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Joanna Frivet
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Called 2016

Qualified to accept Public Access Instructions



Joanna Frivet is a barrister specialising in International Criminal Law with a focus on Transnational Crime, Terrorism and International Human Rights Law. She works on international cases representing states, non-state actors, international organisations, NGOs, victims, and individuals before various international courts and UN quasi-judicial bodies, as well as on lobbying and advocacy on policy matters relating to crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide.


Current Work

Joanna is currently involved in several international high-profile matters, including advising the Panel of Experts of the Organisation of American States on Venezuela, appearing for the defendants before the Kosovo Specialist Chambers in the Hague and advising on crimes perpetrated by Russian forces in Syria and Ukraine.


Previous Experience

Before joining the Bar, Joanna has, for over ten years, advised international organisations such as the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Organisation of American States (OAS), the Rule of Law Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat; NGOs; non-state actors and victims of crimes against humanity, war crimes, terrorism and genocide in over 20 conflict situations worldwide. 


In addition to her expertise in law, Joanna’s skills include leading investigations in ongoing conflict situations, including into terrorism funding in the Middle East, developing curricula and co-teaching courses on transitional justice and investigation, including at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy of the Harvard Kennedy School, engaging in institutional development and advocacy work.



LLB, University of Mauritius (2005-2008)

LLM in International Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law, Utrecht University (cum laude) (2010-2011)

Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP Law School (2013)

Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator (2014)

Bar Professional Training Course, BPP Law School (2015-2016) (very competent)



The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple


Appointments and Awards

Fellowship Award, Harvard Kennedy School

NUFFIC, Academic Excellence Award

Summer School Scholarship, Center for Human Rights, University of Pretoria

German-African Exchange Programme Award from the Federal President of Germany 




International Criminal Law

International Human Rights Law

International Humanitarian Law

Public International Law



English (Native)

French (Native)


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