Katerina Drisi, Esq., Director for Sustainable Development
Katerina is in charge of developing, implementing, and monitoring ISLP's capacity building projects for legal professionals and governmental officials in the fields of natural resources, investment, and trade with a focus in sub-Saharan Africa. She started working for ISLP in 2010 as an Officer in charge of developing ISLP’s arbitration and trade programs. Prior to joining ISLP, she worked as an attorney, specializing in public procurement, privatization contracts, government contracts, and concessions for large infrastructure projects in Greece and Eastern Europe. She received her Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Athens and her master’s degrees (L.LMs) from the Sorbonne – Paris I, on Comparative Public Law of the European countries (D.E.A. Droit Public Comparé des États Européens) and from Fordham University, New York, on international business and trade law. She has interned for the United Nations' Office of Legal Affairs and the European Commission's Public Procurement Unit, DG Internal Market.
Email: KDrisi(at)islp(dot)org Tel: 646.798.3285
Heather Eisenlord, Esq., Director for Economic Justice and Accountability
Prior to joining ISLP in 2011, Heather was a senior associate in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, LLP, where she represented corporate clients and leading financial institutions in connection with complex domestic and cross-border transactions. In 2009, during a sabbatical from her firm, she provided onsite pro bono legal support to an anti-human trafficking NGO in Cambodia and a community-based organization in Uganda that provides quality schooling and other support to children and young people in the Kabale District. As ISLP’s Human Rights Program Director, she has managed projects in over twenty-five countries spanning Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the South Pacific. Those projects have addressed wide-ranging issues such as statelessness, gender-based violence, anti-corruption, corporate accountability, media freedom, land grabbing, and legal aid for indigent persons. She received her J.D., with Highest Honors, from the George Washington University Law School and earned a B.A. in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy from Michigan State University. She also participated in a program on post-Soviet legal transition at the Law School of Moscow State University and a program in political theory and race relations at the University of Cambridge.
Email: HEisenlord(at)islp(dot)org Tel: 646.798.3280
Ashley Starr Kinseth, Esq., Program Officer, Economic Justice and Accountability
Ashley came to ISLP in September 2014 after receiving her JD with honors from Columbia Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. Prior to law school, Ashley completed her MA in International Policy through Middlebury College, where she specialized in human rights and development, and her BA at the New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she studied international affairs and languages (French, Russian, and Swahili). Focusing primarily on human rights in conflict and post-conflict settings, Ashley has previously worked and conducted research in Myanmar, Cambodia, DR Congo, Kenya, and Mali, and has worked with The Carter Center, CARE, the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide. She currently serves on the New York City Bar Association’s International Human Rights Committee.
Email: AKinseth(at)islp(dot)org Tel: 646.798.3282
Bethany Saul, Executive Assistant
Bethany joined ISLP in February 2015 after receiving her B.A. in International Relations, Political Science, and Arabic from Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies. During college, Bethany studied Arabic at a language center in Rabat, Morocco, in addition to studying public international law at academic centers in Geneva and London. After graduation, Bethany worked with the Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies as a research assistant studying the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan. She studied and traveled to various refugee camps in the region, solidifying her passion to work in the field of international development and human rights. Her experience also includes research assistance for NGOs working in the areas of women’s rights and international development, as well as legal internships in the US and UK.
Email: BSaul(at)islp(dot)org Tel: 646.798.3289
Lisa Sweat, Esq., Associate Director for Strategy and Development
Lisa joined ISLP in November 2012 following her graduation from New York University School of Law and legal internships with the Burma Lawyers' Council in Mae Sot, Thailand and in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Her experience also includes research assistance for The Center for Law and Security, for a law firm representing victims' rights at the International Criminal Court and for NGOs working in the areas of international economic development, security and human rights. Lisa earned her B.A. in International Affairs from Emory University.
Email: LSweat(at)islp(dot)org Tel: 646.798.3283
Amanda Addison, Esq., Legal Fellow
Amanda joined ISLP as a legal fellow in August 2015 after receiving her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. Her internships included the Office of the Co-Prosecutors for the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC); the Honorable Patrick E. Higginbotham of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; and the International Center for Transitional Justice in New York City. Amanda holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and served two years as an education volunteer with the United States Peace Corps in Mali.
Email: AAddison(at)islp(dot)org Tel: 646.798.3286
Diana McGinley, Esq., Legal Fellow
Diana joined ISLP in 2015. She receiving her law degree in 2009 from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellin, Colombia, during which time she worked as a protection intern with UNHCR. After graduation, Diana joined Javier Villegas Abogados, a well-known human rights law firm in Colombia where she was involved in litigating cases against the Colombian government for human rights violations before domestic tribunals and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. In 2013, she worked with Contexto Legal S.A., where she was responsible for the litigation area. Diana moved to the U.S. in 2014, where she participated in the Program of Advanced Studies in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law and interned with MADRE, working with gender and transitional justice issues in Latin America. Diana is a fluent Spanish speaker.
Email: DMcGinley(at)islp(dot)org Tel: 646.798.3281
Susan Hazledine, Esq., Acting Executive Director, ISLP; Director, ISLP-UK
Susan is an accomplished litigator and pro bono advocate, with more than 20 years’ experience, including 14 years as a partner. She most recently headed Allen & Overy’s Social Investment program globally. Under her leadership, the firm undertook several award-winning global initiatives relating to pro bono, community, diversity and the environment. Throughout her career as a commercial litigator in both the UK and Hong Kong, Susan has been actively engaged in pro bono work, including obtaining the acquittal of a prisoner on death row in Trinidad, pursuing a pro bono case to the Court of Appeal and acting as a pro bono legal advisor at the Royal Courts of Justice Citizens Advice Bureau for more than a decade. Susan joined the Board of ISLP-UK as a Trustee in 2010 and was officially appointed Director of the ISLP-UK office by the Board in September. Since early 2013 she has, as an ISLP volunteer, been working with Oxfam International on global legal management issues.
Lorna Hudson, Esq., Operations and Communications Officer, ISLP-UK
Lorna joined ISLP-UK in 2014, as the Operations and Communications Officer. She holds a law degree from the University of Surrey, and an LLM in Human Rights Law from Birkbeck College, University of London. As part of her masters degree, Lorna focused on the African Court of Human and Peoples Rights. Prior to ISLP, Lorna worked and volunteered for several pro bono organisations in London, including LawWorks, the Free Representation Unit, and South West London Law Centres.
Marie Kingston, Esq., International Development Officer, ISLP-UK
Marie has practiced banking and aviation finance law in London and Central Europe and taught in the business and MBA programs at a London university. Before her law career, she studied Slavic languages and economics at Georgetown University and obtained a master’s degree in Slavic literature from Oxford University. Marie was a Fulbright scholar at the Universities of Zagreb and Belgrade. After qualifying as a solicitor, she returned to the region, working as a commercial lawyer and as Director of Legal for KPMG Croatia. She has engaged in pro bono work throughout her career, including rule of law training programs in Central Asia, election monitoring in Croatia, and mentoring young lawyers from Central Europe.
James Reynolds, Esq., Bertha Human Rights Fellow, ISLP-UK
An experienced corporate tax lawyer, human rights lawyer and volunteer, James graduated from Cambridge University, studied law at the College of Law in Guildford and spent several years at Allen & Overy as an Associate and Senior Professional Support Lawyer. More recently, James worked with the AIRE Centre, a UK charity that promotes awareness and respect for the rights of marginalized individuals in Europe and those in vulnerable circumstances. His work included litigation on behalf of vulnerable migrants and a range of human rights projects in the Balkans. He has also devoted himself to school mentoring programs, hospice care and has volunteered with young offenders. James' fellowship with ISLP-UK is made possible through the generous support of the Bertha Foundation.