Joanna Frivet (Pupil Barrister) Guernica 37

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Before commencing pupillage, Joanna was an International Criminal Law consultant with 10 years of experience based in the Hague advising states, international governmental organisations, NGOs, defendants and victims of crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide and terrorism before domestic and international tribunals.


In 2016, she passed the Bar Professional Training Course (with a very competent grade) and was called to the Bar of England and Wales. Prior to qualifying, she was a fellow at Carr Center for Human Rights Policy of the Harvard Kennedy School where she developed and co-taught case studies on transitional justice.


Joanna also previously worked as the Special Assistant of the International Criminal Court’s Prosecutors Moreno Ocampo and Fatou Bensouda, covering over 20 conflict situations worldwide and supported the Rule of Law Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat in their work advising the Attorney General Offices of 54 commonwealth countries.


Joanna has two bachelors in law from Mauritius and the UK, which has provided her with an understanding of both civil and common law legal systems. She also has LLM in International Crime and Human Rights from Utrecht University for which she received the Huygens Excellence Scholarship and graduated cum laude. In 2008, Joanna was also a recipient of scholarships from the Center for Human Rights of the University of Pretoria and former German President Horst Köhler's “Partnership with Africa” initiative.