Joanne Cross

Board Member

Jo leads the London based Dispute Resolution Team of a major energy company including managing substantial disputes across the globe, including litigation and international arbitration cases. This involves managing disputes in many different jurisdictions, under different institutional rules and with various choice of law provisions.

Jo worked as a disputes specialist lawyer at two major London law firms before going in-house in 2003.

Prior to this she studied Mandarin Chinese at St. John’s College, Oxford University and spent several years as a commodity trader specialising in Chinese commodities before becoming a lawyer. She has considerable experience in human rights law and advises on human rights issues in the business context.

Jo has a longstanding commitment to providing fair representation to those facing the death penalty and was one of the founding directors of the UK charity Andrew Lee Jones Fund (now Amicus) which provides assistance on US capital cases. Amicus ALJ | (  Jo is currently Co-Chair of Amicus.

She is also a trustee of the Caribbean Capital Cases Trust and has represented several Caribbean death row inmates in their appeals to the Privy Council in London.