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Jessica Walsh
Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law
Jessica’s main interest has always been in comparative law, employing a socio-legal approach to understand the interaction between laws and their socio-political context. She has knowledge of several legal systems, having studied French and German law at undergraduate level (on the Integrated Common Programme run jointly by the universities of Warwick, the Saarland, and Lille II), and having worked in legal practice in both Spain and England. Her current research focuses on Latin America (and Argentina specifically).

She qualified as a Solicitor with law firm Davies Arnold Cooper LLP (now DAC Beachcroft LLP), having previously worked at Spanish law firm Balaguer, Morera & Asociados. During her time in practice, she worked predominantly on international commercial dispute resolution (fraud, banking, and construction sector disputes) and corporate law.

Jessica retains a strong interest in European Union law, having graduated from Warwick University with an LL.B. in European Law, and a Certificate of Integrated Legal Studies. She currently convenes undergraduate modules on European Union law and Competition law.

Dr. Jean-Pierre Gauci
BIICL research fellow in Public International Law
Dr. Jean-Pierre Gauci is a BIICL research fellow in Public International Law. Recruited in 2015 as a research coordinator for the British Influences on International Law Project, his role was extended to that of research fellow in August 2015. Jean-Pierre holds a PhD in Law from King’s College London with research that focused on trafficking based asylum claims. He also holds a Doctor of Laws and Magister Juris in International Law from the University of Malta. Beyond his work at the institute, Jean-Pierre is also a director of The People for Change Foundation, a human rights think-tank based in Malta. He lectures International Migration law and Ocean governance at the University of Malta and runs two summer school programs at King’s College London on international law and international refugee law.

He has experience of research, lobbying and proactive action in the fields of migration and asylum law, human trafficking and anti-discrimination as well as teaching experience in various international and domestic legal issues. He consults widely to national and international governmental and non-governmental organisations.

His primary research areas include international migration and refugee law. He has co-edited two books published in 2015, namely: Forced Migration(s): Current Challenges in Refugee Law; (Edited with M. Giuffre and E. Tsourdi) (Brill, 2015) and A Liberal Tide: Trends in Latin American Migration Policy (Edited with D. Cantor and F. Freire (ILAS, 2015)

Joel Martinez, Director of Engagement, World Justice Project (WJP)
Joel U. Martinez
Director of Engagment – World Justice Project

Mr. Joel Martinez is a Program Manager for The World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index. Prior to joining the WJP, Mr. Martinez worked with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination in its enforcement of anti-discrimination laws, focusing on outreach to low income communities. Mr. Martinez has traveled throughout Latin America and Europe, and studied at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, Spain.

Mr. Martinez earned his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Middlebury College.

Patrick Goodness
CEO: The Goodness Company
Patrick Goodness trades in the currency of ideas: Powerful, thought-provoking, paradigm-shifting ideas that transform corporations and give his clients a dramatic competitive edge. Under his watchful eye and experienced direction, ideas are crafted into concepts, and find life as vibrant brands that position his clients for lasting success.

Goodness has been featured as a marketing consultant on Fox Business News, CNN, The Washington Post, Dallas Morning News, Newsweek and many other international media vehicles.  He is a seasoned media specialist and a respected public relations corporate communications consultant.

Goodness began his career with the illustrious Leo Burnett Company in Chicago, and cut his advertising, marketing and public relations teeth on such accounts as Oldsmobile, United Airlines, Nintendo, Tropicana and Philip Morris Companies. In 1994, Goodness founded his namesake agency, The Goodness Company, and earned blue chip clients including the US Federal Government, Microsoft, Allstate Insurance, Allegiance Healthcare, The Swiss Colony, Chase Manhattan Bank, TCF Bank, American Airlines, Restaurant.com, the American Lung Association and many others.

Patrick’s successful track record with client relationships is the primary reason The Goodness Company has held tight to valued clientele while most agencies experience dramatic annual client turnover. His ability to understand critical brand nuances and to communicate these differences through marketing that resonates with meaning and purpose has earned the respect of many industry leaders. In fact, Advertising Age Magazine recognized The Goodness Company in 2003 as the smallest agency in the US with multiple Fortune 500 accounts.

The Goodness Company has executed project work in more than 45 countries on five continents, with experience in branding, global marketing, advertising and public relations.  Quite simply, Patrick is an “ideas man,” taking great pride in his ability to listen, craft brands and communicate ideas that resonate with meaning and deliver results.  His enthusiasm for his work is matched only by his desire to form long lasting friendships with his valued client partners.

Patrick is a frequent speaker on marketing, public relations and corporate communications topics throughout the USA and Latin America.

Eduardo Ulibarri Bilbao
Eduardo Ulibarri Bilbao
Former UN Ambassador
Eduardo Ulibarri Bilbao,  periodista, analista y académico, fue embajador y representante permanente de Costa Rica ante las Naciones Unidas entre agosto de 2010 y junio de 2014. En la actualidad se desempeña como consultor internacional en análisis sociopolítico y estrategias de comunicación. Es catedrático universitario y columnista del diario La Nación, del cual fue director entre 1982 y 2003.

Autor de libros sobre periodismo y temas de actualidad (el más reciente, La ONU yo viví, acaba de ser publicado por el sello editorial Aguilar en México), es catedrático en la Escuela de Ciencias de la Comunicación Colectiva de la Universidad de Costa Rica. Fue presidente del Instituto de Prensa y Libertad de Expresión (IPLEX) entre 2005 y 2010; presidente de la Comisión de Libertad de Prensa de la Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa (1991-1994), y miembro de la directiva (1989-2002) y del consejo consultivo (desde 2002) del International Center for Journalists, Washington, D.C.

Actualmente forma parte de la junta directiva de Aldesa Corporación de Inversiones y es miembro del Comité de Programas de la Fundación CRUSA.

Ha recibido la Medalla por Servicios Distinguidos en Periodismo de la Universidad de Missouri, en 1989; el premio María Moors Cabot, de la Universidad de Columbia (Nueva York), en 1996, y el Premio Nacional de Periodismo de Costa Rica, en 1999.

Estudió en las universidades de Costa Rica (licenciatura en Comunicación, 1974), Missouri (maestría en Periodismo, 1976) y Harvard (Niemann Fellow, 1988).

Cristina Rojas
Cristina Rojas Rodríguez
Abogada y notaria pública, Derecho Penal, Derecho Constitucional y Derechos Humanos por la Universidad de Costa Rica

Abogada y notaria pública, Derecho PenalDerecho Constitucional y Derechos Humanos por la Universidad de Costa Rica
Especialista en Resolución alterna de Conflictos. Mediadora y Conciliadora Certificada.
Especialista en el desarrollo de técnicas y habilidades de inteligencia emocional en la persona y la organización

Múltiples publicaciones sobre corrupción, justicia penal, derechos humanos, criminología y desarrollo humano, entre otros.

Olga M. Sauma Uribe
Olga M. Sauma Uribe
Directora de Gestión Integral para la Sostenibilidad AED
Olga Sauma se desempeña actualmente como Directora de Gestión Integral para la Sostenibilidad  de la Asociación Empresarial para el Desarrollo (AED). 

Realizó sus estudios en el área de Publicidad y Mercadeo en la Universidad Latina de Costa Rica y es egresada del programa de Maestría en Dirección de Empresas con énfasis en Negocios Internacionales de la Universidad Fundepos.

Se vinculó a AED en el 2008 como Directora del área de Comunicación y Mercadeo.  A partir de Junio del 2009, fungió también como Directora de Desarrollo Empresarial.  Ha participado desde agosto de 2009 como parte del Comité Ejecutivo de IntegaRSE (Integración Centroamericana por la Responsabilidad Social Empresarial) red regional de organizaciones para la promoción de la RSE.  Cuenta con experiencia significativa en Sostenibilidad y Responsabilidad Social Empresarial, lineamientos y elaboración de reportes de Sostenibilidad.

Como Directora del área de Gestión Integral para la Sostenibilidad, ha trabajado en la orientación y coordinación de la estrategia de sostenibilidad y Responsabilidad Social Empresarial para las más de 120 empresas asociadas a la organización. Incluyendo procesos de alineamiento estratégico, medición y orientación estratégica de objetivos y metas en RSE y Sostenibilidad.

Fred Blazer
Fred Blaser
CEO RMG República Media Group
Ciudadano de Canadá y de Costa Rica, Fred Blaser es Co Presidente de República Media Group, que entre otros medios es conformado por el diario de negocios de Costa Rica (www.larepublica.net), y el sitio de negocios y economía trilingüe de Centroamérica centralamericalink.com.

En el período 1986-1993, Fred ejerció el derecho mercantil internacional en Canadá en el bufete Cassels, Brock, fue consultor internacional con Ernst & Young, y fungió como Presidente del Comité de Negocios Canadá-México.

Entre 1988 y 1990, fue columnista de comercio internacional para el Financial Post de Canadá.

Fred es egresado de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Toronto, además tiene Licenciatura en Literatura de la Universidad McGill.

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Jessica Walsh
Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law
Dr. Jean-Pierre Gauci
BIICL research fellow in Public International Law
Joel Martinez, Director of Engagement, World Justice Project (WJP)
Joel U. Martinez
Director of Engagment – World Justice Project
Patrick Goodness
CEO: The Goodness Company
Eduardo Ulibarri Bilbao
Eduardo Ulibarri Bilbao
Former UN Ambassador
Cristina Rojas
Cristina Rojas Rodríguez
Abogada y notaria pública, Derecho Penal, Derecho Constitucional y Derechos Humanos por la Universidad de Costa Rica
Olga M. Sauma Uribe
Olga M. Sauma Uribe
Directora de Gestión Integral para la Sostenibilidad AED
Fred Blazer
Fred Blaser
CEO RMG República Media Group