Ellie is a Principal Associate of GSDM. She is a thoughtful, incisive and practical lawyer and victimologist, with a strong interdisciplinary focus. She has 15 years of experience within the International Human Rights, International Criminal Law and Humanitarian Law fields, gained through legal practice, civil society engagement and academic research. She has particular expertise in working with trauma, including within the post-conflict and justice-seeking contexts, as well as in the field of gender violence, investigation and prosecution.
After qualifying as a solicitor and working for four year with Norton Rose Fulbright in their shipping department, Ellie retrained and was employed as a researcher in the UK’s Court of Appeal before becoming Head of Research for the UK’s Immigration Advisory Service. She subsequently joined the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims (now 'Freedom from Torture'), Europe’s largest torture-treatment centre, as their Senior Researcher, designing, leading and delivering combined legal, clinical and psychological projects with a focus on fact-based policy development. She has also been a consultant for numerous legal and interdisciplinary projects.
She has worked and collaborated with legal practitioners, governmental and intergovernmental offices, medical staff, academics, think tanks and international tribunals. She also provides advice and training to journalists and documentary filmmakers on working with vulnerable and traumatised individuals, and self-care in the investigative process.
Externally, Ellie has been a Visiting Research Fellow in the Centre for Human Rights in Conflict at the University of East London; a member of The Independent Expert Advisory Panel to the UK Government on Trafficking; and a Member of the Expert Advisory Board to Freedom from Torture. She is an Associate Researcher with the Centre on Conflict and the Rule of Law in Society, based at Bournemouth University, and an Associate Member of Newcastle University’s Forum for Human Rights and Social Justice. She is also a member of the Victims’ Rights Working Group to the Coalition for the International Criminal Court.
One of her current research and publications focuses on the interactions of Law with Medicine and Psychology, including in relation to the medical and psychological documentation of international crimes (including sexual violence), the effects of trauma on the investigative and judicial processes, including its effect on memory and evidence in the court room, effective investigative approaches and the provision for victims within justice mechanisms.
Ellie is inclusive, respectful and sensitive to others. In her spare time, Ellie likes camping, running and exploring new places.