Cynthia Tai, Esq., Executive Director
Ms. Tai has over two decades of experience in international and domestic litigation. She served as a trial lawyer for the International Criminal Court, Office of the Prosecutor from 2007-2013. At the ICC, she was a principal member of the case of Jean-Pierre Bemba (CAR), and lead counsel on the case of William Ruto (Kenya). She was a pivotal member of the investigation strategies of both cases and conducted dozens of interviews. As a domestic prosecutor, she conducted numerous jury trials (violent crime, cold case homicides, and sexual assaults), over 500 bench trials, and thousands of contested evidentiary hearings. She is familiar with the rules of authenticity, relevance, and admissibility standards at both the national and international tribunals. Ms. Tai has also served as trial counsel in civil litigation cases domestically.
Ben Batros, Specialized Legal Consultant
Mr. Batros has 17 years experience in accountability, international criminal law, and human rights. He served as Appeals Counsel at the International Criminal Court from 2005-2010, and prior to this, worked for the Australian Attorney-Generals’ Department on Australia’s ratification, implementation and membership of the ICC (along with regional responses to people smuggling and trafficking in persons), and in private litigation practice. Since leaving the ICC, Mr. Batros has focused on strategic litigation with the Open Society Justice Initiative, where he coordinated a portfolio of 60 human rights cases and directed a summer school on strategic human rights litigation. He is currently a consultant on accountability mechanisms and human rights.
Ms. Léa Kulinowski, Senior Legal Consultant
Ms. Kulinowski leads PEJ’s investigative work in East Africa. She has 13 years of experience in the field of international justice, specialized in international criminal law, international humanitarian law and human rights. Since 2006, she worked on defence teams at International criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Ms. Kulinowski worked on investigations of international crimes, evidence analysis, case management, trial litigation, appellate litigation as well as sentencing and victims’ participation.
In addition, Ms. Kulinowski is specialized in human rights law (especially fair trial rights, freedom of expression/assembly/ association, press freedom, protection of human rights defenders, judicial reform and rule of law) and in business and human rights (particularly land disputes, labor rights, investor and supply chain mapping and corporate accountability). She worked as a consultant on Business and Human Rights issues for Global Rights Compliance, and as a legal consultant for the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, where she continues to volunteer.
Ms. Laura-Lou Moreau, Legal Consultant
Ms. Moreau works on PEJ’s investigations and strategic litigation in East Africa and Europe. She is a French lawyer with legal expertise in international law, especially human rights law, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law. Since 2013, Ms. Moreau has defended fair trial rights in both domestic and international jurisdictions. After graduating from Rotterdam University, Ms. Moreau worked for defense teams at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Additionally, during her professional training, Ms. Moreau worked with a French criminal lawyer in representing an accused in an universal jurisdiction case before the Paris Court of Appeal. In addition to her work with PEJ, Ms. Moreau works at the Khmer Rouge tribunal in Cambodia.
Ms. Sophary NOY, Legal Consultant
Ms. Noy work with PEJ as part of Liberty Shared’s Legal Impact Hub in Cambodia where she assists on capacity building for local NGOs and cross-border litigation. She is a certified expert in investigating sexual- and gender-based violence as international crimes and a member of the UN Women-JRR roster. For the last ten years, she has been working in the areas of human rights protection, international criminal law, anti-human trafficking, and fair trial rights. She holds an MA in Peace and Reconciliation studies from Coventry University, UK, and she studied Human Rights Law at the University of Hong Kong. She has an LLB graduate from the Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Ms. Sopheakmonica (Monica) Sok, Legal Consultant
Ms. Sok consults with PEJ on its investigative work in East Africa and Southeast Asia. She is a Cambodian legal professional specializing in human rights law, and she has almost ten years of experience in this area. In her current practice, she focuses on international criminal law, fair trial rights, child protection, and anti-human trafficking. Ms. Sok has also worked as a Case Manager on a defence team at the Khmer Rouge tribunal. She previously served as a paralegal at Child Protection Unit, working for child protection and monitoring cases in court proceedings. She graduated from the Royal University of Law and Economics in Phnom Penh and received her LL.B in 2011 and LL.M in 2015. She also holds a Business Administration Degree from Pannasastra University of Cambodia in 2013.
Ms. Kristin Rosella, Esq., Legal & Program Director
Ms. Rosella has almost 15 years of litigation experience and has represented victims and accused before national and international courts. Her current practice focuses on international criminal law, fair trial rights, anti-human trafficking, child protection, and transitional justice. She leads PEJ’s anti-human trafficking work in Southeast Asia as the Country Lead for Liberty Shared’s Legal Impact Hub, and she manages PEJ’s strategic litigation and other legal work involving East Africa. Ms. Rosella has also worked as a Senior Legal Consultant on a defence team at the Khmer Rouge tribunal and lectured on torts, international criminal law, regional human rights mechanisms, and legal writing at the Royal University for Law and Economics (RULE) and Pannasastra University of Cambodia. Prior to working in human rights, she was a litigation associate at Seyfarth Shaw LLP in Chicago and DLA Piper in New York. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Ms. Katie Robayo, Administrative Assistant
Ms. Robayo manages PEJ’s office, assists on grant writing and financial reporting, and generally oversees the administrative functions of PEJ’s projects in East Africa and Southeast Asia. She has almost a decade of experience working in the legal field. After attending University of Hawaii at Manoa, she began as a receptionist for a multi-firm law office in Washington State. Prior to working with PEJ, Ms. Robayo was a legal assistant for a family law attorney.
Mr. Gregory Townsend, Specialized Legal Consultant
Mr. Townsend started his legal career as a deputy public defender in Los Angeles, California. In 1998, he joined the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), prosecuting Rwandan genocide cases. He later became a prosecutor for the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Kosovo and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). He then served as the Head of Office for the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague. He joined the Special Tribunal for Lebanon as Chief Legal Advisor to the Prosecutor. He was Chief of the Registry’s Court Services Section at ICTY/IRMCT, overseeing witness protection and court operations. He presently works as a consultant and Lecturer in Law in The Hague. He is on the List of Counsel to represent victims before the International Criminal Court (ICC), Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), and Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC), and he was elected in 2018 to a three-year term on the ICC’s Advisory Committee on Legal Texts.