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ISLP provides pro bono legal assistance to governments and civil society organizations in developing countries, leveraging global legal resources in alignment with client needs to support just, accountable and inclusive development.

What We Do

ISLP provides pro bono legal assistance to low-income country governments, CSOs and marginalised communities, supporting transparent stakeholder engagement and community-inclusive development.

 

ISLP leverages high-level legal expertise to address regulatory, contractual, investment and trade structures within the context of large-scale development, helping governments and civil societies build just and accountable legal and regulatory frameworks.

 

ISLP offers solutions to direct investment challenges, from its growing program of work focused on social impact and the structuring of investment vehicles to advising governments on tax competition, base erosion and profit shifting.

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Where We Work

Though historically focused on sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, ISLP is increasingly focused on Latin America, Eastern Europe and the CIS, and is further expanding its footprint in East Africa.
 
ISLP has a well-established program of providing advice and support to governments across sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, including advising on the renegotiation of natural resource contracts and establishment of legal and regulatory frameworks with regard to investment, tax and trade. In addition, ISLP has enacted multi-faceted programs to empower civil society participation in the overall development of several countries in Southeast Asia, particularly Myanmar, as well as provided support in relation to Anti-Bribery & Corruption and Civil Society Space in Eastern Europe and the CIS. 
 
While ISLP’s priority is to maximize the impact of existing projects, proposals for new opportunities in new geographies are welcome.

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Who We Are

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ISLP Board

Joseph C. Bell

Chair

Judith Miller

Emeritus

Mari Carmen Aponte

Ruth Greenspan Bell

David E. Birenbaum

Emeritus

Christopher G. Cross

Boris Dolgonos

Anthony F. Essaye

Emeritus

Pamela Hughes

Robert H. Kapp

Emeritus

William C. Kelly, Jr.

William D. Kissinger

Zbigniew Lasocik, Ph.D.

Emeritus

George Lehner

Eric Lewis

Gail A. Lione

David Lindsey

Vivek Maru

Joel P. Mellis

Emeritus

Patrick Murray

Kathryn A. Oberly

Emeritus

Joseph N. Onek

Emeritus

Ank Santens

Lois J. Schiffer

Steven H. Schulman

Russell F. Smith III

Craig Owen White

Richard N. Winfield

Emeritus

Megan Gordon

Board Secretary, Volunteer

Lorraine Sostowski

General Counsel, Volunteer

Joseph C. Bell

Chair

Throughout his nearly 50-year career, Joe has been a constant innovator, applying his law and policy interests to a wide range of issues. His current practice, mostly pro bono, is principally devoted to natural resource policy and concession negotiations in developing countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

 

Joe has represented governments in mining and agricultural concession negotiations and advised on tax and royalty policies, stabilization agreements, and other economic issues related to large concessions. He has also advised on general issues of transparency, governance, and institutional reform. From 1989-1990, Joe advised the Polish Ministry of Finance during the initial and most difficult stage of the country’s transformation. Joe later established the Warsaw office of Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells), while at the same time was active in Ukraine and co-founded the Project for Economic reform. Prior to private practice, Joe worked for the U.S. Justice and Treasury Departments, the Federal Energy Administration, and the Cabinet Task Force on Oil Import Control. He also taught at the Duke Law and Public Policy Schools.

 

In addition to being Board Chair of ISLP, Joe is co-Chair of the Advisory Council of the Natural Resource Governance Institute, a founding Director of the Polish American Freedom Foundation, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2010, he received the American Lawyer Life Time Achievement Award, and in 2015 was awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit by the President of Poland.

Judith Miller

Emeritus

Judith has been a partner at Williams & Connolly, General Counsel of the Department of Defense, and Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Board member of the Bechtel Group. Prior to that, she clerked for Judge Harold Leventhal and Associate Justice Potter Stewart. 

 

In addition to serving as Vice Board Chair of ISLP, Judith is a member of the Council of the American Law Institute, is on the board of the Atlantic Council, Beloit College and the Academy of Political Science, as well as the Defense Science Board. She is past Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation, a current Member of the House of Delegates, and co-chairs the ABA’s Presidential Cybersecurity Legal Task Force. 

 

Judith is a graduate of Yale Law School.

Mari Carmen Aponte

Mari Carmen Aponte was appointed Acting Assistant Secretary in the Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs on May 5, 2016 and served until early 2017. Previously, Aponte was the Ambassador of the United States to El Salvador from 2012 until February 2016.  Her priorities in El Salvador included expanding crime prevention, growing the economy and moving the country towards democracy, sustainable development and human rights.

 

She is the first Puerto Rican woman to hold the title of ambassador.  Born in Puerto Rico, Aponte moved to the United States to pursue a better education.  After earning a BA in political science from Rosemont College, she taught in Camden, New Jersey where she commenced a lifelong work on behalf  of  the underrepresented educational needs of minority students.  Aponte enrolled in Temple University Beasley School of Law and earned a JD in 1975.  She was one of few Puerto Rican women enrolled in a U.S. accredited law program at that time and, subsequently, the first Latina lawyer in Pennsylvania.  Aponte moved to Washington, D.C. in 1979 when President Jimmy Carter appointed her as a White House Fellow.

 

She continued practicing law in D.C and cofounded one of the first minority-owned law firms.  In 1984, Aponte was elected the first woman president of the Hispanic National Bar Association.  She continued to hold leadership positions for the next 25 years, advocating for women and the Latino community.  From 2001-2004, she was Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Federal Affairs Administration.  She was also on the board of directors for the National Council of La Raza and the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund.  Aponte received the 2015 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award from the American Bar Association in recognition of her community service.  In 2016, she received an Honorary Doctor of Philosphy from Temple University

Ruth Greenspan Bell

Ruth is Public Policy Scholar at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute, and is associated with Columbia University’s Center for Decision Sciences. Her work involves governance issues inherent in managing domestic and international greenhouse gas emissions, and in part leading a program, together with Elke Weber of Princeton University, to harvest insights from behavioral social science research for re-motivating how humans use energy. Ruth previously held positions at the World Resources Institute and Resources for the Future, was Senior Adviser to the Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, and served in various management positions in the U.S. EPA’s Office of General Counsel. In 2007-2008, Ruth helped establish the conditions under which the Polish Foreign Ministry appointed a Climate Ambassador in preparation for Poland’s hosting the UNFCCC COP 14 in Poznan, and went on to support the Ambassador through the establishment and management of a Task Force.

 

Ruth publishes extensively on environmental governance and climate change, and is a long-standing member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

David E. Birenbaum

Emeritus

David is Of Counsel at Fried, Frank, having retired as a Partner after more than thirty years with the firm. He has served for two years as the U.S. Ambassador to the UN for UN Management and Reform, was a public member of the U.S. Delegation to the UN Conference on Human rights in Geneva, served as Associate General Counsel of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, and was a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In addition to serving as a Director of ISLP, David founded the Emergency Coalition for U.S. Financial Support of the UN, serving as its chair for more than ten years, and serves on the International Advisory Council of the United States Institute of Peace.

Christopher G. Cross

Christopher, a Partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins, is a transactional lawyer and is co-chair of the Energy, Oil & Gas Industry Group. He is also a member of the Africa, Latin America, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, and Project Finance practices. Christopher represents companies, government institutions, sovereign and private equity funds, and lenders in international joint venture, acquisition, project development and financing transactions, primarily in the energy, extractive industry and infrastructure sectors. He has executed transactions in more than 30 developing markets in addition to the core Americas, European and Asian markets, and has been recognized in Chambers Global and The Legal 500 Latin America, and was listed as a leading energy and projects lawyer in Chambers Latin America, The Legal 500 U.S. and IFLR1000: Latin America.

 

Christopher holds an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, and a law degree from Columbia University School of Law.

Boris Dolgonos

Boris is a Partner at Jones Day, advising on a wide range of public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, including initial public offerings, high yield and investment-grade debt offerings, structured I product offerings, and privatizations. He has represented both public and private corporations, investment banks and other financial institutions, as well as sovereign entities, primarily on the U.S. aspects of international securities offerings. In addition, he regularly advises public companies on corporate governance, securities laws, stock exchange rules and regulations, and periodic reporting responsibilities.  

 

Boris received his BA from Harvard College and his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Anthony F. Essaye

Emeritus

Tony began his career as an Associate in the litigation department of Leboeuf, Lamb & Leiby in New York. In 1963, he moved to Washington, D.C. to take a position as an attorney with the Peace Corps, where he would go on to serve as Associate General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel, engaging in a wide variety of international legal work. In 1967, Tony joined what would become Rogers & Wells where he became Partner and soon after head of the Paris office, practicing as a Conseil Juridique and representing American and other corporate clients in transactions throughout Western Europe. Tony eventually returned to the U.S. as Managing Partner of the firm’s Washington office, a position he held until 1998. In 2000, Rogers & Wells   merged with the British-based international firm Clifford Chance, where Tony was also a Partner, retiring in 2002 to serve as co-President of ISLP, the organization he founded with Robert H. Kapp.

 

In addition to being an ISLP Board Director Emeritus, Tony’s civic activity includes providing legal advice to a number of Democratic Presidential campaigns, as well as serving as Chairman of the National Lawyers Council of the Democratic Party and Executive Director and Trustee of the Clinton Legal Expense Trust.

 

Tony holds an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and a law degree from Harvard University. He has served his country as an officer in the U.S. Infantry.

Pamela Hughes

Pam is a Senior Partner in the Toronto securities law group of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, focusing on international corporate finance, capital markets regulation and corporate governance. She was previously Director of the Capital Markets branch of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), the primary negotiator of the multi-jurisdictional disclosure system between Canada and the U.S., as well as the OSC representative on the International Organization of Securities Commissions working groups on secondary markets, international equity offers and collective investment schemes. 

 

Pam has undertaken capital market regulatory reform work on behalf of the Canadian government, as well as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. She is a member of the Securities Regulation Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (ABCNY), the Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Control Contests Committee of the ABCNY, and the Securities Advisory Committee to the OSC, as well as co-author of the Canada chapter of Liability of Asset Managers. Pam teaches international securities regulation at (LL.M.) Osgoode Hall Law School, is a contributing editor to Corporate Governance by Federated Press and prepared the Canada chapter in Corporate Governance and Shareholder Rights.

 

In addition to being a Director of ISLP, Pam is Vice-Chair of Dignitas International and sits on the board of the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative.

Robert H. Kapp

Emeritus

Bob is Director Emeritus, co-Founder and former co-President of ISLP. He is Of Counsel of the Washington, DC law firm of Hogan Lovells, LLP and served in the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice. He has served as Chair of each of the following individual rights organizations: Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, American Civil Liberties Union of the National Capitol Area, and Global Rights (formerly The International Human Rights Law Group). He also served as Senior Advisor to Realizing Rights, the Ethical Globalization Initiative. Additionally, Bob has participated in international election observer missions in Namibia and South Africa. He is the recipient of The American Lawyer 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Bob holds an undergraduate degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

William C. Kelly, Jr.

Bill is a Strategic Adviser and co-Founder of Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF). Prior to SAHF’s launch, Bill was a partner in the law firm of Latham & Watkins for 25 years. He was the co-founder of the Washington office, chair of the firm’s D.C. Finance and Real Estate Department, and long-time member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, having joined the firm after serving as Executive Assistant to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. His practice focused on multifamily housing, commercial real estate, and infrastructure finance. At the start of his career, he served as a law clerk for both U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Frank Coffin and Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell.

 

In addition to ISLP, Bill serves on the Board of Directors of Ashoka, the Low-Income Investment Fund, and the Governance Institute. He is the recipient of a Purpose Prize Fellowship, which recognizes leaders who have launched second careers innovating in the social sector, received the Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year award from the Washington, D.C. Bar, the National Public Service Award from the American Bar Association’s Section on Business Law, and the Michael S. Sher Award from the Forum on Housing and Community Development Law. He was also named a Friend of the Elderly by the Retirement Housing Foundation and served as The Peter Muller Visiting Professor at Georgetown University.

 

Bill holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a law degree from Yale Law School.

William D. Kissinger

A partner in the San Francisco office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Bill practices Energy and Environmental law in California, having developed an Energy practice after serving as Senior Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary to Governor Gray Davis during the 2001 California energy crisis. Whilst there, he was responsible for renegotiating the state’s long-term energy contracts, entered into during the peak of the crisis, as well as shaping litigation strategy.  Subsequently, Bill has represented a wide range of clients in his private practice, including independent power producers, publicly owned utilities and California state agencies on disputes arising out of power purchase agreements, as well as representing them before regulatory agencies including FERC, the California Public Utilities Commission, and California Independent System Operator on matters relating to contracting, interconnection and other regulatory issues.  Prior to this, Bill spent four years in Washington, DC working in senior positions at the White House and the US State Department. 

 

Bill currently serves as a member of the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, having been appointed by Governor Brown in 2012 and reappointed in 2016.  He is a graduate of Princeton University, cum laude, and UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).

Zbigniew Lasocik, Ph.D.

Emeritus

Zbigniew is Professor of Law and Criminology and Director of the Human Trafficking Studies Centre at the University of Warsaw, as well as President of the Polish Section of the ICJ. He is an expert of the European Commission and Council of Europe and a former Regional Director of the PHARE/TACIS Democracy Program. Zbigniew has participated in over 60 international missions, including fact-finding missions for the OSCE and Council of Europe, and is an expert of the UN responsible for the monitoring of two genocide cases in Rwanda as well as a former member of the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT).

 

An experienced researcher and teacher, Zbigniew is the author of numerous publications, including articles and books about criminology, human rights, civil society development, human trafficking, forced labor, torture prevention and prison systems.

George Lehner

George Lehner is currently Of Counsel at Pepper Hamilton LLP where he practiced as a Partner for over 25 years.  He has served as Vice Chair of the firm’s Executive Committee, Co-Chair of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department, and as partner-in-Charge of the Firm’s Washington DC office.  He has over 30 years of experience in the areas of dispute resolution, mediation, negotiation, and arbitration working in both the private and public sectors, including significant experience in the international arena.  In addition, he has broad experience in media law and First Amendment work having represented media clients and serving various media related non-profit organizations as both counsel and as a Board member. 

 

He twice served in the Office of the Legal Adviser of U.S. Department of State, first as an Attorney Adviser (1977-1980) and later as Deputy Assistant Legal Adviser for International Claims and Investment Disputes.  

 

He currently serves a Chair of the Fund for Peace and General Counsel to the International Women’s Media Foundation and the White House Correspondents’ Association.

 

George received his BA from Wesleyan University where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and his JD (cum laude) and Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.  Following his undergraduate study, he was a recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship.

Eric Lewis

Eric is a Partner at Lewis Baach, practicing in the areas of transnational fraud, asset recovery, cross border disputes, and international insolvency. He has served as principal U.S. counsel to the liquidators of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) in multi-jurisdictional criminal and civil litigations, leading the trial team that obtained a $1 billion fraud and racketeering judgment against a BCCI front man and enforcing the judgment through the courts of Saudi Arabia. Additionally, he has coordinated numerous multinational asset-tracing exercises involving the proceeds of corruption and fraud on behalf of both sovereign governments and global liquidators, advising, among others, the Governments of Egypt, Pakistan and Kenya. Eric has particular expertise assisting Middle Eastern, European, Caribbean and Latin American clients with regard to the complexities of U.S. civil and criminal proceedings. An expert in offshore company and trust structures, Eric serves as a Director of the Jersey International Business School in the Channel Islands, has served as Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, has lectured at the University of Oxford, and has written extensively on the Middle East and human rights for The New York Times and The New Yorker, among other publications. 

 

Eric is a graduate of Princeton University, the University of Cambridge, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, and the Yale Law School, where he was Articles and Book Reviews Editor of the Yale Law Journal. He is Chairman of Reprieve-U.S., a non-profit that challenges capital punishment, illegal detention and violations of the international human rights law and the law of armed conflict, and co-Chair of the Program Committee of ISLP, where he brings expertise in advising on anti-corruption measures and infrastructure in developing countries.

Gail A. Lione

Gail is a Senior Counsel at Dentons. For more than 23 years, she served as General Counsel for companies in the global marketing and manufacturing, publishing, printing and digital imaging, and insurance, banking and financial services sectors. Most recently, Gail was the Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer for Harley-Davidson, Inc, where she also served as President of The Harley-Davidson Foundation until she retired. Prior to joining Harley-Davidson, Gail was General Counsel and Secretary of U.S. News & World Report and its affiliates, The Atlantic Monthly Company, Applied Graphics Technologies, Inc. and Applied Printing Technologies. Her first General Counsel position was with Sun Life Group of America, based in Atlanta, where she managed the legal affairs and regulatory activities of 5 insurance companies licensed in 50 states.

 

Gail currently serves on the boards of Badger Meter, Inc., where she is the Lead Director and a Member of the Corporate Governance and Compensation Committees, the F. Dohmen Co., where she is a Member of the Audit Committee, and Sargento Foods, Inc., where she is a Member of the Compensation Committee. She also serves as a Senior Fellow of the Governance Center of The Conference Board. A Member of the American Law Institute, Gail is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, where she teaches intellectual property law.

David Lindsey

A founding partner of Chaffetz Lindsey LLP, David has practiced law for 28 years, representing plaintiff and defendant multinational companies in cross border disputes most often decided by international arbitration tribunals under the rules of the ICDR, the ICC, the LCIA, and other top international arbitral institutions. David, who is licensed to practice law in New York, Florida and Washington, D.C., has an active U.S. litigation practice in New York federal and state courts and has tried cases in the Florida courts. His clients, leaders in the power, oil and gas, engineering, manufacturing, automotive sales, franchising, licensing, and pharmaceutical industries, have been represented by him in proceedings in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. He also acts both for and against foreign sovereigns concerning, among other things, expropriation of a foreign party’s investments, fair and equitable treatment under public international law, breach of a sovereign’s obligations under treaty instruments, breach of contract, determination of applicable law, U.S. racketeering laws, and the U.S. Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. David has represented private companies suing sovereigns, as well as foreign sovereigns, their political subdivisions, agencies and instrumentalities in U.S. courts in matters arising from enforcement of U.S. trade sanctions.

Vivek Maru

Vivek is CEO of Namati, an organization he founded in 2011 to support the movement for legal empowerment around the world.  Since then, Namati and its partners have built cadres of grassroots legal advocates, also known as community paralegals, in ten countries who have worked with over 40,000 people to protect community lands, enforce environmental law, and secure basic rights to healthcare and citizenship. Namati also convenes the global legal empowerment network, a community of 800+ legal empowerment organizations from 150 countries who collaborate on common challenges and learn from one another. This community successfully advocated for inclusion of access to justice in the new global development framework, the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Prior to founding Namati, Vivek co-founded and co-directed the Sierra Leonean organization Timap for Justice, which has been recognized as a pioneering model for delivering justice services in the context of a weak state and a plural legal system, as well as subsequently serving as senior counsel in the Justice Reform Group of the World Bank. 

 

Vivek was named an Ashoka Fellow in 2014 and a legal rebel by the American Bar Association in 2015. In 2016, Vivek, Namati, and the Global Legal Empowerment Network received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

Joel P. Mellis

Emeritus

Joel worked for GTE Corporation for nearly 30 years, before retiring as a Senior Officer. Prior to that, he served as Corporate Counsel for the Raytheon Corporation and a Senior Attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission. He is a former member of the Stamford Urban Redevelopment Commission, former Chairman of the Connecticut Ballet Theater, former President of Meals on Wheels in Stamford, CT., former President of the Roxbury Community Association, and current Director of the Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County.

 

Joel is an adjunct Professor of the University of New Haven, a member of the American Bar Association, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He holds a B.S. from New York University and a J.D. from Harvard University, and served his country in the U.S. Army from 1959-1960.

Patrick Murray

Patrick is a Partner and former Managing Partner of Winston & Strawn LLP’s Paris office. In addition to serving as Coordinator for legal volunteers for ISLP’s Haiti Program, Patrick serves on the Advisory Board of NGO Partners in Health, a major provider of health care for the world’s poor, and works actively with its related entity, Zanmi Lasanté-PARIS, a French NGO supporting education and rural development in Haiti’s Central Plateau.

Kathryn A. Oberly

Emeritus

Kathryn served as a Judge on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals from 2009-2013. Prior to that, she held positions as Vice Chair and General Counsel and Associate General Counsel at Ernst & Young, and was a Partner at Mayer, Brown & Platt. Before that, Kathryn served as an Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General, as an Appellate lawyer in the Land and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and as a law clerk for Judge Donald P. Lay on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

 

In addition to serving as a Director of ISLP, Kathryn is a Member of the Council of the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association, and an approved Arbitrator with CPR and FINRA. She served on the ABA’s Ethics 20/20 Commission, and is former Vice Chair of the Sheridan School Board of Trustees.

Joseph N. Onek

Emeritus

Joe is a Principal of The Raben Group, specializing in health care, national security and civil liberties. He first entered government service as a law clerk to Chief Judge David L. Bazelon of the District of Columbia Circuit and Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, and as a staffer for Senator Ted Kennedy. Joe served as a member of the White House Domestic Policy staff and as Deputy Counsel to the President during the Carter Administration, as Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General and Senior Coordinator for Rule of Law in the State Department, and as Senior Counsel to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. In the private sector, Joe was a lawyer at CLASP and at two Washington law firms.  In addition to serving as a Director of ISLP, Joe is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Chairman of the Board of CLASP.  

 

Joe holds a B.A. from Harvard College, an M.A. from the London School of Economics, which he attended as a Marshall Scholar, and a LL.B. from Yale Law School.

Ank Santens

Ank is a Partner at White & Case LLP in New York, specializing in international arbitration and serving as counsel or arbitrator in commercial, investment, construction, and insurance arbitrations around the world, under all major international as well as ad hoc and regional arbitration rules. She is Chair of the Arbitration Committee and a Member of the Board, the Advisory Council and the International Arbitration Council of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR). Additionally, Ank is a Member of the Executive Committee of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA), and serves on the ICCA-Queen Mary Task Force on Third Party Funding, the Program Committee of NYIAC, the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA), the Board of Directors of The Flemish in the World USA, and the Editorial Committee of International Arbitration Case Law.

 

Ank has been named Best in Commercial Arbitration at Euromoney’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards 2016, Rising Star of the Year at Euromoney’s Global Arbitration Awards 2014, one of 44 “Rising Stars” in the New York legal profession by New York Law Journal, 2013, and one of the world’s “45 under 45” leading international arbitration practitioners by Global Arbitration Review, 2011.

Lois J. Schiffer

Lois has been General Counsel at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration since 2010. An environmental lawyer with extensive experience in natural resources and pollution protection laws through her work in federal jobs, private practice, and non-profit organizations, from 1993-2001, Lois served as Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice, responsible for cases related to pollution, natural resources, wildlife, tribal law, and federal lands. Prior to that, Lois served as General Counsel to the National Capital Planning Commission and National Public Radio, and was in private practice at Lewis Baach. She has been an adjunct professor of environmental law at Georgetown University Law Center for 30 years, is the recipient of the Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award at Georgetown University Law Center, as well as the Edmund J. Randolph Award for outstanding service at the Department of Justice.

 

Lois holds an undergraduate degree from Radcliffe College and a law degree from Harvard Law School.

Steven H. Schulman

Steven H. Schulman leads Akin Gump’s pro bono practice worldwide.  Mr. Schulman joined Akin Gump in 2006 as its first full-time pro bono partner. Since he joined the firm, participation in the pro bono practice has increased substantially in every office and across every practice group. Under his leadership, the firm has built strong relationships with local, national and international legal services organizations and has developed experience in several areas of pro bono practice, such as representing charter schools, working with refugees and victims of human rights abuses, and providing legal counsel to military personnel and their families. Mr. Schulman maintains a substantive practice in many areas of public interest law, including human rights, immigration, assistance to military personnel and poverty law matters. He has handled dozens of asylum and other immigration cases, with a particular emphasis on complex matters, such as those involving the application of terrorism-related grounds of inadmissibility.

 

Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. Schulman led pro bono practice at Latham & Watkins, as its first pro bono counsel, from 2001 to 2004. He developed and implemented the firm’s signature Child Refugee Project, assisting unaccompanied alien children in the United States through individual representation, legislative advocacy and systemic reform. As a result of this project, thousands of children were moved from detention to foster care.

 

In private antitrust litigation, he represented clients in a variety of industries, including defense contracting and health care. In mergers and acquisitions, he represented clients in dozens of transactions before the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice. His reported merger cases include FTC v. Libbey and FTC v. Swedish Match. He also represented corporations in criminal matters and internal investigations, including the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee in its defense of a federal criminal probe into its Olympic bidding practices.

 

Mr. Schulman earned his B.A. from Brandeis University (cum laude) in1989 and his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law (cum laude) in 1994. He is on the adjunct faculty at the Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, and has also taught at Stanford Law School and the George Washington University School of Law.

Russell F. Smith III

Russell F. Smith III has worked on international environmental issues for more than 20 years.  He served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Fisheries at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  In that position he led U.S. international engagement in support of the sustainable management of fisheries, including promoting science-based decision-making and improving efforts to combat illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing.  In addition, he represented the United States as the U.S. Commissioner in several regional fisheries management organizations. 

 

Russell has also worked for the Office of the United States Trade Representative on efforts to ensure that U.S trade policy and its implementation are supportive of U.S. environmental policy, including through the promotion of the sustainable management of natural resources and ensuring that opportunities for trade and investment liberalization resulting in access to the U.S. market are used as incentives for the enhancement, and not degradation, of environmental protection.  As an attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Russell’s work included a focus on helping developing countries improve their legal systems, particularly with respect to the development and implementation of environmental laws and regulations.  He also provided advice to employees of the Division on both legal and government ethics. During his career he has worked extensively with representatives at all levels of the Executive Branch, Members of Congress and their staffs, civil society, industry and academia. 

 

Prior to his federal Executive Branch service, Russell was an associate at Spiegel & McDiarmid, a law firm in Washington, D.C. and clerked for the Honorable Douglas W. Hillman, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan.  He currently serves on the board of the Ocean Foundation and is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Michigan Law School. 

Craig Owen White

Craig is a Partner at Hahn Loeser and Parks, focused on representing and counseling established and growth-oriented companies in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, enterprise governance, financing and licensing issues both domestically and internationally. He has particular experience serving as primary outside corporate counsel to business enterprises.

 

Craig’s role as a legal advisor to businesses is complemented by his experience as a corporate counselor, which includes service as a member of Great Lakes Cheese Co., Inc., one of the largest privately-owned food companies in the U.S., and as the primary U.S. corporate counsel for Head NV, a European-based international sports equipment conglomerate. His practice experience also includes counseling clients on structuring and executing business strategies, and he has represented his clients in a wide range of transactions including asset and stock sales and purchases, joint ventures, strategic alliances, cooperative research and development agreements, trademark licensing agreements, close corporation and shareholders agreements, joint venture agreements and executive employment agreements.

 

Since 2007, Craig has been listed in the category of Corporate Governance & Compliance Law in every edition of The Best Lawyers in America, and in the editions of Ohio Super Lawyers from 2004-2006 and 2010-2015. Craig is AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Richard N. Winfield

Emeritus

Dick teaches media law at Columbia and Fordham law schools, and serves as of counsel in the international law firm of Clifford Chance (having initially been a Partner at Rogers & Wells), where he was engaged in a communications and commercial litigation practice with emphasis on First Amendment litigation. Dick was for many years General Counsel for the Associated Press, and has worked closely with American publishers and editors, defending the organization as well as other media clients in hundreds of press freedom cases.

 

Dick’s deep involvement in extending freedom of the press is reflected in his pro bono, volunteer work, teaching, and previous law practice. Having worked abroad in over 20 countries, Dick created and co-chairs ISLP’s media law working group, and in 2015 was honored by the organization with its Global Pro Bono Visionary award.  In addition to serving as ISLP’s Board Treasurer, he was chair of The Fund for Peace, a Washington-based NGO, and the World Press Freedom Committee. 

 

Dick has an undergraduate degree from Villanova University and a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. He served his country as a U.S. naval officer for four years, when he taught European history as well as U.S. diplomatic history at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Megan Gordon

Board Secretary, Volunteer

Megan is a partner in Clifford Chance’s White Collar & Regulatory group, whose practice focuses on risk management, transactional due diligence, compliance and internal investigation matters. Her work encompasses a broad range of regulatory matters arising under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), US anti-money laundering (AML) and economic sanctions laws and regulations, export controls, privacy and US data protection laws and regulations. Megan advises clients on how to manage risk exposure in a wide-variety of legal areas affecting companies and financial institutions conducting international business, as well as  multinational companies in connection with transactional risks and in designing and implementing their compliance programs.

Megan joined Clifford Chance in 2004, and was promoted to partner in 2015.

 

Megan holds an A.B. in Government from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Lorraine Sostowski

General Counsel, Volunteer

Lori is Associate General Counsel of Dartmouth, representing the College in connection with transactional matters, including research collaborations, international ventures and technology transfer transactions. Prior to that, Lori was in private practice, most recently as Partner in the Washington, DC office of Hogan Lovells where she practiced corporate and securities law and served as the Deputy Practice Group Administrator of the U.S. Corporate and Securities Group. While at Hogan, she served as an ISLP volunteer, assisting the Government of Liberia on several mineral development transactions. Lori now serves as ISLP’s Volunteer Outside General Counsel.  

 

Lori holds an A.B., magna cum laude, from Tufts University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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ISLP-UK Board

Gavin Davies

Board Chair

Nicholas Cheffings

Anthony Inglese CB

Joanna Ludlam

Patrick Murray

Tunde Ogowewo

Richard Tapp

Tim Soutar

Joseph C. Bell

Gavin Davies

Board Chair

An international corporate lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in London, Gavin has 23 years of experience acting on M&A, joint ventures, venture capital and other investments and financings. He represents corporates, financial investors and government agencies from EMEA, North America and Asia Pacific on investments into Europe and Africa.

 

In addition to being Board Chair of ISLP-UK, Gavin regularly advises the Government of Sierra Leone on inward investment matters as the founder of Fair Deal Sierra Leone, a project based out of Herbert Smith Freehills that advises the Government of Sierra Leone on a pro bono basis.

Nicholas Cheffings

Nicholas is the global Chair of Hogan Lovells, based in London, where he also heads up the real estate disputes team and international practice area. His areas of specialization include surplus property and leasehold liability transactions, corporate outsourcing and project management.

 

Nicholas has Higher Rights of Audience in the Courts of England and Wales. He frequently sits as an arbitrator as well as legal assessor to other arbitrators and independent experts. He is an accredited mediator, an Honorary Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and a member of the Council of Heart of the City. He is also the Chair of PRIME, the charity established to improve access to the legal profession for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Anthony Inglese CB

Anthony spent his civil service career in a variety of senior positions within the UK government, including head of legal at HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Ministry of Defence, and the Office of Fair Trading, as well as Deputy Treasury Solicitor and a legal adviser in the Home Office and the Attorney General’s Office. Additionally, Anthony has served on the boards of HMRC, the Treasury Solicitor, and the DTI, including as vice chair. Over the course of his career, he has trained over 2,000 government lawyers on rule of law aspects of advising Ministers on public law.

 

Anthony has worked on many high profile issues, including setting up the Crown Prosecution Service, securing the passage of bills on conspiracy, criminal attempts, official secrets, and Nazi war crimes, the creation of the first whole-life tariff for Myra Hindley, Strasbourg challenges relating to mental health restricted patients, discretionary lifers and transsexuals, domestic and EU aspects of various cartels, anti competitive practices and monopolies, the use of force and the Northern Ireland Yellow Card, the confidentiality of Special Forces’ contracts, State aid and the collapse of MG Rover, the challenge to government’s pro-nuclear White Paper, and the challenge to the coalition government’s emergency budget, among others.

 

Anthony holds both a B.A. (double first-class honours) and LLB (first-class honours) in law from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and has supervised Roman Law at Jesus College. Called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn in 1976, he has been a Bencher there since 2002. Having left civil service in 2014, Anthony now lectures at Brunel University, advises a law firm, trains and mentors lawyers, and writes for Counsel magazine.

Joanna Ludlam

Jo is a partner in the Dispute Resolution team at Baker & McKenzie in London. An English-qualified solicitor-advocate, she has particular expertise in administrative and public law disputes, media and defamation law and reputation management. Jo handles a range of regulatory and public law matters in various industry sectors, including media and broadcasting, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, financial services, cosmetics and consumer goods. Her work includes a variety of pro bono matters, the most recent of which was the high profile challenge by the Criminal Bar to the proposed Quality of Assurance Scheme for Advocates.

 

Jo is Chair of Baker & McKenzie’s EMEA Compliance & Investigations group, sits on the firm’s Global Compliance & Investigations Group steering committee, and co-leads the London office’s multi-disciplinary Compliance & Investigations team, which handles all manner of investigations cases including issues of bribery, corruption and fraud. 

Patrick Murray

Patrick Murray is a Partner and former Managing Partner of Winston & Strawn LLP’s Paris office. In addition to serving as Coordinator for legal volunteers for ISLP’s Haiti Program, Patrick serves on the Advisory Board of NGO Partners in Health, a major provider of health care for the world’s poor, and works actively with its related entity, Zanmi Lasanté-PARIS, a French NGO supporting education and rural development in Haiti’s Central Plateau.

Tunde Ogowewo

Recognized as a leading expert on UK takeover law, Tunde teaches Corporate Finance Law, Corporate Governance, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law at a postgraduate level at King’s College London, is Joint Global Hauser Professor of Law at NYU Law School, and a Visiting Professor of Corporate Governance at the National University of Singapore. He was previously co-editor of the Journal of African Law (Cambridge University Press), from 2000-2007, and is presently on the editorial board of the African Journal of International and Comparative Law (Edinburgh University Press) as well as the Securities Market Journal. Tunde has consulted for various bodies, including the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, the Presidency of Nigeria, the Queen’s Proctor, the Treasury Solicitor, and the Commonwealth Secretariat. In 2003, he co-chaired an international conference of legal experts under the auspices of the US Department of Commerce, which led to the adoption of a Model Law on Investment in Africa.

 

Tunde is professionally qualified as a Barrister (Middle Temple) and Solicitor (England and Wales), as well as Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He is a member of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is active in international commercial arbitration, having been nominated to act as Arbitrator by the Governments of Sri Lanka and Tanzania at the International Court of Arbitration, and having acted as Counsel to the Federal Republic of Nigeria in investment disputes. His expertise is regularly sought by City firms and governmental agencies in litigation in the UK, as well as ICC and ICSID arbitrations. 

 

Tunde holds an LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Ph.D. from King’s College London.

Richard Tapp

Richard is Company Secretary and Director of Legal Services at Carillion, leading on legal and regulatory matters globally. As well as heading up Carillion Legal and Carillion Secretariat, Richard also has direct responsibility for the Ethics and Compliance Office, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Communications, and Carillion Insurance, and is responsible for Carillion Advice Services, which provides a range of managed legal service offerings and resources, including as the largest provider of telephone advice services under the Legal Aid scheme. Richard has led a range of innovative legal sourcing arrangements for Carillion, including the formation and development of the Carillion Legal Network, speaks and writes on legal management and corporate governance issues, and is the co-author of Managing External Legal Resources (ICSA) and The In-House Lawyer’s Toolkit (Law Society Publishing). In 2013, Richard was named Most Innovative European In-House Lawyer at the FT Innovative Lawyers awards.

 

Prior to joining Carillion, Richard was Company Secretary and Group Legal Adviser for Blue Circle Industries PLC, a FT-SE 100 global heavy building materials business, and also established, ran and integrated in-house legal teams in North and South America, Europe, Australasia, the Middle East and Asia. 

 

Richard holds first and post-graduate degrees in Law, and a Master of Business Administration. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, a Trustee of the British Occupational Health Research Foundation, a Member of the Advisory Committee of the Centre for Ethics and Law at University College, London, and a former Member of Council as well as the Audit and Finance Committees of Sheffield University.

Tim Soutar

As a partner at Clifford Chance, Tim practiced law in their energy and infrastructure team, spending many years in Asia and as resident Managing Partner for the Gulf Region before his retirement in 2005. In addition to his work with ISLP-UK, where he manages the Tanzanian Law School Assistance Programme, Tim is Chair of the IBA Pro Bono & Access to Justice Committee and ex-Chairman of the Executive Committee of Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC.

 

Tim read Jurisprudence at St Catherine’s College, Oxford.

Joseph C. Bell

Throughout his nearly 50-year career, Joe has been a constant innovator, applying his law and policy interests to a wide range of issues. His current practice, mostly pro bono, is principally devoted to natural resource policy and concession negotiations in developing countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

 

Joe has represented governments in mining and agricultural concession negotiations and advised on tax and royalty policies, stabilization agreements, and other economic issues related to large concessions. He has also advised on general issues of transparency, governance, and institutional reform. From 1989-1990, Joe advised the Polish Ministry of Finance during the initial and most difficult stage of the country’s transformation. Joe later established the Warsaw office of Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells), while at the same time was active in Ukraine and co-founded the Project for Economic reform. Prior to private practice, Joe worked for the U.S. Justice and Treasury Departments, the Federal Energy Administration, and the Cabinet Task Force on Oil Import Control. He also taught at the Duke Law and Public Policy Schools.

 

In addition to being Board Chair of ISLP, Joe is co-Chair of the Advisory Council of the Natural Resource Governance Institute, a founding Director of the Polish American Freedom Foundation, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2010, he received the American Lawyer Life Time Achievement Award, and in 2015 was awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit by the President of Poland.

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ISLP Country Advisors

Alice Brown

South Africa/SADEC

Dinora Aleksi

Albania

Dana Swanson

Myanmar

Alice Brown

South Africa/SADEC

Alice Brown is an international human rights advocate and an expert on the use of the law for the public good. Her distinguished career has focused on civil rights litigation and social justice philanthropy, with an emphasis on institution building for NGOs.

She served for nearly two decades in leadership positions at the Ford Foundation, in their Southern African office, based in Johannesburg. Earlier in her career, she spent five years at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Alice is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a board member of Section27 and also a member of the advisory committees of the Wits Justice Project and of Lawyers Against Abuse. She is a former board member of Human Rights Watch, the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights and the South Africa – United States Fulbright Commission, and an alumna of Common Purpose South Africa.

She graduated with a BA in History (honours) from Dartmouth College, and was named an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow on graduating New York University. Alice has been a visiting adjunct professor at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Law, a fellow of the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program, and a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Dinora Aleksi

Albania

Dinora has worked on bilateral and multilateral projects in support of rule of law and governance affairs in Albania for over 20 years. She has worked at various staff levels with several well-respected international organizations as well as governmental ministries.   

 

Dinora has served progressively, as translator, project officer, Senior Project Officer and Acting Director in administrative and consulting positions for several international organizations, including the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and Democracy International (DI). During this period she has made a number of specific and important contributions to projects in Albania and Kosovo.

 

Her international experience includes working for OSCE/ODIHR in preparation for the June 2013 Parliamentary Elections and for the June 2015 Local Elections. Dinora’s most recent involvement was participating as the Election Analyst of the Coalition of Domestic Observers, in partnership with Democracy International, in order to monitor June 2017’s Parliamentary Elections in Albania.    

 

Dinora holds a Masters Degree from Tirana University and a Professional Certificate in Electoral Process delivered by the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies in London, UK.

Dana Swanson

Myanmar

Dana is currently based in Yangon, Myanmar where she supports the development of legal rights around land, property, women’s rights and access to information through capacity development of civil society organizations, legal networks and the Myanmar judiciary.   She hosts capacity development workshops with Members of Parliament, the Attorney General’s Office and district and township courts and has authored assessments on rule of law, women’s access to justice and gender action plans. Dana has managed production of the legal curriculum on case analysis and trial skills for legal aid lawyers. She is committed to identifying collaborative opportunities with UN agencies, iNGOs and local organizations.

 

In her role for the International Law Development Organization Dana researches and drafts policy papers based on interviews with key informants at IDLO-supported Rule of Law Centers in Myitkyina, Mandalay, Taunggyi and Yangon concerning local justice issues including land tenure, human trafficking and SGBV. Prior to this she was a Fullbright-Hillary Rodham Clinton Law and Public Policy Fellow focused on Women’s Access to Justice.

 

She was educated at Columbia University and Fordham University School of Law.

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ISLP Staff

Katherine Mulhern

Executive Director

Susan Hazledine

Executive Director, ISLP-UK

Seno Akpanuko

Executive Assistant

James Clark

Director, Communications

Katerina Drisi

Director, Sustainable Development

Marie Kingston

Program Director, ISLP-UK

Monika Mehta

Interim Director, Community Inclusive Development

Diana McGinley

Kapp-Essaye Fellow

Alessandra Mistura

Legal Fellow

Modupe Odele

Legal Consultant, East Africa Impacting Investing

James Reynolds

Program Director, ISLP-UK

Lisa Sweat

Director, Strategy

Katherine Mulhern

Executive Director

Katherine’s background in both international law and civil society work brings a unique and relevant combination of experience to ISLP. As a UK and US-qualified lawyer with 20 years’ of legal experience, including as a Partner at Berwin Leighton Paisner and Hogan Lovells, Katherine has represented large development and trade organizations, governments, foundations, and NGOs. Additionally, Katherine’s management, corporate governance, financial reporting and accounting, fundraising and operations experience incorporates both senior private practice work, as well as human rights organizations, where she serves on non profit and non governmental organization boards. Prior to joining ISLP, Katherine was based in Africa as Executive Director of the Institute for Human Rights and Development, a leading pan-African human rights non-governmental organization. 

 

Katherine holds both a J.D. and M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia Law School and a B.A. from Swarthmore University.

Susan Hazledine

Executive Director, ISLP-UK

Susan is an accomplished litigator and pro bono advocate with more than 20 years’ experience, including 14 years as a partner at Allen & Overy. Prior to joining ISLP, Susan was global head of Allen & Overy’s social investment program, where 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 was 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. From 2013-2015, Susan worked with Oxfam International as an ISLP volunteer, advising on global legal management issues. Prior to being appointed Executive Director of the ISLP-UK office, Susan served as a Trustee of the ISLP-UK Board.

 

Susan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Jurisprudence from Oxford University.

Seno Akpanuko

Executive Assistant

Seno joined ISLP in June 2017 as the Executive Assistant responsible for assisting the Executive Director in all matters and office management. Previously, she worked at a foreclosure law firm in Westbury, NY assisting borrowers in mediation related home retention options and underwriting. She obtained her BA from SUNY Albany June 2014 majoring in Political Science and minoring in Public Policy. While completing her studies, she wrote an analysis on the progression of civil society in Liberia according to the United Nation Human Rights Practical Guide for Civil Society. Further, she interned with the Congressional Black Caucus in which she focused on the CBC’s influence in advocating for human rights in African nations such as Zimbabwe and South Africa since its founding.

James Clark

Director, Communications

James is a senior communications specialist with experience across the media relations field. James’ previous media and communications roles have included two years in the UK Conservative Party Press Office, internal and external communications for the British Army and branding and communications for a variety of private clients for a bespoke consultancy. With his long and diverse interest in media and communications James will be growing our digital presence, thought leadership and messaging. Along with his specified role, James will also work with ISLP to improve our security protocols and provide advice and support to volunteers and staff in higher risk jurisdictions.

 

James has an undergraduate degree in History from UCL and an Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership from the Stratford Business School. 

Katerina Drisi

Director, Sustainable Development

Katerina joined ISLP in 2010, initially developing the organization’s arbitration and trade programs. As Director for Sustainable Development, Katerina Is responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring ISLP’s capacity building projects for governmental officials in the natural resource and trade and investment sectors. Prior to joining ISLP, Katerina worked as an attorney specializing in public procurement, government contracts, and concessions for large infrastructure projects in Greece and Eastern Europe. Katerina’s experience also includes internships at the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, as well as the European Commission Public Procurement Unit, DG Internal Market.

 

Katerina holds a Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Athens and Master’s Degrees (L.LMs) from the Sorbonne, Paris I and Fordham University.

Marie Kingston

Program Director, ISLP-UK

As Program Director at ISLP-UK, Marie is responsible for projects in the Economic & Social Development focus areas, several of which involve issues of anti-corruption as well. Prior to ISLP, Marie practiced banking and aviation finance law in London and Central Europe, taught law to undergraduate business and M.B.A. students, and worked as a commercial lawyer and Director of Legal for KPMG Croatia. Marie 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.

 

In addition to her legal qualifications, Marie holds a B.S. in Slavic Languages and Economics from Georgetown University, an MLitt in Slavonic Literature from Oxford University, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Universities of Zagreb and Belgrade.

Monika Mehta

Interim Director, Community Inclusive Development

Monika Mehta joined ISLP in 2017 as a Legal Officer in the Community-Inclusive Development focus area.  Previously a staff attorney for the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights Justice Defenders Program, Monika provided pro bono legal assistance to human rights activists and lawyers who faced retaliation and threats for their work in South and Southeast Asia.  Monika has worked in Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Vietnam and Namibia, where she helped draft legal arguments in support of the human right to water to be recognized by the courts and provided freely to the citizens of Namibia. 

Monika holds a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and a B.A. in International Studies (Political Science and Economics), with a minor in Law and Society, from the University of California, San Diego.  

Diana McGinley

Kapp-Essaye Fellow

Diana joined ISLP in May 2015 as a legal fellow, responsible for developing, implementing and managing ISLP’s Community-inclusive Development project portfolio in Latin America. Prior to joining ISLP, Diana worked with Javier Villegas Abogados, a well-known human rights law firm in Colombia, where she was involved in litigating cases before domestic tribunals and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights against the Colombian government for human rights violations. Prior to that, Diana worked with UNHCR, Contexto Legal, and Madre.

Diana holds a law degree from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellin, Colombia and a diploma in Advanced Studies in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from American University Washington College of Law. She is a fluent Spanish speaker.

Alessandra Mistura

Legal Fellow
Alessandra joined ISLP in 2017 as a Legal Fellow, focusing on Sustainable Development. She previously worked as a transactional lawyer at the Milan office of Allen & Overy, specializing in corporate law, and as a Research Fellow at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, where she studied the interconnections between international environmental law and international investment law. 
 
Alessandra holds a law degree with honors from the University of Parma as well as a LL.M. from Columbia Law School, focusing on international development.  
 
She is currently on secondment to the Gambian Ministry of Justice.

Modupe Odele

Legal Consultant, East Africa Impacting Investing

Moe joined ISLP in 2016 as a Legal Fellow assisting with the organization’s community-inclusive development team where she primarily focuses on projects in sub-Saharan Africa. She previously practiced as a corporate lawyer in Nigeria, interned with ISLP, and was a legal research fellow at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment.

 

Moe holds a LL.M. from Columbia Law School, where she graduated as a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar and Salzburg Cutler International Law Fellow, and was the recipient of a Parker School Certificate for Achievement in International and Comparative Law and the David W. Leebron Human Rights Fellowship. She holds a Barrister-At-Law degree from the Nigerian Law School and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Lagos State University, where she was awarded the prize of best student in the Law of Evidence.

James Reynolds

Program Director, ISLP-UK

James manages ISLP’s tax and civil society space projects.  James was previously a corporate tax lawyer at Allen & Overy and has a particular knowledge and interest around the intersection of tax and development.  He has also written and presented on media law issues, including for human rights projects in the Western Balkans.  James originally joined ISLP in October 2013 as Bertha Human Rights Fellow, in which role he developed a range of projects in support of a global network of top public interest law centres. 

 

James holds a diploma in Philosophy from St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Law and Legal Practice diplomas from the College of Law in Guildford, and a degree in Theology and History of Art from Cambridge University.

Lisa Sweat

Director, Strategy

Having joined ISLP as a legal fellow in 2012, Lisa subsequently served as Myanmar Program Officer before being appointed Associate Director for Strategy & Development. Having recently helped refine ISLP’s strategy, Lisa is responsible for working with program staff to strengthen its implementation, as well as for updating ISLP’s partners and funders with regard to the organization’s continuously evolving business, human rights and development initiatives. Before joining ISLP, Lisa was a legal intern with the Burma Lawyers’ Council in Mae Sot, Thailand, as well as the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Her prior experience also includes research assistance for The Center for Law and Security, law firms representing victims’ rights at the International Criminal Court, and for NGOs focused on international economic development, security, and human rights. 

 

Lisa holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from Emory University.

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ISLP-UK Present and Past Interns

Vidette Adjorlolo

Rosie Stanger

Radhi Shah

Sophie Hoffman

Monita Hooda

Luke Trepte

Sian McGee

Polyxeni Pentidou

Jasemine Elliott

Guy MacInnes-Manby

Chenelle Beckford

Giulia Jacovella

Catherine Tiney

Benedicte Petit

Tammie Le

Emma Thompson

Hashem Hijjawi

Rory Collett

Rahul Das Gupta

Karlina Koot

Dagmara

Macalester

Vidette Adjorlolo

Rosie Stanger

Radhi Shah

Sophie Hoffman

Monita Hooda

Luke Trepte

Sian McGee

Polyxeni Pentidou

Jasemine Elliott

Guy MacInnes-Manby

Chenelle Beckford

Giulia Jacovella

Catherine Tiney

Benedicte Petit

Tammie Le

Emma Thompson

Hashem Hijjawi

Rory Collett

Rahul Das Gupta

Karlina Koot

Dagmara

Macalester
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Our Partners

ISLP partners include experienced and dedicated lawyers from more than 50 firms and barrister’s chambers, as well as leading NGOs, which provide expertise and advocacy in support of just, accountable and inclusive development.

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NGO Partners

 

ISLP’s NGO partners strengthen our work through their valuable expertise and strong commitment to transparency and good governance. We are proud to collaborate with leading organizations, which include but are not limited to the following:

American Bar Association Center for Human Rights

Avaaz

Center for Democracy and Rule of Law

ChildPact

Child Rights International Network

Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

EarthRights International

Equal Education Law Centre

Foundation for a Unified Business Law in Africa

Global Impact Investing Network

International Law Institute – African Centre for Legal Excellence

IREX Europe

Jose Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective

Justice & Corporate Accountability Project

Legal Resources Centre

Mass Media Defence Centre

Namati

Natural Resource Governance Institute

New Markets Lab

Open Society Justice Initiative

Strathmore Extractive Industry Centre

Transparency International

Women’s Legal Center

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Our Donors

ISLP is supported by governments, foundations, corporations and individuals that include but are not limited to the following:

Law Firm Donors:
 

Akin Gump

Allen & Overy

Alston & Bird

Arnold & Porter

Ashurst

Baker & McKenzie Foundation

Berwin Leighton Paisner

Blakes

Brown Weinraub

Chaffetz Lindsey

Clifford Chance

Covington & Burling

Crowell & Moring

Dechert

Dentons

DLA Piper

Featherstonhaugh, Wiley & Clyne

Freshfields

Fried Frank

Herbert Smith Freehills

Hogan Lovells

Hughes Hubbard & Reed

Jones Day

Kirkland & Ellis

Latham & Watkins

Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz

Lewis Baach

Manatt

Mayer Brown

Morgan Lewis

Osler

Simmons & Simmons

White & Case

Wiley Rein

WilmerHale

Winston & Strawn

Zuckerman Spaeder
 

Foundation, Corporate & Government Donors:
 

African Legal Support Facility

The American Lawyer Magazine

Anonymous

Bedell Trust

Bertha Foundation

Ernst & Young

GE Foundation

IREX

IREX Europe

JAMS Foundation

Kapp Family Foundation

Moriah Fund

National Endowment for Democracy

Open Society Foundations

STEP

Thompson Family Foundation

U.K. Foreign & Commonwealth Office

U.S. Department of Commerce, Commercial Law Development Program

U.S. Embassy, Manila

U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

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Annual Reports

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2016 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

“Since our 2015 strategy refinement ISLP has continued to evolve as a leader in the pro bono space, through the tremendous enthusiasm of its volunteers and the dedication and expertise of its staff.” – Katherine Mulhern, Executive Director

 

Click here to read the ISLP Annual Report 2016

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2015 Annual Report

 

This past year has been an exciting one for ISLP. As the organization celebrated its 15th Anniversary, staff and board gave considerable thought to our value in the world, and how the field has changed since our founding.

 

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2015 Annual Report
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2014 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

 

“A simple strategy of leveling access to expertise on both sides of the table can produce outcomes that are sustainable, supportive of human rights, and strengthen the rule of law.”

 

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2013 Annual Report

 

“Our goal is to empower just development. To us, this means making legal expertise available when civil society organizations and least developed country governments need it most – when social, economic, and political changes can be guided and supported by processes that are fair and just.”

 

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2013 Annual Report
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2012 Annual Report

2012 Annual Report

 

“Impact – everyone is talking about it. Globally, the need is more urgent than ever, and ISLP is making a real difference.”

 

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