Jago Russell to step down as Chief Executive of Fair Trials

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After 13 years, Jago Russell will be stepping down as the Chief Executive of Fair Trials.

During his time as Chief Executive, Jago has elevated the role that defending fair trial rights play in wider criminal justice reform, transforming Fair Trials into an international NGO that has contributed to the reform of failings in criminal justice systems around the world. He has overseen the organisation’s growth in size, reputation and impact, securing new EU-wide protections for fair trial rights and reforms to the global policing organisation INTERPOL. Thanks to his collaborative and comparative approach, Fair Trials brings an international perspective to criminal justice issues and is now a key player at the heart of a growing global movement for criminal justice reform.

Jago said:

“It has been a privilege to lead Fair Trials and a joy to work with so many amazing colleagues and partners across the globe. I want to thank them all for their support but, most importantly, for their incredible commitment and energy, which has been a constant source of inspiration. I will forever remain committed to this cause and look forward to continuing the fight for fair trials in my new role as a defence lawyer.”

The Chair of Fair Trials’ board, Eric Kolodner, said:

“On behalf of the trustees, I would like to thank Jago for his transformative leadership, which has made Fair Trials the successful campaigning organisation it is today.

“His dedication as a human rights advocate and commitment to fair trial rights has been evident throughout his 13 years at Chief Executive, and he leaves a legacy of which he should be proud.”

Jago is leaving to join the firm Boutique Law as a partner in the autumn.