Ms. Kuba has worked at the Panel since January 2014, first as junior professional officer and, starting in January 2016, as an operations officer. In her new role, she will assist in researching, assessing, analyzing, investigating and preparing the required documents and case material through the different phases of the Inspection Panel’s work and take the lead on behalf of the Secretariat for certain Panel cases. She will also offer expertise on social safeguards and policy, and provide legal rigor on all documents and reports prepared by the Panel.
Ms. Kuba completed her first law degree and a master’s degree in international development at the University of Vienna, Austria. She holds an LL.M. from Columbia University in New York, where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar. Ms. Kuba specialized in indigenous legal studies, law and development and human rights law. She is a New York-licensed lawyer. Prior to joining the Inspection Panel, Birgit gained experience at Human Rights Watch, the Citizens’ Service of the Austrian Constitutional Court, and Dorda Brugger Jordis Attorneys.