Senior Legal Researcher
Sophie Thomashausen's work at CCSI focuses on optimizing legal and governance frameworks to promote sustainable development. In particular, she undertakes research and provides advice on issues related to mining law and policy, resource-related infrastructure, public-private partnerships, and large-scale land investments. She also leads CCSI's initiative on strengthening negotiation support to developing host country governments, as well as the Center's collaboration with the Columbia Water Center on a three-year, NBIM-funded project on assessing mine-water risks. Prior to joining CCSI, she was a Law Fellow at the Public International Law and Policy Group. She also spent seven years at Allen & Overy LLP in London and São Paulo where she advised on project finance, asset finance, and other banking transactions in the Middle East, Africa, Kazakhstan, and Brazil. From 2010- 2012, she also worked on a number of law capacity-building projects in Rwanda. She received an A.B. from Princeton University, USA, a B.A. and M.A. in law from Cambridge University, England, and an LL.M. from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. She is admitted to the Bar in New York State (2013) and England and Wales (2007). She is also currently the Young Lawyers Liaison Officer of the Mining Law Committee of the International Bar Association.