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Public Services, Politics & Social

Serena Ariello

Project Officer, European Lawyers in Lesvos



Serena is a Public International Law specialist from Italy. She has experience in international advocacy and legal research, with particular focus on refugee issues. She first joined European Lawyers in Lesvos in 2018 as a legal assistant.

Contribution to Legal Tech

Since 2019 she coordinates the Lesvos team as Project Officer. As part of the role and together with her colleague Anna Graff, she set up and implements BRYTER’s legal tech tool, which allows the organisation to be more efficient and increase its ability to provide legal support to more refugees.

ELIL is an NGO providing free, independent legal assistance to asylum seekers on the Greek islands of Lesvos and Samos. The organisation is committed to upholding the rule of law, protecting human rights and ensuring the asylum procedure is fair, efficient and robust. 

In Serena’s role as Project Officer, she set up the BRYTER app, which facilitates the collection of data and helps to streamline the legal registration process, and implements and trains the legal teams on Samos and Lesvos to use it and to appreciate its significant benefits. As a result, the organisation has noted a significant improvement in its operational ability, increasing efficiency at a time when many services were restricted due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Given the ongoing challenges of the context, Anna and Serena are continuously working on new tools to further improve ELIL’s legal services and support asylum seekers on the Greek islands.

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