those who have found their way to Switzerland face the next challenge: the Swiss asylum system. The legal advice and support that AsyLex offers free of charge to those affected in asylum proceedings is therefore extremely valuable and worthy of support."



Explorer, Doctor and Opinion Leader

"We live in a world where inequalities, in addition to being morally unacceptable, are also becoming a threat to security. This is why I admire the work of AsyLex. This highly motivated team of young volunteers is trying to make the impossible possible—to give access to free legal aid to the most disadvantaged people in our society."



Member of the National Council (Liberal Party)

"I believe it is important to support an association like AsyLex, as it helps people in very vulnerable situations who do not know how our institutions work and who find themselves powerless when faced with complex issues in a foreign language and environment. AsyLex offers them useful support to better understand the stakes of a complex and potentially impressive procedure. It is important that the asylum procedure allows for the most objective possible definition of who is entitled to international protection within the meaning of the 1951 Geneva Convention on Refugees."



Member of the Council of States (Green Party)

"At the end of the migratory journey, the asylum system is a new maze, through which it is essential to be able to defend oneself by asserting one's rights. AsyLex is an invaluable support for all legal questions on this road."



Lea Hungerbühler, President
Nathalie Vainio, Vice President
Livia Andermatt, Legal Advisor
Joanna Freiermuth, Legal Advisor
Jessica Gauch, Legal Advisor
Annette Hafner, Legal Advisor
Julie Frei, Legal Advisor AIG/Procedures
Regula Hungerbühler, Administration
Rabea Besch
Mei Yi Lew, Legal Advisor
Nina Lim, Legal Advisor
Leonie Haug, Legal Advisor Detention
Marcel Werdenberg, Finance
Adrian Zwicker, IT

Sharlene Westerwinter, HR





In the Family Team we are responsible for all questions related to family reunification. If you have family members (spouses, children, parents) who are still abroad or who do not have a Swiss residence permit yet, we are happy to support, answer your questions and/or help drafting a request or an appeal.

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The Detention & Criminal Law Team represents people who are in detention pending deportation. We appeal against detention orders or file applications for release from detention.  We also represent foreigners who have received a penalty order within the framework of the law on foreigners. If you know someone who is affected by this, or if you are in this situation yourself, please contact us!

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At the AIG / Asylum Procedure Team, we are responsible for tasks and questions concerning the asylum procedure as well as migration law. These tasks include requests for change of canton, appeals against negative asylum decisions and requests for change of permit. We are looking forward to help you in these matters!

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The social support and civil law team deals with side effects of the asylum procedure and difficulties during the integration in Switzerland.
In addition to general questions about dealing with authorities and about support services offered by civil society, we advise asylum seekers during and after their asylum procedure on social welfare matters and civil law (e.g. consumers rights) issues.

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The Dublin Team provides guidance to clients about the Dublin-III-Regulation, which decides which member state is responsible to examine the asylum application. We review and assess Dublin decisions by SEM, we check whether family members in other Dublin countries are allowed to be reunited with the person in Switzerland and support with the reunification. We also calculate Dublin-III-deadlines (particularly the deadline for Switzerland to return a person to another member state).

Besides this, we are of course happy to help you with any other question related to the Dublin-III-Regulation.

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The International Cooperation Team manages the international network of AsyLex. Through our membership in several international and European organisations, we are able to participate in the political development of asylum law. We further maintain AsyLex's network of partner organisations, which includes responding to requests and establishing contacts for people being deported from Switzerland. In addition, the international cooperation team includes Team Afghanistan, Team Greece, Team Italy and Team Lebanon.
Finally, we are responsible for humanitarian visas.

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The International Human Rights Litigation Team supports people who experienced serious human rights violations such as sexual gender-based violence (SGBV), torture, serious racial discrimination, as well as violations against children’s rights. We bring cases that have not been adequately assessed during the national asylum procedures to international instances such as CAT, CEDAW, CERD and CRC. In this way, we aim to prevent the removal of vulnerable people to their country of origin or a Dublin state, where they would be exposed to severe human rights violations again.

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AsyLex has various teams that handle the daily business of running the organization, such as Administration & IT, Translations, Finance & Fundraising, Knowhow & Training, HR & Mental Health, Social Media, Public Relations, Legal Tech, Financial Inclusion, etc. All these teams and volunteers contribute in various important ways to the daily operation of AsyLex and thereby to the support of asylum seekers in Switzerland and other countries.

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The Office Team is responsible for the smooth operation of AsyLex and the coordination of all tasks and teams. Media and collaboration requests can be addressed directly to info@asylex.ch.



The team members of AsyLex stand up for refugees' rights every day:

  • Abdirisak Usman,Team Translation, Translator

  • Adnan Aljasem, Team Translation, Translator

  • Adrian Kadner-Graziano, Team Family, Legal Advisor

  • Aijan Muktar, Team AsyLex Global, Research Volunteer 

  • Albin Puthenpurackal, Team Family, Legal Advisor 

  • Alexandra Dufresne, External Specialist, Legal Advisor 

  • Aline Stössel, Team AsyLex Global, Research Volunteer 

  • Alper Canavci, Team Translation, Translator

  • Ambra Ostinelli, Team Social Support & Civil Law, Specialist

  • Amtul Mahmood, Team Detention & Criminal Law, Legal Advisor

  • Anja Vögele, Team Social Support & Civil Law, Legal Advisor

  • Anna Tervahartiala, Team AsyLex Global, Research Volunteer 

  • Anne Sophie Mazzoni, Team Dublin, Summer Intern

  • Annina Erni, Team Office, Summer Intern Refugee Law

  • Annina Wirz, Team Dublin, Legal Advisor

  • Arash Sawgand, Team Translation, Translator

  • Artemis Papavasileiou, External Specialist, Legal Advisor

  • Ashraf Hamza, Team Translation, Translator

  • Athanasia Paipai, Team International Cooperations, Legal Advisor 

  • Beatrice Borio, Team AIG & Procedure, Legal Advisor

  • Berivan Turan, Team Social Media, Specialist

  • Berfin Kara, Team Detention, Legal Advisor

  • Bigna Schall, Team AIG & Procedure, Legal Advisor

  • Camilla Dul, Team Detention & Criminal Law, Legal Advisor

  • Carina Waser, Team International Cooperation, Legal Advisor

  • Carole Ehretsmann, Team Detention & Criminal Law, Legal Advisor

  • Carolina Keller, Team Detention & Criminal Law, Legal Advisor

  • Caroline Widmer, Team International Cooperation, Co-Teamleader

  • Carry Tang, Team International Litigation, Intern

  • Catarina Cordeiro, Team International Cooperation, Legal Advisor

  • Charlotte Zosso, Team Dublin, Legal Advisor

  • Chantal Elson, Team AsyLex Global, Research Volunteer 

  • Chloé Smith, Team Litigation, Legal Advisor

  • Christian Jungen, Team Social Support & Civil Law, Legal Advisor

  • Christin Kunnathuparambil, Social Support & General Law, Legal Advisor 

  • Claire Dentand, Team Social Support & Civil Law, Legal Advisor

  • Cora Schmid, Team Criminal Law, Legal Advisor

  • Claire Lacour, Team AIG & Procedure, Legal Advisor

  • Corina Bucher, Team Office, Intern NGO Management & Operations

  • Daniel Gmür, Team Social Support & Civil Law, Co-Teamleader

  • Daniel Tsegay, Team Translation, Translator

  • Deaa Alhak Chaleh, Legal Tech & IT, Specialist

  • Didier Leyvraz, Team Family, Legal Advisor

  • Dina Khadum, Team Translation, Translator

  • Diyana Sharifi, Team International Cooperation, Legal Advisor

  • Dominic Ley, Team Family Reunification and Dublin, Legal Advisor 

  • Dua Sabah, Team International Cooperation, Specialist

  • Elena Liechti, Team Office, Head Detention & Dublin

  • Elena Stüssi, Team AIG & Procedure, Legal Advisor

  • Emirhan Darcan, Team Translation, Translator

  • Estelle Piccard, Team Office, Legal Counsel

  • Evin Onur, Team Social Support & Civil Law, Legal Advisor

  • Fabia Betschart, Team Operations, Specialist

  • Federica, Zürcher, Team AIG Procedures, Legal Advisor

  • Felicia Käslin, Team HR & Mental Health, Co-Teamleader

  • Felicia Pankratz, Team Dublin, Legal Advisor

  • Felix Gless, External Specialist, Specialist

  • Felix Hartner, Team Dublin, Legal Advisor

  • Firas Ismail, Team Translation, Translator

  • Giancarlo Zarotti, Team Social Support & Civil Law, Co-Teamleader

  • Gregory Stauffer, Team AIG & Procedure, Legal Advisor

  • Hafez Abou Alchamat, Team Translation, Translator

  • Hamdy Shaban, Team Translation, Translator

  • Hekmat Battman, Team Translation & Office, Operations Assistant

  • Hasan Dursun, Team Translation, Translator

  • Ilaria Moioli, Team International Cooperation, Legal Advisor

  • Isabela Keuschnigg, Team Detention & Criminal Law, Legal Advisor

  • Ivan Taranenko, Team Detention & Criminal Law, Legal Advisor

  • Jana Walder, Team International Cooperation, Legal Advisor

  • Janic Mäder, Team AIG & Procedure, Legal Advisor

  • Janira Bettosini, Team Detention & Criminal Law, Legal Advisor

  • Jeannine Boccali, Team AIG & Procedure, Legal Advisor

  • Jessica Gauch, Team AIG & Procedure, Co-Teamleader

  • Joanna Freiermuth, Team International Litigation, Co-Teamleader

  • Joëlle Spahni, Team Office, Head International 

  • Johanna Hug, Team Dublin, Legal Advisor

  • Jonas Reymond, Team AIG & Procedure, Legal Advisor

  • Josephine Modoux, Team Detention, Legal Advisor 

  • Julie Frei, Team Detention & Criminal Law, Co-Teamleader

  • Julie Frésard, Team Dublin, Legal Advisor

  • Kalliopi Karakaidou, External Specialist, Legal Advisor

  • Kathrin Oester, External Specialist, Specialist

  • Kevin Castelli, Team Detention & Criminal Law, Legal Advisor

  • Kevin Moersen, Team Social Support & Civil Law, Legal Advisor

  • Kokilarasa Saajiny, Team Translation, Translator

  • Lara Höft, Team Detention & Criminal Law, Legal Advisor

  • Laura Ablondi, Team Dublin, Legal Advisor

  • Laura Amez-Droz, Team Social Media, Content Creator

  • Laura Zanini, Team Detention & Criminal Law, Legal Advisor

  • Lea Hungerbühler, Team Office, President and Founder

  • Lea Keller, Team AIG & Procedure, Co-Teamleader

  • Lea Riedener, Team Office, Co-Head of Operations

  • Lena Portmann, Team Family, Legal Advisor

  • Leonie Uebersax, Team Social Support & Civil Law, Legal Advisor

  • Leonie Haug, Team Detention & Criminal Law, Legal Advisor

  • Leslie Becaud, Team Translation, Translator

  • Linda Bergauer, Team International Litigation, Co-Teamleader

  • Lisa Baruscotti, Team Detention & Criminal Law, Legal Advisor

  • Luana Neukomm, Team Criminal Law, Legal Advisor 

  • Lucas Leoni, Team Detention & Criminal Law, Legal Advisor

  • Luzia Neukomm, Team Criminal Law, Legal Advisor

  • Magda Koukoutsi, Team International Cooperation, Legal Advisor

  • Mahmoud Fadel, Team Translation, Translator

  • Marcel Werdenberg, Team Finance & Fundraising, Board Member

  • Marc Mischler, External Specialist, Legal Adivsor 

  • Maria Vorobyova, Team Translation, Translator

  • Marion Chautard, Team Family, Legal Advisor

  • Maryam Poopal, Team Translation, Translator

  • Matthias Stauffacher, Team Detention & Criminal Law, Legal Advisor

  • Mathilde Nunzi-Guerra, Team AsyLex Global, Research Volunteer 

  • Maximilian Schöller, Team Family, Legal Advisor

  • Mayra Salazar, Team Translation, Translator

  • Mei Yi Lew, Team Family, Co-Teamleader

  • Meret Hofer, Team Office, Co-Head of Operations

  • Michael Huber, Team Detention & Criminal Law, Legal Advisor

  • Michael Meidert, Team Legal Tech & IT, Intern

  • Michel Brülhart Team Office, Head Legal Advisory

  • Michèle Hurter, Team AIG & Procedure, Legal Advisor

  • Mike Schumacher, Team Social Support & Civil Law, Legal Advisor

  • Milena Kundert, Team AIG & Procedure, Legal Advisor

  • Misgna Batha, Team Translation, Translator

  • Muhammad Kazim Cakmak, Team Translation, Translator

  • Muhammad Ihtsham Hashmi, Team Legal Tech & IT, Specialist

  • Murat Yildirim, Team Translation, Translator

  • Nadja Löhrer, External Specialist, Specialist

  • Nathalie Guillet, Team Family, Legal Advisor

  • Nathalie Vainio, Team Dublin, Co-Teamleader

  • Niaz Mohammadi, Team Translation, Translator

  • Nicolas Berlinger, Team Translation, Co-Teamleader

  • Nicole Ahoya, Team Family, Legal Advisor

  • Nina Neiger, Team Detention & Criminal Law, Legal Advisor

  • Nora Wey, Team Family, Legal Advisor

  • Orianna Haldimann, Team Detention & Criminal Law, Legal Advisor

  • Ozan Yildirim, Team Detention, Legal Advisor

  • Pascal Kamber, Team Criminal Law, Legal Advisor

  • Patricia Kaiser, Team Detention & Criminal Law, Legal Advisor

  • Patricia von Weissenfluh, Team Social Media, Co-Teamleader

  • Patrizia Birchler, Team AIG & Procedure, Legal Advisor

  • Pierrin Raheb, Team Translation, Translator

  • Rabea Besch, Team Finance & Fundraising, Specialist

  • Rafael Haeseli, Team Dublin, Legal Advisor

  • Rahel Giudice, External Specialist, Specialist

  • Ratheeshan Gunaratnam, Team Dublin, Legal Advisor

  • Regula Hungerbühler, External Specialist, Board Member

  • Renata Durdevac, Team Translation, Translator

  • Rim Zaouia, External Specialist, Legal Adivsor

  • Robiel Mulubrhan, Team Translation, Translator

  • Sabine Frankhauser, Team Dublin, Legal Advisor

  • Sami Mahjoubi, Team International Litigation, Legal Advisor

  • Sandrine Wibin, Team Family, Legal Advisor

  • Sarah Mills, Team International Cooperation, External Specialist

  • Sarah Röthlisberger, Refugee Law Intern

  • Selina Neuhold, Team Detention, Legal Advisor

  • Sharlene Westerwinter, Team HR & Mental Health, Co-Teamleader

  • Sharon Stomeo, Team Dublin, Legal Advisor

  • Shiori Suzuki, Team AsyLex Global, Research Volunteer 

  • Shirin Kennedy, Team International Litigation, Legal Advisor

  • Simge Alabalik, Team Family, Legal Advisor 

  • Simon Cochrane, Team Detention, Legal Advisor 

  • Simone Blatter, Team Detention & Criminal Law, Legal Advisor

  • Sulamith Schmid, Team AsyLex Global, Intern 

  • Sumeje Alili, Team family, Legal Advisor 

  • Tana Ibarra, Team Detention & Criminal Law, Intern

  • Tanja Coskun-Ivanovic, External Specialist, Legal Advisor

  • Tiziana Pavone, Team Family, Legal Advisor

  • Ulrich Dällenbach, Team Social Support & Civil Law, Specialist

  • Ursina Goop, Team Detention, Summer Intern

  • Vanessa Aneas, Team Family, Legal Advisor

  • Viacheslav Godovskii, Team Translation, Translator

  • Viktoria Guido, External Specialist, Specialist

  • Viktoriya Gurash, Team International Litigation, Legal Advisor

  • Winter Bahar, Team Translation, Translator

  • Xenia Schlatter, AIG & Procedure, Legal Advisor

  • Yaqoob Attal, Team Translation, Translator

  • Yasin Sarwari, Team Translation, Translator

  • Yasmine Starein, Team AsyLex Global, Research Volunteer 

  • Yeabio Melake, Team Translation, Translator

  • Yeliz Demir, Team Dublin, Legal Advisor

  • Yoseph Endrias Lechebo, Team Translation, Translator

  • Zia Ensafi, Team Translation, Translator

  • Zuhir Shaker, Team Translation, Translator