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Natasha Dobreva

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Natasha Dobreva is a member of the Sofia Bar Association (2007), specializing International Human Rights Law and the European Convention on Human Rights. She represents applicants before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg (ECtHR), where she won 15 case. Her notable cases are S.Z. v. Bulgaria; Y.T. c. Bulgarie; Savinobskih and others v. Russia. Y.T. is the first Bulgarian case in the ECtHR for the protection of the rights of transsexual person. It arises out of the refusal of a Bulgarian court to recognize the applicant’s new gender. Savinovskih concerns the right to family life of 2 minor children and their foster parent who is transsexual. In 2012 Mrs Dobreva wrote the first Bulgarian report on existing case law on claims for recognition of a new gender. She has represented 10 transsexual persons and 1 intersex person before the national courts, in gender reassignment cases, all of them successful. In 2016 Mrs Dobreva founded Law Office “Dobreva&Bekirska” specialized in Human Rights, based in Sofia, Bulgaria. Her relevant publications are:

February 2016, “First case of intersex person in Bulgaria for reassignment of his “official” sex” - author of an article in “Legal World” magazine, Bulgaria

August 2018, “The Human Rights Convention obliges us to regulate the proceedings for gender reassignment. Shell we denounce it!?” – author of an article in “DeFakto” magazine, Bulgaria

Do contact lawyer Dobreva with your legal queries and cases:



The Definition of Gender Must Save Lives, Not Win Votes

Last week, a public debate erupted again over the definition of gender requested by the Supreme Court of Cassation (SCC).

The Common Things Between The German Health Fund And a Judge From Sevlievo

The free movement of people and services in the European Union makes Europe even smaller by forcing a doctor from Frankfurt and a judge from Sevlievo to work together in the common interest of a Bulgarian citizen.

Sofia Municipality refused to issue a Certificate of Actual Cohabitation of Two Women

On International Women's Day, the Supreme Administrative Court of Bulgaria will sit in a case for registered partnership of two ladies. The applicants applied to the Sofia Municipality for a certificate that they were living in de facto cohabitation.