Amy Sinclair, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Amy Sinclair is an international lawyer, researcher and advisor on Human Rights and Business. She is the Regional Representative for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, an international NGO that tracks the human rights impacts of companies worldwide. Amy has worked extensively in the not-for-profit sector as an adviser to NGOs and public bodies on business and human rights law, policy and advocacy. Amy is dedicated to raising awareness of human rights issues and educating human rights advocates. She is a regular public speaker and media commentator on developments Human Rights and Business law and policy.

Emeline Siale, Executive Director of PIANGO
Emeline Siale Ilolahia is the Executive Director of PIANGO and has a strong history of over 10 years of experience and track record in promoting sustainable growth and social development in the pacific region and a reputation for developing strong partnerships within the civil society sector. She has exposure in regional and global advocacy. In her previous role as Executive Director of the Civil Society Forum of Tonga, Siale was instrumental in bringing together and supporting coalitions working on issues as diverse as ethical leadership, women’s access to finance, women’s leadership and political participation, and deep-sea mining. Siale was awarded an inaugural Jose Edgardo Campos Collaborative Leadership Award in Washington DC in 2016, in recognition of her contributions to local leadership efforts in Tonga. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of the South Pacific, Graduate Diploma in Non-For-Profit Management from Unitec, New Zealand, and Graduate Diploma in Public Sector from Massey University, New Zealand.

John Southalan, Barrister

John Southalan is a lawyer, mediator and academic based in Perth, Australia. He also has the part-time role of Independent Examiner with the Australian National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises. John’s legal practice and academic work particularly focusses on the extractive sector, government regulation and human rights. He has previously worked with NGOs in Australia and Thailand, Dundee University, the Australian Human Rights Commission, and Corrs Chambers Westgarth. John writes on issues of Indigenous land rights, mining regulation, and human rights. He undertakes regular volunteer legal training with NGOs in Myanmar and Australia. W: E:

Joshua Cooper, Academic in Human Rights, USA

Joshua Cooper teaches at the University of Hawaii as well as guest lecturing at the National University of Ireland, and University of the District of Columbia and the International Training Center for Teaching Peace and Human Rights in Geneva. He lectures in political science and journalism, non-violent social movements, ecological justice in Oceania and Indigenous peoples' rights.  Joshua has also had a number of leadership and supervisory roles, including as an Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellow at the East-West Center, Board member of Peace Action, the Human Rights Task Force for the United National Association of the USA. Joshua has also been selected to work with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore on The Climate Project.

Justine Nolan, Professor, Faculty of Law at UNSW, Australia

Justine is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at UNSW Sydney. She is a Visiting Professorial Scholar at NYU's Stern Center for Business and Human Rights. Justine's research focuses on the intersection of business and human rights, in particular, corporate responsibility for human rights and modern slavery. She teaches international human rights law and related courses on global law, development, globalisation and business and human rights.

Prior to joining UNSW in 2004, she worked as the Director of the Business and Human Rights program at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First) in the USA. This work examined ways in which to prevent and redress corporate violations of human rights. During this time Justine advised both companies and non-governmental organisations on effective strategies to protect human rights in the corporate sphere and was closely involved in the establishment of the Fair Labor Association.

Matthew Coghlan, Human Rights Lawyer, Australia
Matthew is a Southeast Asian expert with a post–graduate degree in the region’s political systems and foreign policy, and 16 years living in Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia and working throughout the region. Development practitioner and human rights advocate with 12 years of experience in strategic planning, program management and M&E, and policy analysis, technical assistance and capacity building, to strengthen the rule of law, promote access to justice, achieve human rights and support civil society. Dispute resolution lawyer with five years of experience, advising and representing clients in trade and investment disputes.

Patrick Earle, Executive Director of Diplomacy Training Program

Patrick Earle has over 20 years’ experience working in the human rights movement, both in Australia and internationally.  Since 2003 Patrick has been the Executive Director of the Diplomacy Training Program, and in this role has developed and facilitated over 50 human rights courses in the region – including new thematic courses focusing on human rights business, human rights and migrant workers and the rights of Indigenous peoples.  From 1996 until 2003, Patrick worked with the Human Rights Council of Australia with a focus on its ground-breaking project on the relationship between human rights and development and is co-author of “The Rights Way to Development – Policy and Practice”. Prior to that he worked for Amnesty International in London and produced their first International Campaigning Manual.

Robert Vaughan, Human Rights Officer, OHCHR-ROP, Fiji

Robert is a human rights officer at the United Nations Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). He holds a BA in Business and Combined Studies and an MA in International Development Studies. As a human rights officer, he has worked in a number of OHCHR country and regional offices, including; Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Cambodia, Thailand, South Sudan, and in the OHCHR headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Whilst in the field he has conducted first-hand monitoring and investigating into human rights violations and abuses. As geographical desk officer in Geneva Robert has covered over 60 countries, in all regions of the globe, and provided specialised support to the Special Rapporteurs of Myanmar, Cambodia, and Israeli and the Occupied Palestine Territories. He has also conducted thematic work / reports in the areas of; the right to food, land and housing rights, business and human rights; social inequality; the rights of peasants and rural people; and children deprived of liberty. Robert is currently based in OHCHR Regional Office for the Pacific (ROP) and is the focal point for climate change, environment, migration, business and human rights and economic, social and cultural rights.


Surya Deva, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Surya Deva is an Associate Professor at the School of Law, City University Hong Kong and member of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights. Deva’s research and publications have contributed substantially to the areas of Business and Human Rights. He has also previously advised UN/EU bodies, states, multinational corporations and civil society organisations on matters related to business and human rights.  Surya has authored several books on business and human rights, including Building a Treaty on Business and Human Rights: Context and Contours (co-editor with David Bilchitz) (CUP, 2017); Human Rights Obligations of Business: Beyond the Corporate Responsibility to Respect? (Co-editor with David Bilchitz) (CUP, 2013); and Regulating Corporate Human Rights Violations: Humanizing Business (Routledge, 2012).  He is one of the founding Editors-in-Chief of the Business and Human Rights Journal (CUP).