Mrs. Elise GROULX-DIGGS

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Elise Groulx Diggs practices international human rights law and international criminal law from a base in Washington DC.  She is an Associate Tenant at Doughty Street Chambers in London and admitted to practice law at the Paris Bar enabling her to advise business and institutional clients in Europe.

She is an international mediator, certified in France and certified by the IMI in The Hague.

She is a recognised leader in the field of Business and Human Rights, assisting business enterprises, risk consultancy firms and law firms to assess human rights risks in their strategic projects and supply chains. Elise is a recognized expert on international criminal law, assisting businesses in assessing the legal risks of operating in fragile states and conflict zones.

Mrs. Groulx practice is varied:  training business lawyers in the UN Guiding Principles (UNGPs);  training bank CSR officers on Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in project finance; advising French corporations on their “duty of vigilance;” advising on supply chain due diligence for conflict minerals; providing guidance on respect for human rights guidance in pipeline security (VPSHR.)

She is one of only nine (9) lawyers worldwide ranked by the Chambers and Partners Global Guide to the legal profession, which identifies the leading practitioners in the field of Business and Human Rights law. The guide comments that « Elise is deeply knowledgeable about virtually every facet of the field of business and human rights. Combined with her broad range of contacts internationally, this knowledge carries formidable weight and influence. In addition, Elise has a personal warmth and concern for the people with whom she works, which builds trust, creative energy and a sense of shared vision in her projects. »

She is also one of 15-20 lawyers worldwide ranked by the Chambers and Partners Global Guide to the legal profession, which identifies the leading practitioners in the field of Business and Human Rights law.  According to sources, Elise Groulx-Diggs of Doughty Street Chambers has « excellent strength of knowledge, professionalism, strategic approach and drive. » She is very active in the extractive industries and is generally respected for her « invaluable contributions » to the practice, one source highlighting her « impressive knowledge of the related criminal law aspects and her understanding of gaps in institutional capacity to provide remedy. » She is mainly based in Washington, DC.

Mrs. Groulx  has convened the Advisory Board of the Business and Human Rights project of th American Bar Association Center for Human Rights and has spoken on these issues for the last 10 years.

She speaks french and english fluently.

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