Firm Profile > Advokatfirmaet Hjort > Oslo, Norway

Advokatfirmaet Hjort
AKERSGATEN 51
PO BOX 471, SENTRUM
0105 OSLO
Norway

Employment Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Hjort’s employment practice is a ‘well-oiled machine’, which acts for notable clients in the energy, banking, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, education, technology and public sectors and also handles issues for senior executives; key examples include Statoil, Siemens and DNB Bank. The team also utilises the firm’s litigation strength to handle high-profile employment disputes; it recently represented the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in a sexual harassment case. Lars Styren heads up the department and joined from the NHO in early 2019, former practice head Einar Engh is a key contact for collective and individual employment law, Alex Borch focuses on litigation, and Claude Lenth handles non-compete restrictions, pension issues and data mandates. Managing partner Anne Marie Due also contributes to the practice and acts for public sector clients. The group also saw growth in early 2020 with the recruitment of Jens Kristian Johansen and Christopher Hansteen and other junior team members from Advokatfirmaet Grette AS. Jarl Borgvin Dørre joined Advokatfirmaet Lund & Co DA in mid-2019.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

They have unique competence in difference legal directions, and they understand the political frames for our branches.

Well-oiled machine with no hiccups. Everyone “speaks the same language” and, overall, it is very client-orientated firm.’

The law firm Hjort does a professional, thorough and brilliant job for our business.

Claude Lenth has worked with us for several years. He understands the complexity of our business and has great skills in laws regarding GDPR and the working environment.

For our part, our legal-rep was outstanding in every matter, always accessible, always responsive, not afraid to show “the lay of the land” and extremely good value for the money. Recommended!

Claude Lenth is an excellent lawyer who does not only guide clients on the legal requirements in Norway but also gives pragmatic and solution-oriented advice, which is what the client wants.

Key clients

Panalpina AS

TE Connectivity

DnB Asset Management AS

DnB Næringseiendom AS

Novo Nordisk

Ringnes AS

Statoil ASA

DNB Bank ASA

Norsk Hydro ASA

Siemens AS

Garantum Norge AS

Skanska Norge AS

Utleiecompagniet AS

Entreprenørservice AS

Agasti Holding ASA

Statskog SF, Statnett SF

Juristforbundet (The Norwegian Association of Lawyers)

Svensk Filmindustri Kino AS

Kunsthøgskolen I Oslo

Boreal Norge AS

Utleiemegleren AS

Espira Gruppen AS

Garmin

Samlerhuset Norge AS

Alexander Mann Solutions Ltd

Garantum Norge AS

NHO/Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise

RHI Normag AS

Gassnova

University College of Applied Sciences in Oslo and Akershus (Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus/HIOA),

Norwegian Soccer Coach Association

Norges Bank (The Central Bank of Norway)

Sparebanken Øst

Agder Energi AS

Asker kommune (Asker municipality)

Opplysningsvesenets fond

Hafslund ASA

Halden kommune (Halden municipality)

Star Autoco AS

TECE Norge AS

Maersk Drilling Norge AS

Samskip

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Alongside its notable civil litigation expertise, Advokatfirmaet Hjort is a key name in the market for criminal cases and regularly handles white-collar crime matters including tax evasion, corruption and insider trading work. The group is also recommended for professional liability issues; it recently acted for Sparebank 1 SR-Bank in a dispute against its former lawyers. Key contacts in the practice include Alex Borch, Frode Innjord and Kristin Veierød; Borch is singled out for his employment law expertise; Innjord handles civil litigation and Veierød is an expert in claims in the electronic communication field. Clients also praise managing partner and employment expert Anne Marie Due, and white-collar expert Nils Christian Langtvedt. Anders Myhre joined Advokatfirmaet Grette AS in 2020.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team knows our business well, and is able to counsel considering our business as a whole. The team responds rapidly with advice relevant to both our and the opposite party’s initiative. They staff the team with the necessary experts without overstaffing the team.

Key clients

Siemens

Nordox AS

GSE Design & Build

Kruse Smith Entreprenør AS

HAB Construction AS

Boreal Norge

DNB Bank AS

Stavanger Arbeiderparti

Karsten Moholt AS

Statoil ASA / Statoil Petroleum AS

ConocoPhilips Skandinavia AS

Statnett SF

Finnmarkseiendommen

Agder Energi Vannkraft AS

Telenor Norge AS / Telenor ASA

Rygge kommune

Electricity and renewable energy Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Hjort leverages its contentious strength to act in energy disputes; the team is also active in transactional work, particularly grid operations, and contractual issues, public procurement matters, security mandates and public law. The practice also has niche expertise in the reindeer industry and the rights of the Sami people as they relate to the development of energy projects in Northern Norway, and also advises on the digitalisation of the energy sector and the expropriation of land for power projects. Kristin Bjella heads up the practice, which also includes transactional experts Rolf Chr. Trolle Andersen and Jørn Uggerud, and digitalisation specialist Kristin Veierød.

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Testimonials

A firm with very skilled lawyers in the field of environment law with a very high service level and short response times.

Key clients

Agder Energi AS with subsidiaries: Agder Energi Vannkraft AS, Agder Energi Nett AS, Agder Energi Varme AS, LOS Energy

Statnett SF

Sogn og Fjordane Energi AS

Energiselskapet Hardanger, with subsidiaries Hardanger Energi AS; Hardanger Energi Nett AS and Hardanger Energi Montasje AS

Nord Pool AS

Gassnova SF

SFE Produksjon AS

SFE Nett AS

Mirova Eurofidem 4 S.L.P

Øyfjell Vindpark AS

NODES Markets and NODES Tech

Public procurement Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Hjort’s dedicated public procurement practice primarily handles advisory work for public authority clients, most notably in the aviation and transport sectors; key examples include Avinor and Avinor Flysikring. The group also assists various municipalities including Asker, Hobøl and Fredrikstad municipalities and acts for supplier side companies in the construction and healthcare sectors. Heddy Ludvigsen and Silje Grimseth Ullebust jointly lead the team, which recently defended Avinor in a dispute relating to damages following the loss of a contract and the alleged abuse of a dominant position.

Testimonials

The lawyers I have worked with have given good advice and have ensured quality in the work.

The attorneys are always attentive, prompt in the handling of cases and follow up closely. As examples of lawyers who are good at following up, I can mention Heddy Ludvigsen and Jørn Uggerud.’

Key clients

Avinor AS

Avinor Flysikring AS

Bodø Kirkelige Fellesråd

Asker Municipality

Hobøl Municipality

Fredrikstad Municipality

Agder Energi AS

Construction Tier 3

Liv Zimmerman leads the practice at Advokatfirmaet Hjort, which acts for its contractor client base in construction litigation. Noteworthy clients include KLP Eiendom, Skanska Norge, Peab and Kruse Smith. The team also assists with real estate transactions and construction projects and handles construction contracts. Zimmerman is an expert in planning and building law, and Frank Almås assists with litigation and contract work. Anders Myhre joined Advokatfirmaet Grette AS in 2020.

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Testimonials

The lawyers at Hjort understand our business and are able to look at legal problems from a broader perspective, considering all the possibilities when counselling us.

They respond rapidly and are accurate in their counselling. They are a resourceful legal firm and use their expertise in the areas that are needed.

Key clients

Avinor AS

KLP Eiendom AS

Peab AS

Malthus Uniteam AS

Skanska Norge AS

HAB Construction AS

Kruse Smith AS

Selvaag Bolig ASA

Technopolis AS

Risa AS

Midtre Romerike Avløpsselskap – MIRA IKS

SGP Finans AS

Verkis HF

Nyhavn Pluss AS

High Street Shopping AS

LPO Arkitekter AS

Asker municipality

Røa Utvikling AS

EU and competition Tier 3

Advokatfirmaet Hjort’s key areas of expertise encompass state aid work, procurement issues and free movement matters with particular experience in dominance-related mandates; the group also leverages the firm’s wider litigation strength to handle competition disputes. Monica Syrdal and Heddy Ludvigsen jointly lead the practice; Syrdal assists clients in the media and communications sector while Ludvigsen’s sector expertise spans the aviation, healthcare, fishery and public sectors. Kristin Veierød also contributes to the practice and acts for telecoms clients in abuse of dominance and pricing matters.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

The team is put together with regard to the issues to be addressed. There always seems to be relevant expertise available in the company. The lawyers are skilled and show interest in the issues. The pleasant and relaxed tone indicates a good working environment.

Kristin Veierød creates a good atmosphere in meetings and is good at communicating, even with the other party. In each case, she includes one or more attorneys who have expertise in the relevant areas. In EU and competition law, I have good experience with partner Heddy Ludvigsen.

Key clients

Telenor

Nordea

Agder Energi

Kabel Norge

Avinor AS

Avinor Flysikring AS

Gassnova SF

Asker Municipality

Fredrikstad Municipality

Intellectual property Tier 3

With ‘very strong litigation skills’, Advokatfirmaet Hjort’s contentious expertise encompasses copyright, trade mark, design and marketing law, and the team is increasingly active in patent cases. The group is also a key name for media and telecoms sector clients and counts Telenor, Kabel Norge and HBO Nordic as active clients. Monica Syrdal leads the department and is noted for her media copyright expertise. Other key names include litigators Rolf Chr. Trolle Andersen and newly promoted partner Nils Christian Langtvedt.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Very strong litigation skills and IP experience. Also amazing ability to deal with tight litigation deadlines.

Rolf Trolle Anderson has excellent communication skills and provides good strategic advice.

Nils Christian Langtvedt has excellent organisation skills and is good at dealing with large amounts of documents.

Key clients

Kabel Norge

Telenor including subsidiary Canal Digital

HBO Nordic

IdHair A/S

Asian Food Import AS

Avinor

MBrain

Oil States International

Samlerhuset Norge AS

TMT Tier 3

Advokatfirmaet Hjort leverages its strong litigation expertise to handle TMT disputes with notable expertise in the telecoms and media sectors; the practice also handles technology projects in the energy and telecoms sector and has in-depth knowledge of privacy regulations and personal data protection issues. Department head Kristin Veierød has notable knowledge of telecoms regulation and counts Telenor as a key client; and Monica Syrdal focuses on the media sector and acts for broadcasters and content distributors involved in traditional media platforms and online content distribution. Claude Lenth is recommended for data protection mandates.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

We work with Monica Syrdal, who is a very skilled lawyer in competition law and IP law. She has in depth knowledge within the TV and media business and is a very proactive and service-minded lawyer.

The company has a broad spectrum of competencies, thus they can put together a team or direct us to the “right” partner.

Fast, willing and able. All the partners we have worked with have met our expectations when it comes to quality and time. We are also pleased with their ability to communicate progress and track costs.

Key clients

Telenor ASA

Kabel Norge

Amnesty International

M-Brain  (previously Opoint)

Agder Energi Nett

Ruter AS

Norges televisjon AS

Viacom

Difa AS

Avinor AS/Avinor Flysikring AS

Colombus

NODES

Bookify

Espira Gruppen AS

Nasjonalt utviklingssenter for barn og unge (NUBU) “Norwegian Center for Child and Youth Behaviour”

Ringnes AS (part of Carlsberg Group)

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

At Advokatfirmaet Hjort, the practice has substantial experience in the energy and real estate sectors and assists with investigations, professional liability work and white-collar crime mandates alongside its traditional corporate and M&A advice. The group is also a key name in the market for public sector clients. Rolf Chr. Trolle Andersen and Jørn Uggerud jointly lead the group, and Morten Fjermeros and Sigve Braaten specialise in tax-related work. Thomas Alnæs joined in 2019 from Advokatfirmaet Grette AS.

Testimonials

Wide expertise within the unique competency areas, one person that always holds the project as a lead.

Key clients

Kamic Group AB

Agder Energi AS

Gassnova SF

Space Norway AS

VKR Group

Samlerhuset AS

Energiselskapet Hardanger AS

Telenor AS

International Corporate Art

KLP Eiendom AS

Metallco Holding AS

Real estate Tier 4

With substantial contentious real estate expertise, Advokatfirmaet Hjort also handles real estate transactions and construction projects. The team is particularly active for contractor clients and the firm’s wider client roster includes Avinor, Peab and Skanska Norge. Liv Zimmermann leads the group and is a specialist in planning and building law. The practice also fields expropriation specialist Frode Innjord, Sveinung Flaaten, who handles ground lease work; and Kristian Korsrud, who specialises in pollution liability matters and development projects. Anders Myhre joined Advokatfirmaet Grette AS in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Avinor AS

KLP Eiendom AS

Peab AS

Malthus Uniteam AS

Skanska Norge AS

HAB Construction AS

Kruse Smith AS

Selvaag Bolig ASA

Technopolis AS

Risa AS

Midtre Romerike Avløpsselskap – MIRA IKS

SGP Finans AS

Verkis HF

Nyhavn Pluss AS

High Street Shopping AS

LPO Arkitekter AS

Asker municipality

Røa Utvikling AS

Tax Tier 4

Morten Fjermeros and Sigve Braaten jointly lead the practice at Advokatfirmaet Hjort, which has expertise spanning corporate taxation, shareholder tax issues, energy tax, property tax, VAT work and other indirect taxes and customs charges. The group also utilises the firm’s litigation strength to handle tax disputes against the tax authorities. Thomas Alnæs recently joined from Advokatfirmaet Grette AS and has notable expertise in the technology sector.

Testimonials

Experienced both in material law and court litigation.

Compact team and very knowledgeable lawyers. Very skilled legal mindset within corporate law.

Morten Fjermeros has unique experience, both from the Ministry of Finance and many years of private practice. His competence is equal to an academic, but he is also very client oriented and delivers very good work.’

Sigve Braaten has a very commercial mindset. Combination of legal skills and commercial capabilities is excellent.’

Key clients

Norsk Hydro ASA

NHST Media Group AS

Asker municipality

Fredrikstad municipality

Ironstone AS

Mørk Engebretsen Invest AS

Asker og Bærums Budstikke AS

The firm was originally established in Oslo in 1893. The largest part of the firm’s business consists of advisory services and other legal assistance to companies, organisations and the public sector. In addition, the firm serves a number of private clients.

Our corporate clients are drawn from a variety of sectors and industries, and we are frequently retained by the country’s largest companies to represent their interests both in and out of court.

Additional Information

Contacts
Christian B. Hjort (Chairman)
Anne Marie Due (Managing Partner)
Christopher J Helgeby (General Manager)
Christian Grande (Head of Marketing)

A common thread throughout all of our practice areas is our strong and acknowledged litigation experience. Representing private individuals, public authorities and private businesses has been at the heart of Hjort’s business since the start. Accordingly, despite undertaking wide-ranging corporate and commercial assignments, Hjort still works extensively in the private client (family, inheritance and probate) and criminal-law sectors. Hjort’s lawyers regularly appear as publicly appointed defence counsel at all three court levels. No other commercial law firm in Norway has such a broad range of practice. We have a long tradition of representing individuals in human rights cases, and support a number of charities every year through direct financial support and/or pro bono work.

Our aim is to “reflect the society we are a part of”. Accordingly, we recruit on the basis of professional skill, personality and integrity, irrespective of gender. This is one reason for our longstanding high percentage of female lawyers and partners. We encourage our staff opportunities to participate in political life and to support the development of the law and healthy legal custom and usage. We do this by participating in various committees and commissions, publishing articles on legal topics, and authoring feature articles and comment pieces.

Eco-lighthouse certification
Hjort is Eco-lighthouse-certified (Miljøfyrtårn). This means that our business meets strict requirements related to waste disposal, sustainable purchasing, energy efficiency, HSE and the working environment. Eco-lighthouse is a national environmental certification system run by the Miljøfyrtårn Foundation. The foundation was established in 2003 by central undertakings from trade and industry and the public sector. More information about the Eco-lighthouse certification scheme can be found at www.eco-lighthouse.org.

Collaboration with Amnesty
Hjort has a long tradition of representing individuals in human rights cases. This is an important part of our history and our corporate social responsibility.

Hjort often supports charitable objectives and projects. In 2014, we entered into a collaboration agreement with Amnesty International Norway which we have renewed every year since then. Amnesty’s neutral political position and general advocacy for “freedom, equality and justice for all” coincide well with the lawyer’s fundamental task of promoting justice and preventing injustice, which lies at the heart of our firm. In 2019 and 2020, we are supporting Amnesty’s project focused on sustainability in supply chains.

Hjort and Amnesty also collaborate on internal and external seminars to promote greater awareness, understanding and knowledge of Amnesty’s human rights work.

Other Charitable Objectives
Hjort has supported the free legal advice service Advokatvakten for a number of years, and regularly makes financial contributions to initiatives and organisations such as the University of Oslo’s Human Rights Week, the Norwegian Association of Disabled People and the Norwegian Red Cross.

Department Name Email Telephone
Construction and Contract law Anders Myhre
Construction and Contract law Aslak Førde
Construction and Contract law Finn Magne Prydz
Construction and Contract law Frank Almås
Corporate investigation and inquiries Kristian Brandt
Corporate and M&A Rolf Trolle Andersen
Dispute resolution Alex Borch
Dispute resolution Frode A Innjord
Economic crime Christian B Hjort
Economic crime Henrik Boehlke
Economic crime Pål Sverre Hernæs
Economic crime Svein Holden
EU and competition Heddy Ludvigsen
Insolvency and corporate recovery Rolf Chr. Trolle Andersen
Intellectual property Monica Syrdal
IT and telecom Kristin Veierød
IT and telecom Eivind Grimsø Moe
Labour and employment Anne Marie Due
Labour and employment Einar Engh
Labour and employment Claude A Lenth
Labour and employment Jens Kristian Johansen
Labour and employment Lars Fredrik Styren
Media and protection of privacy Claude A Lenth
Media and protection of privacy Monica Syrdal
Pension Christopher Hansteen
Public procurement Silje Grimseth Ullebust
Renewable energy Kristin Bjella
Real estate and property Kristian Korsrud
Real estate and property Liv Zimmermann
Tax law Morten Fjermeros
Tax law Sigve Braaten
Transaction Jørn Uggerud
Transaction Nils Christian Langtvedt
Transaction Thomas Alnæs
Wills and probate Ramborg Elvebakk
Wills and probate Sicilie Tveøy
Wills and probate Lars Christensen
Photo Name Position Profile
 Arne Gunnar Aas  photo Arne Gunnar Aas As a Partner with admittance to the Norwegian Supreme Court, Arne Gunnar…
 Frank Almås  photo Frank Almås Frank Almås specialises in contract and construction law and litigation. He has…
 Thomas Alnæs  photo Thomas Alnæs Partner Thomas Alnæs works primarily with corporate advice, transactions and incentive-based transactions…
 Rolf Chr. Trolle Andersen  photo Rolf Chr. Trolle Andersen As a partner, with admittance to the Norwegian Supreme Court, Rolf Chr.…
 Kristin Bjella  photo Kristin Bjella Kristin Bjella is head of Hjort’s Energy and Environmental Law department. Bjella…
 Henrik Boehlke  photo Henrik Boehlke Henrik Boehlke  is a partner in Hjort’s Criminal Law department. Boehlke primarily…
 Alex Borch  photo Alex Borch Alex Borch is a partner in Hjort’s employment law department. Alex assists…
 Sigve Braaten  photo Sigve Braaten Sigve Braaten is a partner in Hjort’s transactions department. Sigve works with…
 Kristian Brandt  photo Kristian Brandt Kristian Brandt is a partner in Hjort’s Public Adminstration Law department. Brandt…
 Anne Marie Due  photo Anne Marie Due Anne Marie Due the managing partner at Hjort and a member of…
 Einar Engh  photo Einar Engh As a partner with admittance to the Norwegian Supreme Court, Einar Engh…
 Aslak Førde  photo Aslak Førde Partner, Aslak Førde, works primarily with legal issues relating to real estate…
 Morten Fjermeros  photo Morten Fjermeros Partmer, Morten Fjermeros, works mainly with transactions, tax law and dispute resolution…
 Sveinung O. Flaaten  photo Sveinung O. Flaaten As a partner with admittance to The Norwegian Supreme Court, Sveinung O.…
 Else Bugge Fougner  photo Else Bugge Fougner As a partner with admittance to the Norwegian Supreme Court, Else Bugge…
 Christopher Hansteen  photo Christopher Hansteen Partner Christopher Hansteen specialises in employment law, trade union law, civil servant…
 Pål Sverre Hernæs  photo Pål Sverre Hernæs Pål Sverre Hernæs is a partner in Hjort’s Criminal Law department and…
 Christian B. Hjort  photo Christian B. Hjort Christian B. Hjort is a partner in Hjort’s Criminal Law department. Hjort…
 Svein Holden  photo Svein Holden Svein Holden is a partner in Hjort’s Criminal Law department. Holden primarily…
 Frode A. Innjord  photo Frode A. Innjord As a partner with admittance to The Norwegian Supreme Court, Frode A.…
 Jens Kristian Johansen  photo Jens Kristian Johansen Partner Jens Kristian Johansen is a specialist in individual and collective employment…
 Kristian Korsrud  photo Kristian Korsrud As a partner with admittance to The Norwegian Supreme Court, Kristian Korsrud…
 Nils Christian Langtvedt photo Nils Christian Langtvedt Nils Christian Langtvedt is a partner in Hjort’s transactions and M&A department,…
 Claude A. Lenth  photo Claude A. Lenth Claude A. Lenth is a partner in Hjort’s Employment Law department. With…
 Heddy Ludvigsen  photo Heddy Ludvigsen Heddy Ludvigsen is a partner in Hjort’s European and competition law department.…
 Erling Olav Lyngtveit  photo Erling Olav Lyngtveit Partner – Admitted to the Supreme Court
 Eivind Grimsø Moe  photo Eivind Grimsø Moe Eivind Grimsø Moe is a partner in Hjort’s Communication, Media and Technology…
 Finn Magne Prydz  photo Finn Magne Prydz Finn Magne Prydz is a partner in Hjort’s real estate and construction…
 Monica Syrdal  photo Monica Syrdal Monica Syrdal is a member of Hjort’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications department.…
 Jørn A. Uggerud  photo Jørn A. Uggerud Partner, Jørn A. Uggerud, has more than 20 years’ of experience within…
 Silje Grimseth Ullebust  photo Silje Grimseth Ullebust Silje Grimseth Ullebust is a partner in Hjort’s Public Sector department. Ullebust…
 Kristin Veierød photo Kristin Veierød Kristin Veierød is head of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications and Public…
 Liv Zimmermann  photo Liv Zimmermann Liv Zimmermann heads Hjort’s real estate and construction law department, specialising in…
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Hjort | Diversity

Our aim is to be a reflection of our society. It is therefore we recruit on the basis of professional skill, personality and integrity, irrespective of gender and background. Our high percentage of female lawyers and partners sets us apart from many other law practices. We encourage our lawyers to engage themselves in politics and to support the development of legislation and proper law practices. We do this by participating in various committees and commissions, as well as publishing articles on legal topics and themes.

Brief facts:

  • One-third of our partners are women.
  • Since its establishment, the role of managing partner has always been held by a woman.
  • We also consider it important to have a diversity of types of assignments, clients and professional areas

Hjort | Environment

Hjort is Eco-lighthouse-certified (Miljøfyrtårn). This means that our business meets strict requirements related to waste disposal, sustainable purchasing, energy efficiency, HSE and the working environment. Eco-lighthouse is a national environmental certification system run by the Miljøfyrtårn Foundation. The foundation was established in 2003 by central undertakings from trade and industry and the public sector. More information about the Eco-lighthouse certification scheme can be found at www.eco-lighthouse.org.

Hjort | Amnesty

Hjort has a long tradition of representing individuals in human rights cases. This is an important part of our history and our corporate social responsibility.

Hjort often supports charitable objectives and projects. Since 2014, we have had a collaboration agreement with Amnesty International Norway. Amnesty’s neutral political position and general advocacy for “freedom, equality and justice for all” coincide well with the lawyer’s fundamental task of promoting justice and preventing injustice, which lies at the heart of our firm. In 2019 and 2020, we are supporting Amnesty’s project focused on sustainability in supply chains.

Hjort and Amnesty also collaborate on internal and external seminars to promote greater awareness, understanding and knowledge of Amnesty’s human rights work.