About us

We work with companies, investors, and industry associations to identify and address potential adverse human rights impacts using our ‘3-A’ approach: Assess, Advise, Act.

With our team of experienced international human rights lawyers and decades of experience in human rights compliance of state and non-state actors, we design and deliver an array of advisory services and training using creative and technologically innovative methods.

The Team

 

Wayne Jordash KC
Wayne Jordash KC
Managing Partner

Wayne is a British lawyer and has practiced for 20 years in the international human rights and humanitarian law fields. He has advised clients include governments, international organisations (e.g., the UN and the Council of Europe), NGO’s, corporations and individuals on their compliance with international human rights and humanitarian law. Representation has included advisory work in the global network of international tribunals, including at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the International Criminal Court [ICC], the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [ICTY], International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [ICTR], the Special Court for Sierra Leone [SCSL], as well as in the higher Courts of the United Kingdom. He is recognised in the Legal 500 UK 2017 as a Leading Queen Counsel and “one of the world’s leading international criminal lawyers”.

Wayne’s work has involved advising states (e.g., UK, The Netherlands, Ukrainian, Bangladeshi, Libyan, Serbian and Vietnamese governments), multi-lateral organisations (e.g., the UN, EU, Council of Europe), corporations and industry leaders, and civil society, providing a range of services to build monitoring, protective and preventative systems to ensure compliance with UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, (‘UNGPs’), international human rights (IHRL) and humanitarian law (IHL).

Wayne has over fifteen years experience working with corporations in conflict affected and high risk regions. He regularly conducts conflict analysis, leads teams of investigators as part of due diligence assessments for multi-national corporations and their supply chains, as well as designing and implementing stakeholder engagement, a variety of grievance mechanisms and remediation.

Recently, his advisory work has also included providing specialist IHL and IHRL legal advice to the UN (on liability of corporations engaged in reconstruction of Syria), Human Rights Watch (qualified privilege for human rights workers), the Ugandan judiciary (on the legality of amnesties in international law), the International Commission of Jurists (on the prospects of prosecuting a sitting head of state for alleged crimes against humanity) and the Ukrainian Office of the Prosecution on Environmental Crimes and conflict related sexual violence.

Lara Strangways
Lara Strangways
Head of Business and Human Rights Practice

Lara is the Head of Business and Human Rights and a Senior Legal Adviser at GRC. Lara is a business and human rights lawyer, with demonstrable experience in supporting industry bodies, CSOs and governments with mitigating human rights risks across global supply chains. She brings specific expertise in remediation, access to justice and protection of human rights defenders. In her role at GRC, she provides advisory services to international organizations, governments, and business on international humanitarian and international criminal law, with a focus on corporate accountability and remediation. Relevantly, she has authored a flagship report for Anti-Slavery international on best practice in providing access to remedy for migrant workers in global supply chains; delivered human rights impact assessments for a Fortune 500 international brand, including conducting a baseline risk assessment of in-country operations in a conflict-affected and high-risk area.

Andrés Zaragoza
Andrés Zaragoza
Extractives Sector Lead

Andrés Zaragoza is the Senior Legal Adviser and Extractive Sector Lead at BHRC. Andrés led International Service for Human Rights’ work on business and human rights since 2020, working with human rights defenders in advocacy at the UN and regional systems, providing training to NGOs and managing the Business Network for Civic Freedoms and Human Rights Defenders, where global companies and investors discuss the most pressing issues affecting civic space in weak governance and high-risk areas. Previously, Andrés worked at the World Economic Forum’s Global Battery Alliance, leading the work on critical minerals. He also worked at the International Peace Information Service, engaging local communities in DR-Congo and analysing the conflict dynamics linked to exploitation of critical minerals. Along his career, he has focused on the implementation of human rights due diligence along global supply chains and in high-risk areas. He also worked at the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers (ICoCA), a multi-stakeholder initiative involving private sector, States and NGOs in raising standards in the private security sector globally. Andrés holds a master’s degree on human rights from the University of Essex. He works in English, Spanish and French. His academic background is in law and business administration and management.

Pallavi Sharma
Pallavi Sharma
Agricultural Commodities Sector Lead

Pallavi Sharma is the Agricultural Commodities Sector Lead at Global Rights Compliance (GRC). She is a lawyer from India and brings a decade of experience in human rights and public policy. Previously, Pallavi worked with the International Labour Organization, on projects to enhance working conditions and labour rights in the agro-food sector, particularly in Indonesia’s palm oil and Malawi’s tobacco industries. She specializes in Business and Human Rights and International Labour Standards. Over the course of her career, she has overseen the implementation of multi-million-dollar projects in the agriculture sector, provided expert guidance to improve labour compliance, and supported government agencies and private sector stakeholders to promote workers’ rights. At GRC, Pallavi leads the initiatives to improve human and labour rights in the agricultural commodities sector, working closely with a range of private and public sector partners.

Grace Camara
Grace Camara
Garment and Apparel Sector Lead

Grace Camara is the Senior Legal Adviser and Garment and Apparel Sector Lead at BHRC. She is responsible for the coordination and implementation of projects with corporate clients in the garment and apparel sector. Grace is a UK-qualified lawyer with experience advising on a range of corporate accountability initiatives for non-profit organisations, including Oxfam and the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Grace has a master’s degree in law from SOAS and a diploma in International Trade and Development from the Graduate Institute of Geneva.

Laura-Lou Moreau
Laura-Lou Moreau
Forced Labour & Critical Minerals Project Director

Laura-Lou Moreau is the Forced Labour & Critical Minerals Project Director at BHRC. Since 2013, she has been working in the fields of international criminal law, human rights law, corporate accountability, transitional justice and sexual and gender-based violence. Laura-Lou is also a Senior Legal Counsel in the Banking & Atrocity Crimes practice group at Lex Collective (formerly named Global Diligence Alliance).

Previously, Laura-Lou worked at Civitas Maxima where she led a case related to the illegal exploitation of mineral resources in an Eastern African country and the role of foreign economic actors in fueling and profiteering from the conflict. Between 2017 and 2021, Laura-Lou worked for Project Expedite Justice where she led investigations and strategic litigation related to the Darfur genocide, supported Sudan’s transitional justice process through capacity building and training activities, and led the development of an e-learning platform housing a curriculum on best investigation and documentation practices. Upon passing the French bar in 2018, Laura-Lou also assisted a French lawyer on domestic criminal cases and on a universal jurisdiction case related to the Rwandan genocide before the Appeal Court of Paris (France). Earlier on, she worked in defence teams before the ECCC in Phnom Penh (Cambodia), the ICC and the ICTY in the Hague (Netherlands).

Jowita Mieszkowska
Jowita Mieszkowska
Legal Adviser

Jowita Mieszkowska is a Legal Adviser at Global Rights Compliance and is a specialist in International Criminal Law and Human Rights. She is a solicitor qualified in England and Wales and has represented clients before international courts and tribunals in both civil and criminal proceedings. She is an experienced litigator particularly in the field of business and human rights and has experience in documentation and case building for use in international trials. She has expertise in conducting interviews with vulnerable victims and witnesses and is trained in survivor centered and trauma-informed interviewing techniques. She has also written reports on access to remedy for human rights violations in Southeast Asia and has investigated crimes, including genocide, committed in Iraq.

Sudipta Purkayastha
Sudipta Purkayastha
Legal Adviser

Sudipta Purkayastha joined Global Rights Compliance in 2020 as a Legal Adviser and is currently a member of the Business and Human Rights team. In this role, she provides legal advice and analysis to companies in the extractive industry operating in high-risk and conflict areas, including assessments of human rights violations in their supply chains or operations. Sudipta has previously worked on a wide range of projects concerning international criminal law, international humanitarian law, and human rights law. Since 2020, she has been a member of the defence team of Jovica Stanišić before the UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, where she has conducted evidential analysis and supported the drafting of written submissions. Sudipta has dual qualification in England and Wales, and India. Sudipta holds a Master of Laws (International Law) from the University of Cambridge (Queens’ College). She completed her Bachelor of Laws at Gujarat National Law University, India.

Penny Karageorgi
Penny Karageorgi
Legal Adviser

Penny Karageorgi is a Legal Adviser at Global Rights Compliance, where she provides legal advice to companies and CSOs focusing on Human Rights Due Diligence issues and in particular the EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD). Penny is specialized in Human Rights and EU Law and boasts a decade of professional experience working with private law firms, NGOs and Foundations, mainly in Greece, Germany and the US. She has experience in litigation before courts, including the European Court of Human Rights. Since 2022, Penny has been in the list of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) as an External Expert; she also serves pro bono as a Legal Expert for Cartoonists’ Rights International, defending freedom of expression of cartoonists worldwide. Penny holds a Master of Arts in EU Law from King’s College London and a Master of Laws in Environmental Law from the National University of Athens. She completed her Bachelor of Laws at the National University of Athens, Greece.

Jussara Paimann Millan
Jussara Paimann Millan
Legal Adviser

Jussara in a Legal Adviser for the Business and Human Rights team. In this role, Jussara is involved in GRC’s project on Preventing Forced Labor in Critical Minerals. Before joining GRC, she worked as an analyst in the field of sustainable finance, focusing on evaluating companies’ compliance with international norms on human rights and business malpractice. She has also contributed to projects related to transitional justice processes, human rights legal reform, accountability and civil society capacity building, with a particular focus on Sudan. Jussara holds an LLB in International and European Law, as well as an LLM in Public International Law from Utrecht University, where she specialised in human rights.

Benjamin Nord
Benjamin Nord
Legal Intern

Benjamin Nord is an intern at Global Rights Compliance covering the trial of Ian Lundin, Alexandre Schneiter and Oron Energy (previously Lundin Petroleum AB). Benjamin is studying Law at Stockholm University and is particularly interested in issues of corporate, tax and criminal law. Benjamin sits on the board of the Swedish Association of International Affairs and aims for a career in the international legal community.

Advait Malviya
Advait Malviya
Administrator

Advait Malviya joined GRC in 2016 and is the Administrator at Business & Human Rights Compliance. Advait is actively involved in various on-going projects of BHRC. Prior to his current role, Advait worked in a number of international organisations including the International Development Law Organization, SAARCLAW, Asian-African Legal Consultative Organisation and was admitted to the Indian Bar in 2017. He completed his Bachelor in Laws in India and his Advanced LLM with a specialisation in Human Rights, Peace and Conflict from SOAS, University of London, UK. He holds diplomas in Cyber law, Entrepreneurship Administration and Business Laws. Advait is fluent in English and Hindi.

Roberta Olson
Roberta Olson
Chief Financial Officer

Robi is an international development professional with over 35 years of experience in financial management, compliance, training and development, and organizational design.
Experience includes Controller/Administrator for a California Law Corporation, and small business owner in Turkey. Most recent experience includes ten years in the International Development sector as CFO, Turkey Country Manager, and Finance Director working with U.S. Government, British, Dutch, and EU funding, primarily on Syrian Support programs, and more recently programs centered around highlighting war crimes and human rights abuses.

Ms. Olson holds an MBA from San Diego State University, an undergraduate degree in Business Administration also from San Diego State University, a certificate in International Business from University of San Diego. and certificates in USAID Rules and Regulations, Grants, and Cooperative Agreements (2020, 2017), and Federal Rules and Regulations, Grants, and Cooperative Agreements (2015).

Giulia Luzi
Giulia Luzi
Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator

Giulia Luzi has international experience in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning across international development organisations in Europe and Latin America, focusing on human rights, access to justice, security and conflict transformation.

Based in Mexico since 2019, Giulia holds a MA in Conflict, Security and Development from the University of Sussex and a BA in Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies from Dublin City University. She has worked with teams in Italian, English, Spanish and French.

Prior to joining GRC, Giulia worked as regional M&E Specialist for the Latin American office of the Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) and she was in charge of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO)’s outcome assessments in Mexico. She brings specialist knowledge in participative and qualitative methods, such as Most Significant Change, Gender Analysis and Kirkpatrick’s methodology for capacity building assessments.

Latest News and Events

Due Diligence & Risk Mitigation in Smallholder Supply Chains

Due Diligence & Risk Mitigation in Smallholder Supply Chains

March 1, 2024

On March 13, our Agriculture sector lead Pallavi Sharma will be joining the team from Earthworm Foundation and IDH for a webinar, to deep dive into strategies for effectively operationalising this law without causing harm, especially to those most vulnerable at the bottom of the supply chains.