Focus

Adam oversees a diverse programme with four teams protecting human health and nature.

He supports the Harmful Chemicals Team in making sure EU law protects people and the planet from toxic substances. He supports the Fisheries Team in making sure the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy delivers on its promise to eliminate overfishing and illegal fishing. He supports the Plastics Team in using the law to make sure that companies that produce and rely on throwaway plastic bear its real costs, so we can end the plastic pollution crisis. And he supports the Sustainable Seafood team’s work with market actors and policy-makers to get illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing out of seafood supply chains.

Adam also sits on ClientEarth’s staff Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee and on the Operations Management Group.

Adam tries to bring his background in human rights and anti-discrimination to all the work he does.

Experience

Adam previously managed the legal practice at two NGOs: the European Roma Rights Centre and, before that, the AIRE Centre. He defended victims of human rights violations throughout Europe, particularly migrants and ethnic minorities. He has litigated before the European Court of Human Rights, UN treaty bodies, and national courts in twenty countries across Europe. Adam is currently on the board of two NGOs: the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (Belgium) and Focus on Labour Exploitation (UK).

Education

Adam holds an LLM from King’s College (University of London) and a JD from Columbia Law School (New York). He is a member of the New York State bar.

Before studying law, he received a diplôme d’études approfondies (Master of Advanced Study) from the University of Paris-IV (La Sorbonne), specialising in 18th-century French literature. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in history and literature. He speaks English, French, Spanish, Hungarian, and some Dutch.

The way we live doesn’t have to destroy life in our ocean or poison our bodies and environment. But we need systems change to stop mass extinction and deadly pollution. I work with brilliant, committed colleagues exposing threats to our health and to nature and making the case for change.