Akila Radhakrishnan is the President of the Global Justice Center. She directs GJC’s strategies and efforts to establish legal precedents protecting human rights and ensuring gender equality. In 2010, she helped to conceptualize GJC’s August 12th Campaign to ensure access to abortion services for girls and women raped in war as a matter of right and has since led legal and advocacy efforts on the project. Akila also leads GJC’s Gender and Genocide project, including to ensure justice and accountability for the Yazidi genocide and is a key member of GJC’s Burma project team. In her role, Akila has authored numerous shadow reports, legal briefs and advocacy documents and provided legal expertise to domestic and international stakeholders and policymakers, including the International Criminal Court, the United Nations, the European Union and state governments. Akila has been published widely on issues of international law, gender equality and human rights, including in the New York Times, Time, The Atlantic, Women Under Siege, Ms. Magazine, and Rewire.
Prior to the Global Justice Center, she has worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, DPK Consulting and Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP. Akila received her J.D. with a concentration in international law from the University of California, Hastings and holds a B.A. in Political Science and Art History from the University of California, Davis.
Phyu Phyu Sann
Senior Burma Researcher; Director of Operations
Phyu Phyu Sann carries out a wide range of research on Burma on legal, political, constitutional and gender related issues. She collaborates with key partners, including Burmese and ethnic groups, women's groups, UN agencies, and human rights NGOs as part of the GJC's project on Criminal Accountability for Heinous Crimes in Burma, which aims to uphold international commitments to the rule of law.
Ms. Sann joined the Global Justice Center in 2006 as a research intern. Prior, Ms. Sann earned her Master of Arts in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management at the School for International Training (SIT) in Brattleboro, Vermont. Prior to her studies at SIT, Ms. Sann has also worked in the field of social, economic and project related research for local and international NGOs in Burma.
Ms. Sann received her MBA from the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand and her BA from Yangon University with a concentration in International Relations. She was also a recipient of the scholarship from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) for her MBA degree and Fujitsu Asia Pacific Scholarship for Intercultural Management Program at the Japan American Institute of Management Sciences, Honolulu, Hawaii. Ms. Sann is a native of Rakhine (Arakan), in the western part of Burma.
Michelle Onello is an attorney serving as a consultant to the Global Justice Center on international human rights issues. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and The Johns Hopkins University, including its SAIS Bologna Center. Following law school, she was a Luce Scholar working for the Phuket Provincial Governor in Thailand. Michelle was an Associate in the New York office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, where she focused on international financial transactions. Michelle left everyday law practice to become a full-time caretaker for her four children.
Deputy Legal Director
Grant Shubin holds expertise in international law and conflict resolution and supports all of GJC’s legal projects with research, writing, editing, and coordination. He has contributed to GJC’s shadow report submissions to human rights treaty bodies, as well as legal briefings to the Human Rights Council, the UN Secretary General, the Special Rapporteur on Sexual Violence in Conflict, the International Criminal Court, the European Commission and European Parliament, and various national level policymakers. He has published and spoken on international legal issues ranging from the human rights implications of identity politics and the law governing peace agreements. Mr. Shubin graduated from University of California Hastings College of the Law in May 2013. Prior to his time at GJC, Grant was both an associate attorney at a small litigation firm in San Francisco and a staff attorney at a legal services organization offering pro bono representation for low income members of San Francisco's most marginalized communities. His scope of practice ranged from family law to business litigation to criminal defense to administrative law.
Grants and Development Manager
Danielle Stouck is the Grants and Development Manager at the Global Justice Center, where she supports fund development and growth across the organization’s programs. Prior to joining the Global Justice Center, Danielle oversaw fund development and external communications for the Human Rights Funders Network (HRFN) – a global network of grantmaking institutions committed to advancing human rights through effective philanthropy. At the HRFN, Danielle provided research and convening support to funder-only working groups, served as a liaison to network members and helped to translate the organization’s strategic plan into a learning, monitoring and evaluation framework. Holding expertise in forced displacement, gender equality and refugee rights, Danielle has also worked with organizations including the Women’s Refugee Commission, the World Food Programme, and the Near East Foundation and Public Agenda. Danielle holds a Master’s Degree in international affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a Bachelor’s Degree in middle eastern studies and human rights from Barnard College.
Liz Olson is the Communications Manager at the Global Justice Center. Prior to joining GJC, Liz was based out of Beijing, where she worked as the International Communications and Development Coordinator at the Shangri-la Institute for Sustainable Communities, and as an analyst at China Policy. She also interned at International Bridges to Justice, and at the Committee to Support Chinese Lawyers based out of the Leitner Center at Fordham Law School. Liz holds a B.A. in history from Reed College.
Elena Sarver is a Legal Fellow at the Global Justice Center and holds a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. While in law school, Elena participated in two year-long clinics, the Innocence Project as well as the Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic, where she researched sexual and gender-based violence crimes for regional human rights litigation. She also interned at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. Elena received her B.A. in Political Science from Macalester College and studied abroad in Egypt at the American University in Cairo.
Kristin Smith is a Legal Fellow at the Global Justice Center. She holds a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, where she focused on international justice and the intersection of international and national law. While in law school, Kristin interned at a legal aid organization in Accra, Ghana and the American Bar Association’s International Criminal Court Project. Before joining GJC, she interned at the U.S. Department of State, worked as a legislative analyst and criminal prosecutor in Oregon, and worked as the Fellow at the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute where she contributed to human rights and international legal research through the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative and supervised student research on academic projects. She holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in American Studies and Studio Art.
Merrite Johnson is the Executive Assistant at the Global Justice Center. She holds a Master’s degree in Comparative Politics from New York University, where her thesis work examined how women have increased their political participation in post-conflict countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Merrite received her B.A. in Politics from NYU and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. Prior to joining GJC, she worked in client relations at a business management firm.
Heather Bordner is the Operations Assistant at the Global Justice Center. Heather is a recent graduate of St. Francis College in Brooklyn, with a B.A. in European Studies and a minor in Economics. During her time at St. Francis she studied abroad for a summer semester in Segovia, Spain; worked full-time; and interned at several human rights organizations. In the spring of 2016 Heather worked part-time for Amnesty International, assisting with organizing and running their annual conference.