ANDREW IANUZZI – GD Investigations Coordinator
Andy began his legal career as a bankruptcy and intellectual-property litigator at a prominent New York commercial firm. After transitioning to the field of international criminal law, he defended clients in complex cases before UN-backed tribunals in Sierra Leone and Cambodia. As an independent legal consultant, he has advised individual and institutional clients on a number of human rights issues. With over ten years of international legal experience, Andy has conducted human rights investigations in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia, Cambodia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Burma. Over the years, he has established and maintained strong professional contacts in various high-risk environments. His experience encompasses due diligence, stakeholder engagement, risk-management analysis, and human-rights impact assessment. Andy is well positioned to advise and assist businesses with regard to respecting human rights—from broader policy perspectives to specific on-the-ground impacts.
Kristin is an American lawyer barred in New York and Illinois with experience practicing before U.S. and international courts. She specialises in international criminal law, human rights law, transitional justice, and strategic litigation. She serves as a senior legal consultant on a defence team at the UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia where she provides legal research and drafting and conducts complex evidence analysis. Previously, she served as the Program Director at the International Justice Project where she supported the representation of victims in the Darfur situation at the International Criminal Court, coordinated a network of non-governmental organisations working to meet the needs of Darfuri refugees; and conducted trainings on victims’ rights. Kristin was also an associate in the corporate and finance practice group at DLA Piper, LLP (US) in New York and in the commercial litigation practice group at Seyfarth Shaw, LLP in Chicago where she represented multi-national companies in complex commercial matters and maintained an active pro bono practice representing individuals seeking asylum for political-based and gender-based persecution. She received her bachelor’s degree from The University of Michigan and her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Ben specialises in international criminal law, international human rights law and rule of law development. As a practising barrister called to the Bar in 2010, he also appears as an advocate before the courts of England and Wales.
Ben is currently engaged as a Senior Legal Consultant for a defence team in Case 004 at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Between 2010-2015, he was a member of the defence team that represented the President of Kenya in the case of The Prosecutor v. Uhuru Kenyatta at the International Criminal Court. In addition to his expertise in international litigation, Ben also has significant experience conducting sensitive in-country investigations in hostile conditions. Ben has provided legal advice and assistance to clients in cases involving international human rights abuses. He has developed expertise in respect of a number of regional human rights tribunals, including the European Court of Human Rights, African Court and African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the Southern African Development Community Tribunal. Ben has also assisted with the development and implementation of rule of law projects in South East Asia, including those concerned with trial monitoring, freedom of expression protection and land rights.
Jessica is an Oxford and Sorbonne-educated French lawyer with experience before French and African criminal courts. She has worked for 8 years at a Paris-based law firm, Fischer, Tandeau de Marsac, Sur & Partners, specializing in complex national and international crime. Often in collaboration with the (then) President of the Paris Bar, Jessica has represented businesses, public enterprises, and individuals on a variety of cases ranging from white collar crime to war crimes. Her notable cases include: civil party lawyer in the Duch case before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia; civil party lawyer for Mrs. Arafat in the French investigation into the death of Yasser Arafat; civil party lawyer for the Cambodian opposition leader, Mr. Sam Rainsy, in the French investigation into an attempted assassination/grenade attack; defence counsel for Karim Wade, the former Senegalese Government Minister accused of international financial crimes and tried before Senegalese courts; defence counsel for a suspect charged with terrorist offences involving an international conspiracy in France, Tunisia and Netherlands.