Amanda is the Legal Director of CCIJ.
She holds a double law degree in common law and civil law from McGill University, a Master’s in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Prior to working at CCIJ, she worked at large and small law firms, at international human rights organisations focused on international justice and post-conflict reconciliation, and volunteered with community organisations dedicated to refugee and women’s rights. Amanda was nominated in 2017 and 2018 as Canadian Lawyer Magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers for her human rights work, particularly her successful legal, diplomatic, and advocacy work on the case of Professor Homa Hoodfar, a Canadian-Iranian political prisoner formerly imprisoned in Iran.
As Legal Director, Amanda leads and manages CCIJ’s legal cases and outreach projects to support survivors of atrocity crimes in seeking legal redress and holding perpetrators accountable. She is also a co-researcher on the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Grant titled “Strengthening Justice for International Crimes – A Canadian Partnership” where she is involved in strengthening the collaboration between civil society organisations, academics, and national prosecuting authorities on international justice and accountability initiatives.
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 Director of Transnational Investigations at Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman LLP with a particular focus 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.
Isabelle is a Project Coordinator at CCIJ.
She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Conflict Studies and Human Rights at the University of Ottawa and her double degree in civil law and common law at McGill University. She also holds a professional certificate in Disaster and Humanitarian Response from the McGill Humanitarian Studies Initiative. Prior to working at CCIJ, she was involved in immigration and refugee law work, both as the Coordinator of the Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law where she worked alongside the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, and at Solidarity Across Borders where she provided assistance to asylum seekers.
As the Project Coordinator of the Community Engagement in International Justice project, Isabelle coordinates the implementation of the project, which includes new multimedia that showcases CCIJ’s clients and their access to justice efforts. She is also responsible for coordinating CCIJ’s digital outreach and organising legal education workshops with affected communities as part of this project.
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 six years of articling positions at CCIJ (2013 to 2019).
Marilynn is the 2018-2019 Public Interest Articling Fellow at CCIJ.
She earned a Juris Doctor and a Licence in Civil Law from the University of Ottawa in 2017. Previously, Marilynn completed legal internships at the International Humanitarian Law department of the Canadian Red Cross and at the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Section of the Canadian Department of Justice. She also volunteered for the Philippe Kirsch Institute and Lawyers Without Borders Canada.
As CCIJ’s 2018-2019 PIAF Articling Fellow, Marilynn assists the Legal Director with research for casework and investigations to support survivors of atrocity crimes and their relatives in pursuing justice. She also supports the organization’s educational and access to justice activities. coming soon.
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.