Elise Groulx


Elise practices human rights and international law and has over 25 years international experience. She assists corporations and governments on issues such as: human rights and sustainability; stakeholder engagement and responsible business conduct; and locally relevant social risk assessments and mitigation strategies, especially for investments in conflict-prone countries and fragile states businesses.

Elise is a recognised expert in international law and an opinion leader who has spoken on these issues for the last 10 years. She convenes the Advisory Board of the Business and Human Rights project of the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights and serves as an officer of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA).

Elise worked on analytical reports for a major oil and gas corporation assessing the potential liability of corporations and executives. She also designed a framework for conducting human rights due diligence assessments by an international energy corporation of business investments in weak governance zones and conflict-affected regions.

Elise provided legal advice to a management consultant on the design of a “red flags” framework for assessing the serious legal risks related to extractive projects in developing countries. She also provided a legal opinion aligned with United Nations human rights guidelines and fundamental principles of legal equity for a corporate remediation program of a mining project.

Elise is an associate tenant at Doughty Street Chambers in London and a principal of BI for Business Integrity & Partners LLC. She is licensed to practice law as a barrister and solicitor in Québec (Canada), Paris (France) and European legal institutions including the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. She trained to become an accredited mediator in 2010. She is also a licensed legal consultant in the State of New York.

In addition to his extensive professional practice, Elise has recently been appointed as a Senior Fellow of the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession at Georgetown University’s Law Center. She was educated in Montréal and has a BA in Political Science from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and a law degree, with distinction, from the Université de Montréal. She has a certificate in criminology and comparative criminal law from the Université of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) and an L.L.M. in criminology and comparative criminal law from the London School of Economics (LSE).


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