Rachel is an Australian lawyer with extensive experience in business and human rights, having worked with business, in government and civil society settings. She served for five years as a legal advisor to Professor John Ruggie, the former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Business and Human Rights, as part of his core advisory team that helped develop the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
As a Research Fellow with the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School, Rachel has led ground-breaking work into the costs of company-community conflict in the extractive industry. She has participated in many expert advisory groups, including for the European Commission and initiatives relating to children's rights and to private military and security contractors. She has published on a range of legal topics, and is an experienced international speaker on issues related to business and human rights.
Rachel has a particular interest in the area of indigenous affairs. She has addressed the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues about the relationship between business and indigenous communities, advised the Australian Federal Attorney-General's Department on indigenous affairs, and worked with the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.
Previously, Rachel served as a strategy and policy advisor to the UN Special Advisor on the "Responsibility to Protect" at the International Peace Institute in New York. She clerked at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague and at the High Court of Australia. Rachel has a Masters in Law from Harvard Law School and Bachelors degrees in Law and Politics from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, where she also lectured and published in law.