Amanda Ghahremani, Legal Director and Acting Managing Director

Amanda is a lawyer and also the Director of the Kirsch Institute, CCIJ’s educational division. She was formerly CCIJ’s Managing Director and currently remains as the acting Managing Director. In 2016, Amanda successfully spearheaded the international campaign #FREEHOMA to release the Canadian-Iranian political prisoner, Professor Homa Hoodfar, from Evin prison in Iran. That same year, she also founded Women’s Charters and Declarations, an online database of women’s legal advocacy tools from across the world. She co-founded Inter Gentes: the McGill Journal of International Law and Legal Pluralism, and sat as the Multimedia Chair from 2014-2016. She was also the Director of the Innocence McGill legal clinic, where she worked alongside a dedicated team of volunteers on wrongful conviction files.  Amanda has previously worked at large and medium-sized law firms, with international human rights organisations, and has volunteered and worked pro bono with many community organisations. She has also served as an editor for several Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) publications. 

Amanda earned her Bachelor’s degree at UCLA in European Studies, where she focused on minority cultures. She completed her Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney, subsequently publishing her master’s research on refugee discourse in Australia. She obtained a double law degree in common law and civil law from McGill University.

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Matt Eisenbrandt, Special Advisor

Matt Eisenbrandt has over 15 years of experience in the field of
international justice, and is one of Canada’s leading experts on universal jurisdiction prosecutions and corporate accountability for human rights violations. Matt is currently a Special Consultant to Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman on the law firm’s business and human rights cases, which include the lawsuits against Nevsun Resources and Tahoe Resources where CCIJ is also on the legal team. Matt is also a Special Advisor to CCIJ, where he spent nine years overseeing the organization’s casework on behalf of survivors seeking justice for serious human rights violations. He previously served as the Legal Director for the Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA), a U.S.-based group that holds human rights abusers accountable through legal cases, particularly under the Alien Tort Statute. He was CJA’s lead counsel in jury trials against military commanders from El Salvador and Haiti, and a member of the trial team in a lawsuit against a Salvadoran man for his role in the death-squad murder of beloved archbishop Oscar Romero.

Matt is the author of Assassination of a Saint, a book about CJA’s investigation of Romero’s killers. Matt has a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and B.A. degrees in Latin American Studies and History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Fellows

CCIJ hosts an articling student – a recent law graduate undertaking a mandatory 10-month paid placement before formally joining the profession. Through a Public Interest Articling Fellowship, the Law Foundation of Ontario has funded five years of articling positions at CCIJ (2013 to 2018).

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Guilhem de Roquefeuil, Law Foundation of Ontario Public Interest Articling Fellow

Guilhem de Roquefeuil graduated from the McGill Faculty of Law with a B.C.L./LL.B. degree (highest hons). He previously completed a Joint Honours B.A. in Political Science and International Development Studies at McGill. Guilhem has lived in several countries (Iran, the United States, Ecuador, Egypt, and Canada) after leaving his home country, France, at a young age. This global exposure has developed in Guilhem a distinct interest for international law & justice, which in turn led him to intern at the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa, coordinate McGill’s International Human Rights Internships Program, co-found Inter Gentes – The McGill Journal of International Law and Legal Pluralism, and work part-time for an immigration and refugee law firm during his studies. As research and course assistant to Professors Frederic Mégret and Nandini Ramanujam and Me. Alexander Pless, his research interests have focused on transnational legal theory, Canadian administrative law, and the many branches of public international law.

Interns

CCIJ hires interns from time to time. Interns complement the work of CCIJ’s core team through part-time and volunteer support with casework, client support, project evaluation, accounting, web and database development, and communications. They are mentored by members of the CCIJ team while gaining valuable professional experience.

Volunteers

Integral to the CCIJ team are the resourceful, professional volunteers across Canada who dedicate time and expertise in furthering the cause of international justice.

Recent volunteer contributors include:

Nanda Na Champassak and Rachel Vincent – Communications

Kim Nguyen and Barbara MacLaren – Client Support

Guy Maginzi, Andreea Floricel & Clara Merveille – Translation

Jeremy Parkin – Graphic Design