Garth Meintjes, Esq., Executive Director
Garth came to ISLP in March 2011 from the International Legal Foundation, an organization that develops legal aid programs in post-conflict countries, where he had served as chief operating officer and oversaw the expansion of their programs in Afghanistan and Nepal. Garth was born and raised in South Africa and received his B.A. from the University of Stellenbosch and an LL.B. from the University of Cape Town. As a conscientious objector to compulsory service in the South African Defence Force, he was effectively barred from entering professional legal practice. While teaching constitutional law and criminal law at the University of the Western Cape, he received a scholarship to study international human rights at the Notre Dame Law School. He ended up spending 14 years at Notre Dame, where, as Associate Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, he built the Center into an internationally recognized human rights institution that brings lawyers from around the world to learn about international human rights and helps them secure jobs or internships in the field after completing the program. At Notre Dame, Garth also wrote and taught in the areas of international law and human rights, particularly on accountability for gross violations of human rights and human rights practice, and received both LL.M and doctorate degrees. Returning to New York, Garth joined the JEHT Foundation to develop and manage its International Justice Program.
Email: GMeintjes(at)islp(dot)org Tel: 646.798.3288
Katerina Drisi, Esq., Economic Development Program Officer
Katerina joined ISLP in December 2010 to support its Economic Development Program. Katerina is both a civil law and common law trained attorney. She received her Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Athens and Master 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. Prior to joining ISLP, she worked as an attorney, specializing in public procurement, privatization contracts, government contracts and concessions of large infrastructure projects, in Greece and Eastern Europe. Katerina is responsible for developing ISLP’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) focus area and ISLP’s international trade and food security programs.
Email: KDrisi(at)islp(dot)org Tel: 646.798.3285
Heather Eisenlord, Esq., Human Rights Program Director
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
Brooke Guven, Esq., Legal Fellow
Brooke joined ISLP in June 2015 after several years working as a finance associate in the New York office of Hogan Lovells where she represented financial institutions and corporations in structured transactions. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Brooke worked as an ISLP volunteer in Monrovia on a legal reform project with the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. In August 2015 Brooke will begin an LLM program at NYU School of Law in international legal studies where she will focus on the human rights impacts that corporations have on societies. Brooke received her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School and also holds an M.A. in International Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin and a B.A. in economics and political science from Northwestern University. During law school she was the Senior Managing Editor of the Wisconsin International Law Journal and participated in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. She speaks French and some Turkish.
Ashley Starr Kinseth, Esq., Program Associate
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, DR Congo, Cambodia, and Mali, and has interned with the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide.
Email: AKinseth(at)islp(dot)org Tel: 646.798.3282
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.
Andra Moss, Director, Communications and Pro Bono Recruitment
Andra has been with ISLP since June 2007 and is responsible for volunteer outreach to senior lawyers and law firms, for pairing volunteers with international pro bono opportunities, and for disseminating information about the work of ISLP and its clients, partners and volunteers. She came to ISLP from the Institute of Management Administration, where she directed programming related to best practices in law firm management. During a three month sabbatical in 2006, she led a course on volunteerism for the Japanese government-sponsored Ship for World Youth in Kenya and India. She has also headed the volunteer efforts for the Uptown Habitat for Humanity and The Hague Appeal for Peace world peace conference of 1999. Andra has a B.A. in International Studies from Miami University and an MS in Human Service Administration and Nonprofit Management.
Email: AMoss(at)islp(dot)org Tel: 646.798.3291
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
Anna Shakarova, Economic Development Program Director
Anna Shakarova joined ISLP in 2007. She previously served as a Senior Program Officer at the Financial Services Volunteer Corps (FSVC), where she was responsible for a diverse portfolio of technical assistance projects centered on small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) lending for financial services institutions in transition and emerging market countries. During her nine years at FSVC, she held a number of positions managing FSVC’s technical assistance programs with a focus on improving banking systems, capital markets, and legal and regulatory frameworks in Russia and the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States), Middle East, and Asia. Anna earned her M.A. from the Samarkand State University and a B.A. from the Marymount Manhattan College.
Email: AShakarova(at)islp(dot)org Tel: 646.798.3284
Lisa Sweat, Esq., Program Officer
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
Cole Taylor, Esq., Legal Fellow
Cole joined ISLP as a Legal Fellow in July 2015. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2012 and holds a B.A. from Smith College. She began her career in human rights in the humanitarian aid sector where she focused primarily on child protection and capacity building initiatives in post conflict regions. After graduating from Berkeley she directed a court monitoring project covering the International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh. She has also consulted for the International Harm Reduction Program at the Open Society Foundations and the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust. During law school she interned with the Open Society Justice Initiative and Human Rights Watch. Cole is passionate about the intersection of law and development, with a focus on post-conflict regions and gender issues. She speaks French and Hindi.
Email: CTaylor(at)islp(dot)org Tel: 646.798.3286
Susan Hazledine, Esq., 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.
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.