IILA’s team is comprised of international lawyers and other subject matter legal experts. IILA’s legal advisers have experience working in international law institutions as well as in providing legal advice and training to international lawyers from small and developing countries.

IILA is led by individuals from across all regions of the globe, and also works with law firms and universities who provide extra assistance on a pro bono basis.


board of directors

A group of highly experienced practitioners, and individuals drawn from international law, politics, philanthropy and the private sector, to provide oversight and advice on the direction and management of IILA

Anthony Gabriele, President
Senior Vice President, SoundCloud

Zara Hayes, Treasurer
Independent documentary director, producer, and screenwriter

Priya Mehta, Director
Assistant Dean, Strategy and External Relations, University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health

Viren Mascheranas, Secretary
Partner, King & Spaulding LLP

Adiya Dixon, Director
Founder, Yubi Beauty


Erin Wiggins, Secretary
General Counsel; TS Tech Americas, Inc. 


advisory council

A globally diverse group of 30 of the world’s leading international law experts, covering a wide range of subjects of international law, providing substantive guidance on topics and issues our State partners seek support on


Assistant Professor E. Tendayi Achiume
University of California Los Angeles (UCLA); United Nations Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance

Professor Emeritus Philip Allott
University of Cambridge; former Legal Adviser in the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office 

Professor José Enrique Alvarez
NYU School of Law, former Legal Adviser in the US Department of State

Professor Dan Bodansky
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University; former Climate Change Coordinator at the U.S. Department of State

Professor Laurence Boisson de Chazournes
Geneva University School of Law, Matrix Chambers; former Senior Counsel to the World Bank

Professor Emeritus/Judge Lucius Caflisch
Graduate Institute of International Studies Geneva; former Member of the International Law Commission; former Legal Advisor of Foreign Ministry of Switzerland; former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights

Professor Yacouba Cissé
University of Ottawa; Member of the International Law Commission

Professor Sarah Cleveland
Columbia Law School; Member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee; former Counselor on International Law to the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State

Professor Lori Damrosch
Columbia Law School, former Legal Adviser in the US Department of State

Professor Chiara Giorgetti
University of Richmond School of Law

Judge Abdul Koroma
Former Judge of the International Court of Justice; former Member of the International Law Commission

Professor Makane Moïse Mbengue
Geneva University School of Law

Ms. Kate MacKintosh
Deputy Registrar for the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia; former Head of Humanitarian Affairs and International Law, Médecins Sans Frontières

Mr. Vaclav Mikulka
Former Member of the International Law Commission; former Director of the Codification Division, Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations

Associate Professor Fabio Morosini
School of Law, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul

Justice Sandile Ngcobo
Former Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa

Dean/Professor André Nollkaemper
University of Amsterdam

Professor Georg Nolte
Humboldt University, Member of the International Law Commission

Professor Obiora Okafor
Osgoode Hall Law School of York University; United Nations Independent Expert on Human Rights and International Solidarity; former Chairperson of the United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee

Dr. Nilufer Oral
Istanbul Bilgi University; Member of the International Law Commission

Dean/Professor Mónica Pinto
University of Buenos Aires School of Law, Administrative tribunals of the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, former Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, former Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Guatemala and Chad

Mr. Richard Rogers
Global Diligence; former Principal Defender at the United Nations Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia; former Head of Legal Support for the Appeals Chamber at the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia

Professor Olivier de Schutter
Leuven University; Member of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

Professor Yuval Shany
Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Member of the Human Rights Committee

Professor Dire Tladi
Pretoria University; Member of the International Law Commission; former Legal Advisor to the South Africa Department of International Relations

Professor/Judge Tullio Treves
University of Milan, former International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

Professor Frans Viljoen
University of Pretoria

Professor Jennifer Welsh
European University Institute; Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect

Professor Andreas Zimmermann
University of Potsdam


Judge Kevin Riordan
Chief Judge of the Court Martial and Judge Advocate General; former Director-General of the Defence Legal Services, New Zealand Defence Force; Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington

Mr. Niall Meagher
Executive Director, Advisory Centre on WTO Law (ACWL)



Daniel Stewart, Founder and Legal Adviser
Daniel founded IILA in 2017, after many years working in international law at the United Nations. A graduate of Harvard and Columbia universities, Daniel has worked on international criminal accountability at the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia; protecting human rights at the European Court of Human Rights; interpreting and applying economic and social rights at the Constitutional Court of South Africa; working within the tensions of security and human rights at the Supreme Court of Israel; and assessing the responsibilities of countries for human rights, the environment and self-determination of peoples at the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands. He has taught courses on international law, international human rights, the United Nations and international courts and tribunals at Columbia, Cardozo and St. John's law schools and at the New School.


Alisha Mathew (Summer-Autumn 2019)
Alisha holds an LL.M from Columbia Law School, and an LL.B from the University of New South Wales. She has worked as a commercial lawyer and judicial clerk in Australia.

Sravya Movaa (2019)
Sravya, a 2015 LLM graduate of NYU Law, has worked on IILA's ocean protection support programs. Sravya has worked at the Indian Supreme Court and the United Nations.

Tamar Sarjveladze (Winter-Spring 2019)
Tamar, a Georgian (country not US state) 2018 Columbia LLM graduate and former legal officer at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, and now an associate at Decherts LLP, worked on IILA's UN Security Council on international law toolkit.

Kevin Minofu (2018)
Kevin, a law graduate of University of Cape Town and Columbia Law School, is from South Africa and Malawi - and IILA's first Legal Fellow. Kevin provided invaluable support with IILA's work on protecting marine life and preparing IILA's Human Rights Treaty Monitoring Toolkit.


Julia Brooks (Summer 2019)
NYU School of Law, JD 2021

Thomas Chapman (Summer 2019)
Cornell Law School, JD 2021

Anika Havaldar (Summer 2019)
Columbia Law School, JD 2019

Yardenne Kagan (Spring 2019)
Columbia Law School, LLM 2019