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Legal & Policy Office

Matt Pollard – Senior Legal Adviser, UN Representative, Centre for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers
Matt Pollard joined the ICJ in August 2013. He worked for the international secretariat of Amnesty International in London from 2007 until 2013, first as legal adviser on counter-terrorism and human rights, then as a senior legal adviser. From 2004 until 2007 he was legal adviser to the Association for the Prevention of Torture, in Geneva. He previously practiced as a barrister and solicitor in British Columbia, Canada. He also holds a PhD and an LLM in international human rights law from the University of Essex.


Livio Zilli – Senior Legal Adviser, UN Representative
Livio joined the ICJ in September 2013. Until mid-2013 he was the Acting Head of the refugee and migrant rights team at the international secretariat of Amnesty International in London. Livio was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2007, and is an honorary member of Garden Court Chambers in London where he practised as a barrister until 2010 focussing on asylum and immigration, criminal and public law. Before going to the bar, Livio worked at the international secretariat of Amnesty International where, since the mid-90s, he was employed in various capacities, including as researcher until 2007. Livio holds an L.L.M. in international human rights law from the Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland.


Carlos Lopez – Senior Legal Adviser, Business and Human Rights

Carlos Lopez joined the ICJ in January 2008 to lead the programme on Business and Human Rights. Carlos worked at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for six years in various capacities and posts, including the Rule of Law and Democracy, Economic and social rights and the right to development. Before, he worked for the ICJ (1998-1999), the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva (2000) and for several international human rights organizations as well as national human rights NGOs in his country, Peru. He holds a PhD and Masters in public international law (Graduate Institute of International Studies-Geneva University) and a Diploma on sociology studies. He obtained his law degree at the Catholic University of Peru.


Briony Potts – Legal Adviser for the Secretary General

Briony Potts joined the ICJ in February 2014. She studied History at the University of Warwick, holds a Masters Degree in Human Rights from Birkbeck, University of London, and a Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Law Bloomsbury. Prior to joining the ICJ, Briony worked at the UK Parliament from 2007-2014. She provides support to the ICJ Secretary-General and is responsible for liaising with the ICJ Executive Committee and Commission.

Kingsley Abbott – Senior Legal Adviser, Global Redress and Accountability

Kingsley Abbott joined the ICJ in January 2014. He works under the Legal and Policy Office and is based in the Asia & Pacific Regional Office in Bangkok, Thailand. He worked for the United Nations as a Senior Legal Officer at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia and a Trial Counsel in the Office of the Prosecutor at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in the Hague. He also practiced as a criminal barrister in New Zealand where he worked alongside a leading Queens Counsel, appearing in the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal on numerous matters for both the defence and prosecution including several trials where the charge was murder. He was admitted to the New Zealand Bar in 2002 and holds a conjoint degree in law and philosophy from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Mariam Haidara – Programme Officer

Mariam joined ICJ in August 2018. She holds an LL.M in International Human Rights Law and Practice from the University of York (the UK), and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Lisbon (Portugal). Mariam worked in different legal offices both in Africa and Europe. Prior to joining ICJ, she coordinated global policy and accountability initiatives at the headquarters of a Swiss humanitarian organization based in Lausanne, where she was also responsible for overseeing and supporting the implementation of several humanitarian projects.