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Mr Elise Groulx Diggs

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Elise Groulx Diggs practices international human rights law and international criminal law, with

wide experience advising public and private sector clients. She is also an accredited mediator

since 2010 and certified in France (2016) and by IMI (The International Mediation Institute) in


The Hague, since January 2017. She created two international NGOs, one which she led for 15



Elise advises corporations on human rights risks in their strategic and big footprint projects and

supply chains.  She is a recognized expert in business and human rights where she has focused

amongst others in assessing the legal risks of operating in fragile states and conflict zones.  She

advises corporations, law firms, organisations and international NGOs in the United States,

Canada, France and the United Kingdom with a focus on the UNGPs, the OECD guidelines for

Multinational, the Equator principles and the SDGs.


Elise is a thought leader and a convener of the international legal profession and has been

recognized and ranked internationally among the top 10 lawyers in the field of Business and

Human Rights (Chambers & Partners Global Guide, London,) 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 and in

February 2021 when she was ranked at the very top (Band One) and received the title “Global

Market Elite Leader”.


For the past seven years Elise was an Associate Tenant at Doughty Street Chambers in London.

She is a member the Paris Bar and is Of Counsel at Alkine et Associés, a French law in Paris. She

is also Principal of the international consulting group, BI for Business Integrity & Partners LLC,

based in Washington. D.C. (USA).


Elise offers legal advisory and training services to corporations, corporate lawyers, international

organisations, and sustainability experts in conducting human rights due diligence, human rights

impact assessment and social risk assessment. She has advised multinational corporations and a

variety of clients on a wide range of issues including: due diligence assessments for investments

in conflict-prone countries; business complicity in war crimes; corporate criminal liability;

inclusive governance and stakeholders and remediation programs for victims of grave human

rights violations occurring near mining and big footprint projects.

Elise speaks French, English, and Spanish.