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Venla Stang

International Legal Associate

Venla Stang is an attorney admitted to practice in the State of New York and in Finland. At HRF, she provides legal representation to prisoners of conscience before the United Nations human rights mechanisms under HRF’s Impact Litigation Program. Prior to joining HRF, Venla worked as a District Prosecutor and as a Junior District Judge in Finland. As a prosecutor, she focused on serious transnational crimes, international judicial cooperation, and sexual violence. She has also worked as a Senior Specialist at the Ministry of Justice of Finland in the field of international legal assistance in criminal matters. At Eurojust, in the Netherlands, she coordinated the investigation and prosecution of the most serious transnational crimes within the European Union. Venla holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Turku, Finland, and a Master of Laws degree in International Law and Justice from Fordham University, NYC, where she graduated magna cum laude.