Rachel is an Australian attorney with extensive experience in human rights. She served for five years as senior legal advisor to Professor John Ruggie, the former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Business and Human Rights, helping develop the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. She is now Managing Director of Shift, a nonprofit center for business and human rights practice, staffed by a team that was centrally involved in shaping and writing the Guiding Principles and chaired by Prof Ruggie (www.shiftproject.org).
Rachel is also a Research Fellow with the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School, where she leads a project on the costs of company-community conflict in the extractive industry. Rachel previously served as policy advisor to the UN Special Advisor on the ‘Responsibility to Protect’, and clerked at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague and at the High Court of Australia. She has a particular interest and expertise in the area of indigenous affairs, having advised the Australian Federal Attorney-General’s Department in this field. Rachel is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, where she also lectured in law.