Rachel is an Australian attorney with extensive experience in human rights, having worked with business, in government, judicial, academic, and civil society settings. Rachel 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 central team helping develop the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Rachel is also a Research Fellow with the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School, where she leads a project on the costs of company-community conflict in the extractive industry, which has included fieldwork with a number of mines in Peru. She has participated in expert advisory groups, including for the European Commission, and for initiatives relating to children's rights and business and to private military and security contractors. She has published on a range of legal topics, and is a regular speaker on issues related to business and human rights.
Rachel has a particular interest in the area of indigenous affairs. She has spoken at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on the relationship between business and indigenous communities, advised the Australian Federal Attorney-General's Department on indigenous affairs, and has worked with the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.
Rachel previously 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 in law.