Manel Atserias Luque

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The following paragraph refers to my daily fight against the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). On 21 September 2016, I wrote:

«I am no longer afraid of you [referred to my OCD]. I want you to know that I am stronger than you can imagine. It is true that you have tortured me without any reason for a long time, and I do not have any problem to disclose it. Five years ago, you were about to defeat me, but in the end, God and the doctors were able to stop it. You deprived me of my freedom since I was six years old, and no one will be able to reimburse me all the hurt you caused…Your threats are continuous, but things have changed. After fighting a lot, I can already stand up to you. I know that it will not be easy, but I will recover that which you snatched from me: my freedom».

EDUCATION

POMPEU FABRA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW                                                                                                       September 2015- July 2018

Advanced Master’s in legal sciences (LLM)

  • Selected for participating in the Masters in Comparative, International and European Law (CIEL) at the University College Dublin Sutherland School of Law from September to December 2016.
  • Specialisation: Comparative Constitutional Law, European Union Law, and Human Rights (above all, issues regarding rights of persons with disabilities).
  • Master’s Thesis “Involuntary placement and involuntary treatment in the light of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” (in Catalan).

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN SUTHERLAND SCHOOL OF LAW                                                                                              Sept – Dec 2016

Master’s in Comparative, International and European Law (CIEL)

  • Was selected to participate in this academic programme.
  • Courses: Law of the European Convention on Human Rights, Law and Governance of the EU, and Victims.

POMPEU FABRA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW                                                                                                       September 2008- July 2014

Bachelor of Law

  • Mention: Private and Public Law.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

– INSTITUTO DE SALUD MENTAL DE LA ABOGACÍA – MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTE OF LEGAL PROFESSIONS  August 2017- Present

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT

– TOC 2.0 ASSOCIATION                                                                                                                                                                         March 2016- Present

LEGAL ADVISOR

  • Provide legal advice to members of TOC 2.0 Association who suffer Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

– CAMPUS GAUDEIX DEL BÀSQUET                                                                                                                                                      July 2011 – Present

LEGAL ADVISOR

  • Draft the rules of this organisation to guarantee the good functioning of the basketball training.

– CATALAN FEDERATION OF 1ST PERSON MENTAL HEALTH ORGANISATIONS                                                    November 2017 – July 2019

PROJECT TECHNICIAN & LEGAL ADVISOR

  • Created several short guides explaining how persons with mental health problems can claim their rights before different organisations.
  • Participated in the creation and development of the Rights Observatory on Mental Health of the Catalan Federation of 1st Person Mental Health Organizations (VEUS Federation).

#NOPAYNOCOACH CASE                                                                                                                                                    November 2014- August 2017

LAWYER

– MILBRAIT                                                                                                                                                                                   December 2016-March 2017

CO-FOUNDER,

  • Co-founded a non-partisan international platform which focuses on legal research (judicial interpretation, legal policy, private international law, legal marketing & communication, and legal culture), discussion on global challenges of the 21st century (economic and political governance, digital era, globalization, human rights, climate change, artificial life, and mental health), and its collaborators’ personal brand.

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

  • INTERNATIONAL OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER FOUNDATION – Boston, United States (2016-Present): advocate, speaker, and member
    • Participated in the XXIV Annual OCD Conference (Presentation: “Access to Proper Treatment: An International Perspective”) in San Francisco, United States from 7 to 9 July 2017.
  • IUSAPP – Barcelona, Spain (October 2013 – November 2014): member & editor
    • Participated in this legal research organisation, composed of law students and professors, which focused on analysing the civil and criminal law.
  • BOARD OF EDUCATION OF BARCELONA, Sants-Montjuïc District, and Anna Ravell School – Barcelona (November 2006- September 2008): elected member
    • Represented students from private and officially approved secondary or high school.