Nicole Barrett, B.A. (Stanford University); M.I.A., cum laude (School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University); J.D., cum laude (Columbia Law School, Columbia University) is Executive Director of the Allard Prize Initiatives and Director of the International Justice and Human Rights Clinic at Allard School of Law. She was previously a Trial Lawyer and a Legal Officer for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague and a Senior Scholar in Residence at New York University Law School’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, where she directed clinical projects with international criminal courts and tribunals. From 2013-2014, Nicole was a member of the National Task Force on the Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada convened by the Canadian Women’s Foundation. She has directed major projects on human trafficking prevention for the Canadian government and has presented on human trafficking, international criminal law, human rights and corruption in international fora. Nicole has testified before government ministers and international human rights bodies on gender discrimination and anti-human trafficking laws and practices in many countries.
Before moving to Vancouver in 2009, Nicole served as an international humanitarian law advisor for the defense of several Guantanamo detainees and monitored military commissions in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for Human Rights First. She began practicing law at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City in 2003, where she specialized in complex criminal litigation and was a member of the Human Rights Committee of the New York City Bar Association. From 2001-2003, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Gerard E. Lynch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (then U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York) and the Honorable John T. Noonan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Nicole was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar at Columbia Law School and Articles Editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. She received an Honors certificate from Columbia University's Harriman Institute for her graduate work on Eastern Europe and human rights. Before law school, Nicole directed programs to promote democratic reform in Eastern Europe for the Soros Foundations in both Prague and New York City.
Julie Hunter is an international human rights lawyer specializing in indigenous rights and environmental justice. As an attorney with Blue Ocean Law, a Pacific-based practice, she works on projects related to deep sea mining, self-determination, nuclear justice, climate change, and demilitarization. From 2013-2014, she clerked for Judge András Sajó at the European Court of Human Rights and consulted for Nils Muižnieks, the Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe. She has authored influential legal policy analyses on deep sea mining, climate change, homeless encampments, and development-induced displacement, as well as a report on labor trafficking on U.S. military bases which led to President Barack Obama’s Executive Order strengthening protections against trafficking in persons in federal contracts. She assisted the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission with an international criminal law analysis of the Indian residential school system and worked on landmark Alien Tort Statute cases with human rights attorney Paul Hoffman. From 2008-2010, she worked for the Coalition for the International Criminal Court on implementation of the Rome Statute. She holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, a M.Sc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. in government from Harvard College.