Emma Lough

Programme Manager, Europe

Executive summary: Emma joined the Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2016 as Programme Manager for the UK and Europe, managing TrustLaw's network of NGOs, social enterprises and law firms across Europe.

Languages spoken: English English

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Emma joined the Thomson Reuters Foundation in December 2016 as Programme Manager for the UK and Europe. She leads TrustLaw’s strategy in the region to ensure social enterprises and non-government organisations have access to high quality free legal assistance, while spreading the practice of pro bono amongst leading law firms. She also oversees key relationships with social innovation leaders and advocacy organisations to develop strategic legal research programmes.

Before joining the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Emma was Legal Project Manager of the EEA Women in Prison and Detention Project at The AIRE Centre, a specialist NGO helping individuals to access their rights under European law. Emma is a qualified lawyer and experienced trainer in welfare, mental health and human rights law. Her previous pro bono work includes welfare rights advice for sex workers, trafficked women and victims of rape. She has also worked closely with victims of torture, death row inmates and individuals with severe mental health disorders.

Emma holds a Master’s in International Law and was selected as a UK delegate on the National Council for Voluntary Organisations’ 2015 Young Leadership Exchange Programme to Japan.

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