Senior Advisor

Elise Groulx-Diggs is an internationally recognized legal practitioner and opinion leader in the fields of international criminal law and international human rights law. She advises corporations on human rights due diligence and other aspects of the nexus between private business and public international law. She is also a recognized expert in assisting businesses assessing the legal risks of operating in fragile states and conflict zones.

A career criminal defence attorney now based in Washington DC, she is an Associate Tenant at Doughty Street Chambers in London and admitted to practice law at the Paris Bar enabling her to advise business and institutional clients in Europe. She is an international mediator, certified in France and certified by the IMI in The Hague.

Elise has been ranked for the last three years amongst the top lawyers, worldwide, by the Chambers & Partners Global Guide (London) to the legal profession, which identifies the leading practitioners in the field of Business and Human Rights law.

Elise is assisting business enterprises, risk consultancy firms and law firms to assess human rights risks in their strategic projects and supply chains. Her practice is varied: training business lawyers in the field of Business and Human Rights (UNGPs); training bank CSR officers on Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in project finance; advising French corporations on their “duty of vigilance;” advising on supply chain due diligence for conflict minerals; providing guidance on respect for human rights guidance in pipeline security (VPSHR).

Elise has also organized international conferences and given many lectures on human rights and international law in countries around the world, addressing audiences of legal practitioners, corporate decision-makers, NGOs, and governments.

Elise convenes the Advisory Board of the Business and Human Rights project of the
American Bar Association Center for Human Rights and is Vice-chair of the Business and Human Rights Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA/London). She has spoken more than one hundred times on these issues for the last 10 years and published several articles in the field both in France and in the US and was recently interviewed by the BBC.