Seeking & achieving justice through innovative application of the law

 

Global Rights Compliance is a Foundation made up of international lawyers and development experts with expertise in five key areas.

 

Seeking & achieving justice through innovative application of the law

Our Mission & Values

Founded in 2013 by Wayne Jordash QC and Scott Martin, Global Rights Compliance is a Foundation made up of international lawyers and development experts with one mission: achieving justice through the innovative application of international law.

We specialise in on-the-ground international humanitarian law and human rights issues in conflict-affected and high-risk areas around the world, working to identify, prevent and mitigate adverse human rights impacts.

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Our Executive Team

Wayne Jordash

Wayne Jordash

President of GRC Foundation

Wayne Jordash KC is a renowned lawyer specialising in international human rights and humanitarian law.
Wayne is also the Head of GRC Mobile Justice Teams (MJTs) and Deputy Lead of the Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group (ACA), established to aid Ukrainian law enforcement agencies in investigating and prosecuting war crimes in the context of the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Wayne has two decades of experience advising government, multi-lateral organisations such as the UN, Council of Europe, etc., and pursuing justice through international law. He is also recognised for his work with international tribunals, including the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice, addressing allegations of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.

Catriona Murdoch

Catriona Murdoch

Vice-President at GRC Foundation

Catriona is recognised as a world-leading expert in the war crime of starvation and associated violations and since 2018 created and continues to lead GRC’s Starvation and Humanitarian Crisis Portfolio. Catriona has granular knowledge of the cycle of conflict and hunger across Yemen, Syria, South Sudan, Tigray, and Ukraine, where she has led extensive field, hybrid and OSINT investigations and legal submission work. Catriona worked closely on the Swiss-led Rome Statute Amendment in 2018-2019, where the Rome Statute was amended to include starvation as a method of warfare in non-international armed conflicts. Called to the Bar of England and Wales and attached to 1 Crown Office Row Chambers in the UK, Catriona is ranked as a leading practitioner in the UK Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 directories. She joined GRC in 2016 and became Vice President in 2020. Catriona has over 15 years of international litigation experience before the UN IRMCT, ICC and ICTR courts and tribunals, advising on crimes arising out of the Rwandan Genocide, the Iraq war, and the war in the former Yugoslavia.

Advait Malviya

Advait Malviya

Treasurer at GRC Foundation

Advait Malviya is a qualified lawyer with a specialisation in Human Rights, Peace and Conflict from SOAS, University of London, UK. He holds diplomas in Entrepreneurship Administration and Business Laws, and Cyber laws.
Ensuring the smooth-running operations of the organisation from end to end, Advait is across everything at GRC, from finance and administration to project planning and delivery. His in-depth and practical organisational knowledge offers insights that support complete and seamless systems integration.
Advait has a decade of experience in managing and handling daily business operations of the organisation, working closely with department heads and project leads to support the day-to-day operations. He has also worked as a Case Manager at the UN IRMCT in the Hague, formerly known as ICTY, and has extensive experience in managing large legal operations.

Joseph Hollerhead

Joseph Hollerhead

Chief of Staff at GRC Foundation

Joe has over 20 years of experience working in judicial, prosecutorial, administrative, and security-related fields.
Prior to joining GRC, Joe spent over 12 years focussing on issues pertaining to the Kosovo conflict, where he spent several years located in Kosovo, Belgium, and the Netherlands, focussing on war crimes, crimes against humanity and grave violations of IHL and ICJ. Most notably, Joe was Special Assistant to the Chief Prosecutor at the Kosovo tribunal and was heavily involved in the investigation and subsequent prosecution of alleged war criminals. Prior to that, Joe spent a decade working for various Senior Judges and Courts in the Ministry of Justice, UK.

Phil Lawson

Phil Lawson

Business Development Director, Senior Adviser

Phil is a former UK diplomat who served as a counterterrorism advisor to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. Phil spearheaded the UK’s Counter Terrorism, Security and Justice Programmes in both Afghanistan and Somaliland, including fostering and developing the UK Justice and Human Rights Partnerships. Phil brings ‘real life’ experience of the challenges of developing and implementing counterterrorism policies, procedures and legislation – ‘on the ground’ – in fragile and conflict-affected environments. He has extensive knowledge of the security, defence, and intelligence spheres in which the UK and international partners operate, along with current counter-terrorism and counter-radicalisation policies. In addition to his diplomatic career, Phil has over 25 years of experience in both the UK Civil Service and senior roles in the private sector.

Robi Olson

Chief Financial Officer at GRC Foundation

Ms. Olson is an international development professional with over 35 years of experience in financial management, compliance, training and development, and organisational design. Most recent experience includes twelve years in the International Development sector as CFO, Turkey Country Manager, and Finance Director working with U.S. Government, British, Dutch, and EU funding, 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 and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration also from San Diego State University. She also serves on the local OSAC steering committee, is a community liaison volunteer for the local US Consulate and an active member in the International and American Women’s Clubs.

Our Advisory Team

Lina Baddour

Lina Baddour

Senior Adviser, Project Director

Lina Baddour is a licensed US attorney, specialized in international criminal and human rights law and policy. With over 15 years of experience, she joined GRC as a Senior Legal Advisor in 2017 and currently leads the projects, “Advancing International Accountability for ISIS Atrocities through Evidence Analysis in Iraq” and “Mobilising Ratification of the Rome Statute Starvation Amendment”. Previously, she led the project, “International Law and Defining Russia’s Involvement in Crimea and Donbas”.

Prior to affiliating with GRC, Lina served as a Legal Advisor with UNDP, providing technical assistance to State leadership on international accountability, peace negotiations, and human rights monitoring and compliance. She also assisted in the representation of clients before the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and advised counsel appearing before the War Crimes Chamber of the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina on matters of international criminal law and procedure. She continues to represent persons and States involved in domestic and international criminal and human rights proceedings at pre-trial, trial and appellate levels, including before the International Criminal Court.

Lara Strangways

Lara Strangways

Senior Adviser, Head of Business & Human Rights

Lara Strangways is a Senior Adviser and the Head of Business & Human Rights at Global Rights Compliance Foundation. In her role Lara oversees the timely delivery of all business and human rights projects, liaising with clients to ensure the efficient implementation of deliverables according to agreed timelines and methodologies. The Business and Human Rights team are engaged across a number of multi-jurisdictional projects and have experience working with a variety of clients, ranging from industry bodies and companies through to INGOs, CSOs and governments.

Prior to joining GRC, Lara worked in-house for a diamond mining company, developing her knowledge of the human rights challenges facing the extractive sector. Lara also brings specialist knowledge in non-judicial remedies and the challenges faced by vulnerable groups in accessing non-judicial grievance mechanisms.

Lara was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2019.

Ruby Mae Axelson

Ruby Mae Axelson

Senior Adviser, Team Leader of MATRA

 

Ruby Axelson is a Senior Adviser focusing on international litigation and project implementation in the fields of international criminal law, international humanitarian law and gender justice. Ruby currently leads GRC’s MATRA-Ukraine Project “Strengthening Ukraine’s Capacity to Investigate and Prosecute International Crimes”, executed in partnership between GRC and T.M.C Asser Instituut. The project goals are to enhance the capacity of Ukrainian criminal justice stakeholders in the investigation, prosecution, and adjudication of international crimes by integrating international standards into domestic practice.

Ruby also lead GRC’s project, in partnership with Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice, on ‘Defining Sexual Violence’ produced an in-depth comparative analysis of definitions of sexual violence in international and domestic jurisprudence and produced a draft amendment to the ICC Elements of Crimes definition of sexual violence

Ruby is appointed to the defence team of Jovica Stanišić before the UN International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), prior to this she was on the defence team of Ratko Mladić at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

 

Morgan Grant

Morgan Grant

Adviser

Morgan Grant is an Adviser. In this role, Morgan has assisted with GRC’s project defining Russia’s role in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. In the first phase of this project, Morgan conducted evidence gathering to establish a factual basis for an authoritative legal opinion on the international humanitarian and human rights law framework applicable to Ukraine since 2014. In the second phase of the project, Morgan contributed to legal research, analysis and drafting of the project’s legal opinion.

Previously, Morgan worked with GRC as a legal intern in 2018 where she assisted GRC with its War Crimes Investigation Manual and Victims’ Submission to the International Criminal Court on behalf of a number of Rohingya women and children. A Canadian qualified lawyer, Morgan was called to the Alberta bar in 2017 and has previously interned with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. In 2019, Morgan obtained a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics, specialising in public international law. Morgan also holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law.

Link to CV here

Prachiti Venkatraman

Prachiti Venkatraman

Adviser

Prachiti Venkatraman is an Adviser and is currently attached to the Accountability for Mass Starvation Project. In this role Prachiti conducts analytical research and drafts policy and advisory papers on the use of starvation as a weapon of war, the applicable international criminal and humanitarian laws, relevant regional and international human rights framework, and the implementation and utility of UNSC Resolution 2417. She also works on GRC’s Starvation Manual and on pursuing avenues for strategic litigation and accountability for starvation crimes.

Prachiti was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2017 and is assigned as a Legal Assistant at the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals. Prachiti holds a Master of Laws in International and European Law, with a specialisation in Public International Law, from the University of Amsterdam and a Master of Laws in Professional Legal Practice from BPP University, London. She completed her Bachelor of Laws at the University of Warwick.

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Rebecca Bakos Blumenthal

Rebecca Bakos Blumenthal

Project Lead

Rebecca is a Project Lead on Increasing the literacy of the war crime of starvation and OSINT capabilities of Ukrainian legal practitioners project and Deputy Lead of GRC’s Starvation and Humanitarian Crisis Division.

Rebecca is a legal advisor, specialising in international humanitarian law, criminal law and human rights law and has been engaged within GRC’s Starvation and Humanitarian Crisis Division, conducting in-depth open-source research, documentation and investigations on conflict-induced hunger, and legal analysis on various facets of the crime of starvation and violations of the right to food and other intersecting core international crimes in a number of conflict-specific contexts, including Yemen, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Syria, Ukraine and Palestine, with a view to advance accountability efforts. She has previously worked with UNICEF and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute. Rebecca completed her Integrated Master of Arts in Law at Bocconi University and an LLM in Public International Law at the University of Amsterdam.

Eve Bickerdike

Eve Bickerdike

Global HR Manager at GRC Foundation

Eve has many years of international HR experience from a variety of sectors including insurance, telecommunications, software and the INGO sector. Eve is experienced in partnering senior leaders and teams to support growth through effective people practices and has a wide breadth of generalist HR experience including performance, employee relations, management development, policy design, engagement & retention, employee wellbeing and recruitment & selection. Eve is passionate about achieving positive operational culture through proactive people practices.

Emily Jensen

Emily Jensen

Senior Prosecutor for the GRC Mobile Justice Teams (Ukraine)

Emily is a lawyer specialising in international investigations and prosecutions in the areas of international human rights and international humanitarian law. She has over 20 years of experience in domestic and international investigations and prosecutions. Throughout her career, she has worked extensively in conflict and post-conflict areas in Europe and Africa. Her areas of specialization are large scale investigations and prosecutions management, sexual exploitation and abuse, conflict related sexual violence, and unlawful detention of civilians. Emily has also served as a university lecturer in relation to International Negotiations, War Crimes Prosecutions, International Relations and International Political Economy as well as having served as an international arbitrator.

Julianne Romy

Julianne Romy

Central Region Mobile Justice Team Lead (Ukraine)

Julianne is Senior Legal Advisor with 13 years of experience in international criminal law and international human rights in multiple regions. She has advised victims on legal avenues for redress and accountability in domestic, regional, and international settings, and assisted in representing individuals charged with genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and other crimes at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Julianne is admitted as a lawyer in New York State and France and as a legal assistant to counsel at the International Criminal Court and formerly in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.

Dusan Jovanovic

Dusan Jovanovic

North Region Mobile Justice Team Lead (Ukraine)

Dusan is a lawyer with over ten years of experience specialising in international criminal law, transitional justice and institutional reform. He documented and filed criminal complaints for war crimes, which resulted in successful criminal prosecution, and represented victims in war crimes criminal proceedings. Dusan advised national authorities – Governments and criminal justice actors investigating, prosecuting and adjudicating war crimes cases – while working with various organisations, including the UN, OSCE, and IOM, in conflict and post-conflict countries, i.e., Afghanistan, Iraq, Serbia and Ukraine.

Karine Ardault

Karine Ardault

Conflict-Related Sexual Violence Mobile Justice Team Lead (Ukraine)

Karine is a legal expert in criminal accountability in armed conflicts, investigator and analyst.
Karine has over 20 years of experience working with NGOs, the United Nations, national and international criminal jurisdictions and academic institutions, in armed conflict environment and on very demanding projects. She focuses her work on the investigation, prosecution and adjudication of war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, all violations of International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights and on strategies development to do so with international and national jurisdictions.

Donna Cline

Donna Cline

Environmental Mobile Justice Team Lead (Ukraine)

Donna is an international lawyer licensed to practice in the United States, with extensive experience fighting to uphold the rule of law.

As a trial attorney, Donna has represented hundreds of criminal defendants, most notably Ramzi Bin al Shibh in the 9/11 capital case before the US Military Commission in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Additionally, she worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court.

Donna has also been involved with several human rights advocacy campaigns, including election transparency in Equatorial Guinea, anti-kleptocracy and anti-corruption initiatives, and expansion of the Global Magnitsky Act.

Vitalii Zhuhai

Vitalii Zhuhai

Team Lead of the Propaganda and Legal Culpability project (Ukraine)

Vitalii leads the project, which GRC and The Reckoning Project jointly implement together. He is a media expert who has been combining work in the media and international organisations with teaching for many years and defended his PhD thesis on “Establishing a Quality Press in a Post-Totalitarian Society.”

Together with the project’s lawyers, Vitalii is researching the structure and methods of work of Russian propagandists and their impact on Russians and foreigners to change the discourse on the possibility of punishment propagandists for inciting hatred, encouraging war crimes, and collecting evidence for a future tribunal.

Maksym Vishchyk

Maksym Vishchyk

Centre Region Mobile Justice Deputy Team Lead (Ukraine)

Maksym Vishchyk is a legal advisor specialising in public international law, with a particular focus on international criminal, humanitarian and human rights law. In the latest years, Maksym has been a part of various GRC projects focusing on strengthening Ukraine’s capacity to investigate, prosecute and adjudicate international crimes, including Mobile Justice Teams (MJTs), MATRA-Ukraine and “International Law and Defining Russia’s Involvement in Crimea and Donbas”.

Maksym also teaches public international law and international human rights law in the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy mentoring new generations of international lawyers in Ukraine. He is also a PhD candidate with the Kyiv-Mohyla International and European Law Department with a research focus on the crime of genocide.

Olha Kotlyarska

Olha Kotlyarska

South Region Mobile Justice Deputy Team Lead (Ukraine)

Olha is a legal adviser specialising in international humanitarian law, international criminal law, and international human rights law. In her respective roles as a legal adviser and deputy, Olha assists regional prosecutor’s offices and local investigative agencies in building cases, and provides analytical and legal support to this end. The biggest areas of focus for Olha have been detention-related crimes as well as issues of deportation and forcible transfer.

Lidiia Volkova

Lidiia Volkova

Eastern Region Mobile Justice Deputy Team Lead

Lidiia is a legal adviser specialising in International humanitarian law and International criminal law.
Lidiia has been working in this field and particularly with issues related to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine since 2020.

In her role as a Deputy Team Lead and Legal Advisor, Lidiia assists Ukrainian law enforcement agencies on case building in the construction of proceedings regarding international crimes committed by representatives of the Russian Federation in Ukraine, prepares analytical reports and recommendations on various international crimes committed in Ukraine.

Yeji Kim

Yeji Kim

Deputy Lead of DPRK Team, DPRK Adviser, Researcher

Yeji is a Certified Legal Interpreter in the Republic of Korea. With over a decade of experience with North Korean refugees, she is an expert on refugee affairs, forced migration, and transnational aggression. Her research focuses on social transformations in North Korea and refugee-led changes.

Her survivor-centered communication has reached 20 million people globally, recognized by BBC, CNN, and Al Jazeera, and her advocacy has helped rescue over 1,300 refugees. Her work on global accountability includes participation in the Human Rights Council.

Anastasiia Moiseieva

Anastasiia Moiseieva

Conflict-Related Sexual Violence Mobile Justice Deputy Team Lead (Ukraine)

Anastasiia is a lawyer specialising in international humanitarian law, international criminal law and international human rights law. She is a legal advisor and deputy team lead of GRC’s CRSV Mobile Justice Team.

As a legal advisor at GRC, Anastasiia has been involved in the MATRA-Ukraine Project “Strengthening Ukraine’s Capacity to Investigate and Prosecute International Crimes” as part of which she co-drafted Basic Investigative Standards for Documenting International Crimes in Ukraine’ (BIS-Ukraine). She was also part of the team drafting the Legal Opinion on International Law and Russia’s Involvement in Crimea and Donbas. Previously, she worked as a consultant on several projects for the NGO International Partnership for Human Rights and as a lawyer at the European Union-funded CrimeaSOS organisation.

Anastasiia holds an LLM (with distinction) in Human Rights from the University of Edinburgh and an LLM (cum laude) in Public International Law from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.

The tailored capacity building led by GRC was invaluable in helping participants understand UN Security Council Resolution 2417’s key components and implementation mechanisms, and together identify opportunities for joint advocacy and progress on this vital agenda.
– Dublin City University