Team Synceritas

We are an international team of world-class human rights practitioners engaged in the endeavour of providing expert independent risk mitigation and auditing services to business enterprises, transnational corporations, governments and intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations.

Our collective skills give you access to phenomenal expertise in all areas of international human rights auditing practice to help your organisation identify risks and avoid bad decisions.
Paul R Beckett

Paul R Beckett Paul Beckett M.A, MSt (Oxon), FRSA, MCIArb, TEP

Advocate & Solicitor

Isle of Man and United Kingdom

Paul Beckett is a member of the Isle of Man Bar and an English Solicitor with almost forty years' experience as a lawyer and executive director, working within Swiss private banking, international fiduciary services industries and in private practice. He has considerable regulatory experience at a client and at a quasi-judicial level.

Expertise

Paul takes a special interest in corporate governance, including the abusive potential of offshore planning strategies. His focus is on the use of corporations and partnerships, funds, insurance and pension structures and trusts. In his most recent book Tax Havens and International Human Rights (Routledge, London and New York October 2017) he draws on his extensive knowledge of international human rights to synthesise trans-jurisdictional solutions to problems of accountability avoidance both on- and off-shore.

Over many years and in his capacity as Chairman of the Financial Services Tribunal, Collective Investment Schemes Tribunal and Data Protection Tribunal in the Isle of Man he was called upon to exercise quasi-judicial authority.

He is active in transactional matters and in dispute resolution for a wide range of commercial clients, both domestic and international. Having himself designed compliant international structures for decades, he has a keen instinct for when corruption, bribery, money laundering and potential terrorist financing elements are present in the structures of those others which he is called on to analyse and to pursue. He is equally at home in the consulting room as in Court.

Qualifications

Paul's academic work extends over five decades. Awarded an Open Scholarship to Worcester College, Oxford in 1975, he graduated in 1978 with First Class honours in Jurisprudence, being awarded his Master of Arts in 1982. He is also a member of New College, Oxford and completed a Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law in 2014. He has been widely published* and is regularly called on to speak at conferences and seminars.

List of publications
  • Offshore Trusts (Contributor) (Kluwer Law International, 1996)
  • Limiting Liability of Professional Partnerships (Co-author) (Jordans, London 1998)
  • International Insurance Law and Regulation (Isle of Man chapter) (Sweet & Maxwell, London first published 1998, current edition 2017)
  • Essays on Human Rights: A Celebration of the Life of Dr Janusz Kochanowski (Contributor) (Ius et Lex Foundation, Warsaw 2014)
  • "Coincidence, synchronicity or symbiosis? Catholicism and the work of the ILO" (Essay) (Revista Derecho Social y Empresa, No. 3, July 2015, Madrid)
  • Digest of Commercial Laws of the World (Isle of Man chapter) (Thomson Reuters, USA, 2016, current edition 2018)
  • Tax Havens and International Human Rights (Author) (Routledge, London / New York, 2017)
  • "Beneficial Ownership of Companies G20 High-Level Principles" (Comparative Law Yearbook of International Business, Wolters Kluwer, The Netherlands 2017)
  • International Taxation of Low-Tax Jurisdictions (Isle of Man chapter) (Juris, USA – in preparation; publication due early 2019)

Memberships

Paul is a member of the Solicitor Judges Division, Law Society of England and Wales and of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Bellinda R. Chinowawa

Bellinda R. Chinowawa LL.B (UZ), LL.M (Columbia)

Human Rights Lawyer

Zimbabwe

A career human rights lawyer, Bellinda works for the Access to Justice Project of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights. She has a wealth of experience in human rights litigation and has engaged in strategic impact litigation through the filing of test cases in the superior courts of Zimbabwe, and before the African Commission on Human and People's Rights. Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) was established in 1996 by human rights lawyers who identified a need to create an association of lawyers with interest and expertise in the promotion and protection of human rights. The organisation was set up as a membership organisation with the legal status of a universitas, open to lawyers and law students and was subsequently registered as a legal aid clinic with the Law Society of Zimbabwe.

The organisation also registered as a charitable Trust in 2004. Its objective is to foster a culture of human rights in Zimbabwe as well as encourage the growth and strengthening of human rights at all levels of society through observance of the Rule of Just Law. ZLHR is committed to upholding respect for the Rule of Just Law and the unimpeded administration of justice, free and fair elections, the free flow of information and the protection of constitutional rights and freedoms in Zimbabwe and the surrounding region.

She holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) from Columbia University in the City of New York, and is studying towards a Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford.

Benedict Coyne

Benedict Coyne MSt IHRL (Dist.)(Oxon), LLB (Hons I)(SCU), GDLP (ANU), BA (Hist.)(Murdoch), Dip. Counselling (Sophia College)

Human Rights Lawyer

Australia

Benedict is the current national President of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) and a human rights lawyer and advocate based at a boutique firm in Brisbane. He runs a human rights advocacy and litigation practice with a wide array of public interest cases. Benedict has been an ALHR member since 2008 and actively involved since 2012 and he absolutely loves it!

In 2016, Benedict graduated with Distinction (highest award) from a Master of Studies (MSt) in International Human Rights Law (IHRL) at the University of Oxford. Benedict graduated from Southern Cross University in 2010 with first class honours, a University Medal for outstanding academic achievement and various other awards. In 2014, Benedict was awarded the national Emerging Lawyer of the Year Award by the Australian Lawyer's Alliance and Amnesty International. In the same year, he was awarded two 2014 Southern Cross University Young Alumnus of the Year Awards. In 2013, Benedict initiated and was part of the Baby Ferouz legal team and was awarded the 2015 Australian Lawyers Alliance (Qld) Civil Justice Award.

Benedict is frequently published on and invited to speak at various Universities and public events on topical issues in human rights law. In December 2014, Benedict initiated national ALHR Human Rights Act subcommittee and over the past 24 months he has been a central part of spearheading the exciting successful campaign for a Queensland Human Rights Act.

Benedict also holds the following extracurricular appointments:

· Member of the Policy Advisory Council of the Grata Fund for Public Interest Litigation;
· Member of the Digital Rights Watch Advisory Council;
· Board Member of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA);
· Regional Correspondent (Asia-Pacific) of the Oxford University Human Rights Hub blog.
· Judge of the 2017 Lawyers Weekly National Law Partner of the Year Awards;

Benedict is also an award-winning slam poet and passionate historian.

Jake Okechukwu Effoduh

Jake Okechukwu Effoduh LL.B (Hons), MSt IHRL (Oxon), B.L (Hons)

Assistant Director and Fellow at Council on African Security and Development

Nigeria

  • In 2015, Ventureburn.com listed Jake as one of 50 Africans who would transform the continent

Jake is an experienced anti-corruption lawyer with a demonstrated history of working for the executive branch of the Nigerian Government and in the human rights sector and media industry. He is skilled in strategy, litigation, negotiation and advocacy.  He is also a media and communication professional experienced in radio journalism.  He holds the Master's in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford and the Master's in Law from the Osgoode Hall Law School in Canada.

Expertise

Jake is engaged in anti-corruption work as Legal Officer at a think-tank advising on the prosecution of corruption charges and criminal justice law reform in Nigeria. He is also an Assistant Director and a Fellow of the Council on African Security and Development (CASADE) - a non-profit research-driven collective of experts and academics that carry out specific projects and offer guidance and legal counsel to African ministries, agencies, universities and international organizations.

Qualifications

Jake graduated from the University of Abuja with an LL.B. honours in 2010 and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 2012 after qualifying with honours from the Nigerian Law School. In 2016 he graduated from the University of Oxford with the Master's in International Human Rights Law.

Awards
  • International Law Research Scholar, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Canada (2017)
  • Distinguished Hubert Humphrey Leadership Award, U.S. Department of State (2016)
  • Distinguished Dutch Visitors Award, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands (2016)
  • African Broadcaster of the Year (2016)
  • Africa Youth Choice Award for Human Rights and Advocacy (2015)
  • Ambassador, National Deaf Women Association of Nigeria (2015)
  • Future Awards Prize for Best in Community Activism in Africa (2014)
  • Best Community Journalist, Nigeria Radio Awards (2012)
Penny Ehrhardt

Penny Ehrhardt MSt (Oxon), LLB, BA(Hons)

Human Rights and Social Policy Consultant

New Zealand

With over 20 years consulting experience, Penny Ehrhardt is passionate about working with governments, tribunals, private enterprise, NGOs and the media to achieve robust human rights outcomes. A highly regarded research, policy and evaluation specialist, Penny has published widely on gender, minorities, and indigenous issues including land rights, gender-based violence, health rights, and emergency preparedness.

Penny completed the Masters of Studies in International Human Rights Law at Oxford University in 2014, where she coordinated the Oxford University Business and Human Rights Law response to the proposed International Arbitration Tribunal on Business and Human Rights. She is a member of the bar of the High Court of New Zealand, and contributed to the World Bank’s review of Women, Business and Law (2016).

Previously, Penny served as policy advisor to New Zealand’s Chief Human Right Commissioner addressing regional Asia-Pacific human rights issues. She has been an accredited Mediator and is a recipient of the LEADR Prize for Dispute Resolution. Her background also includes accreditation in health auditing and ethics committee experience.

Penny is known for her persuasive advocacy, analytical integrity, and ability to wrestle ‘wicked problems’ into workable solutions. 

Tatiana Gos

Tatiana Gos LL.B (Hons) (Buenos Aires), M.St. (Oxon.)

International Law and Human Rights Consultant

Panama City

Tatiana has 8 years of substantial experience as an attorney and international law and human rights practitioner, with responsibilities involving strategic project implementation, national and international litigation, and report elaboration. She has worked in multi-cultural settings and different sectors including the private sector, government, non-governmental organizations and the Organization of American States. She is a native Spanish speaker, completely fluent in English and proficient in French.


Since 2013, Tatiana works as a consultant based in Panama City, Panama. As a consultant, she interacts with multiple stakeholders in the framework of regional projects on human rights, individual cases of human rights violations, and projects regarding business, due diligence and human rights and the international legal framework to prevent money laundering, financing of terrorism, bribery and tax avoidance. In the past, she has worked as Human Rights Specialist at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and as a lawyer at the General Public Defender's Office in Argentina.


She holds a law degree from the University of Buenos Aires and a Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford.

Kathleen Maloney

Kathleen Maloney B.A, M.A (Stanford University) , J.D., M.St. (Oxon.)

Professor of International Criminal Law and International Human Rights Law

United States

Kathleen Maloney teaches International Criminal Law and International Human Rights Law at Lewis & Clark Law School in the United States. Six years ago, as a professor at Willamette University Law School's International Human Rights Clinic, she directed an in-depth human rights report on Modern Day Slavery in Oregon, published in 2010. She currently serves on Portland's Human Trafficking Task Force, organizing free legal clinics for immigrants and migrant workers in the region.


After practicing both civil and criminal law in the United States, Kathleen was selected to serve as a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. As a legal advisor to Judge Navi Pillay, and other Appeals Chamber Judges once Judge Pillay became the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kathleen worked on appeals involving war crimes and of crimes against humanity, particularly focusing on victims' rights to participate in investigation, pretrial, and trial stages of cases from Uganda, the Sudan (Darfur), the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Central African Republic.


During the past three decades, Kathleen has worked with many non-governmental organizations, advocating for gender justice, human rights, international development, and children's rights, among other causes. After working in a small village on rural health care in Sierra Leone, she spent almost two years as a Fulbright Scholar conducting field studies on marginalized and poor women in India through the Institute for Social Studies Trust. Fluent in French, Kathleen worked in Geneva on disarmament, peace, and human rights issues through the United Nations and the International Women's League for Peace and Freedom.

As co-founder and board member of Just Planet, an international human rights NGO, Kathleen is working on emerging human rights projects and reports. She is the author of academic, feature, and op-ed articles published in different journals at home and abroad. Currently, Kathleen is completing a legal article on forced marriage and prosecuting atrocities against girls in armed conflict. Kathleen holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Stanford University, a J.D. summa cum laude from University of Arizona's College of Law, and a Master of Studies (awarded with distinction) in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford.

José Parra

José Parra MA and MAS, M.St. (Oxon.)

Human Rights and Development Consultant

Geneva

With over 15 years of professional experience, José Parra worked for human rights non-governmental organizations, the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

José Parra provides advisory services for integrating human rights into development, with a focus on applied research and human rights impact assessment. He is a recognized specialist on the rights of indigenous peoples and minorities.

He holds a Master of Arts and a Master of Advanced Studies in Political Science of the University of Geneva and a Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law of the University of Oxford.

Fluent in English, Spanish and French, he is known to be perseverant and able to work in different institutional and cultural contexts.

Annabel Webb

Annabel Webb B.A., M.A. (University BC) M.St. (Oxon)

Human Rights Consultant

Canada

Annabel Webb has worked for over two decades in human rights NGOs, promoting the rights of women and girls across a broad range of social and environmental justice issues. Annabel has extensive, on the ground experience in human rights investigations and advocacy, as well as credentials in international human rights law. Her areas of expertise include women’s and girls’ rights, children’s rights, human rights and the environment, rights of indigenous peoples, and human rights in relation to extractive industries. Annabel was the 2009 Social Justice visiting scholar at Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia and holds a B.A. and M.A. in psychology (First Class) from the University of British Columbia, and a Master of Studies (with Distinction) in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford.

Glen William Woodroffe

Glen William Woodroffe MSt IHRL (Dist.) (Oxon), LLB (Hons, First Class), PGDip Legal Practice at the Bar (VC), MCIArb, FRSA

University Lecturer in Law, Business & Human Rights Consultant & Arbitrator

United Kingdom, Ireland and Cyprus

Glen William is an academic with significant experience in the delivery of higher education courses in law and alternative dispute resolution. He is a lecturer in law at one of the largest universities in the United Kingdom, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate degree courses in criminal law and evidence and professional programmes in arbitration practise and courtroom advocacy.  He has taught in a variety of jurisdictions including Mauritius and Cyprus.

Expertise

Prior to entering academia, Glen William practised as a consultant in the field of employment and discrimination law. He specialised in defending small to medium-sized enterprises and corporations in employment tribunal proceedings in the United Kingdom and British Isles. In his former position as managing director of a community interest company (a UK registered social enterprise) he trained social entrepreneurs and devised and ran initiatives raising public awareness about human trafficking. He has previous experience of providing information technology training to adults, with a specific focus on addressing the digital divide in deprived communities. In his capacity as a founding director of a Geneva-based international human rights NGO he has begun to acquire experience of conducting civil society advocacy at the United Nations as part of a team of human rights specialists.

A qualified arbitrator and member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Glen William has a special interest in the design, implementation and use of arbitral processes and grievance mechanisms to resolve international and transnational disputes arising between individuals and states and individuals and business enterprises - in particular those disputes that concern domestic and international human rights law, slavery, human trafficking and forced and bonded labour.  His understanding of the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration and familiarity with UNIDROIT Principles on Commercial Contracts and the jurisprudence of mass claims processes gives Glen William a unique insight at the intersection between public and private international law.

Qualifications

When reading the Master's in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford, from which he graduated with distinction, Glen William specialised in the study of business and human rights, comparative regional human rights law, the protection of minorities and indigenous peoples and transitional justice. His thesis focused on the human rights implications of bioengineering and human cloning and this research continues in respect of the human rights implications of exponential technologies. He has a first-class Bachelor of Laws with honours (LLB, University of Central Lancashire) and holds the Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Professional Training (Bar Professional Training Course, England and Wales) to a very competent standard, for which he was ranked sixth highest in the year overall and within the top-ten for advocacy performance at Manchester Metropolitan University.  He attained the Advanced Certificate in Domestic Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London) in 2016.

Awards
  • Bar Professional Training Course 2011 Exhibition Award and Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Scholarship awarded by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple (London)
  • Nominated for the Richard Isaacson Memorial Scholarship Fund for coming within the top-ten position of highest graded students on the Bar Professional Training Course at Manchester Metropolitan University, 2011
  • Maxwell Law Prize for Best Final Year Performance on the Bachelor of Laws with Honours programme, University of Central Lancashire, 2011
  • Oxford University Press Prize for Outstanding Performance in European Union Law, University of Central Lancashire, 2010

Memberships

  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)
  • Member of the Society of Legal Scholars
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)

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