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.
Ben specialises in international criminal law, international human rights, extradition, complex financial crime and rule of law development. As a practising barrister called to the Bar in 2010, he appears as an advocate before the courts of England and Wales. Ben is currently seconded to the Crown Prosecution’s Extradition Unit as a Senior Crown Prosecutor. Prior to this, he worked with the Serious Fraud Office on prosecutions involving international fraud, bribery and corruption. He also acted as a Senior Legal Consultant for the Ao An defence team 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 complex international litigation, Ben also has significant experience conducting sensitive in-country investigations in hostile conditions. He has 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, 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.
Called to the Bar of England and Wales (1994), Nicholas specialises in international criminal law and projects involving security and justice reform in fragile or conflict-affected states. After practicing as a Barrister, Nicholas worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) as a judge’s advisor, and subsequently as defence counsel at the ICTY and International Criminal Court. Since 2003, he has advised or managed security and justice projects in Occupied Palestinian Territory, Somalia, the Balkans, and Pakistan. He has led the rule of law/justice sections of three EU Common Security and Defence Policy missions, managing teams and delivering a wide range of reform, including police-prosecution cooperation, legislative reform, and anti-corruption capacity-building.