Matt Eisenbrandt, Legal Director
Matt has led CCIJ’s casework since 2008. He is currently based in CCIJ’s British Columbia office, with a particular focus on our business and human rights work as a member of the legal teams in the lawsuits against Nevsun Resources and Tahoe Resources. He previously served as the Legal Director for the Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA), a U.S.-based non-profit that also works to prevent torture and other severe human rights abuses by helping survivors hold perpetrators accountable through legal cases. 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 former death squad member for his role in the murder of beloved Salvadoran Archbishop, Oscar Romero. Matt is the author of Assassination of a Saint, a book about the murder of Archbishop Romero and CJA’s investigation of Romero’s killers.
Matt earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2001 and B.A. degrees in Latin American Studies and History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1997.
Amanda Ghahremani, Managing Director (also Director of the Philippe Kirsch Institute)
Amanda is a lawyer and also the Director of the Kirsch Institute. She completed her articles with CCIJ, focusing predominantly on international human rights and international criminal law. 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.
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).
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.
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.
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