We know that solving your challenges relating to human rights, modern slavery, and conflict requires better joined up approaches by business, governments and NGOs. Cerno was established as a result of client demand that we use our professional expertise and network to help bridge the divide between these different stakeholders to innovate more robust and sustainable solutions to these challenges that will have better impact, improved value of money, and meet external scrutiny.  

Michele Law

Michele Law

Michele Law is an experienced human rights lawyer, mediator, and former diplomat.  In the United Nations Michele was based in Baghdad and advised Iraqi government on constitution making, including legal advice on the Human Rights Chapter.  In Kabul she advised UNDP Afghanistan on its rule of law programme.  In DFID Michele was a conflict adviser focussed on Security Sector Reform and Violence Against Women and Girls.  Michele held the role of Deputy Director and Legal Advisor in the Office of the Commonwealth Secretary General and began her career as a New Zealand diplomat.  A mediator by nature, Michele co-founded Cerno to work with all stakeholders - business, government and NGOs.  She uses her DFID/UN programming experience of undertaking risk assessments, due diligence, and designing, monitoring and evaluating complex development programmes to now help clients comply with the Modern Slavery Act and the Non-Financial Reporting Regulations.  As a conflict specialist and mediator she helps clients address conflict issues and provide effective remedies.  


Paul Garlick

Paul Garlick

Paul Garlick is a Queen Counsel, mediator and judge with significant experience resolving the most complex and serious international and domestic disputes relating to human rights, bribery, corruption and money laundering.  He has advised and acted for Governments, Inter-Governmental Organisations and private clients on all these issues at the highest level.  Paul has worked for the British Government, the OSCE, the Council of Europe and the European Commission. Paul is currently a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Advisory Board dealing with violations by corporations on human rights and implementation of the UN Guiding Principles.  He is a visiting lecturer in international law at the University of The Hague.  Paul co-founded Cerno, because he could see that his adversarial experience of how corporates have been impacted by legislation relating to bribery, corruption and money laundering, enabled him unique insight to be able to advise companies on the sort of preventative action needed to ethically comply with human rights and modern slavery non-finacial reporting.   Paul uses his role as trusted adviser, mediator and trainer in a preventative way to resolve issues relating to human rights, modern slavery, and conflict.


Alexis Martin

Alexis Martin

Alexis Martin is a senior international development executive and researcher with extensive experience in conflict and post-conflict countries on issues of governance, small business development in fractured societies, public relations and media, political inclusion, and gender empowerment.  She has managed multi-million dollar projects for USAID and the UN and has worked on projects for the EU, SIDA, CIDA and DFID.  Alexis has worked in Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, Somalia and Central Asia and understands the difficulties of working in complex insecure environments.  In Cerno Alexis leads our work on innovation for clients.   We innovate through our programming, research and advisory services.  Alexis's experience as a researcher has influenced Cerno's programme design methodology to include a heavy bias in favour of monitoring and evaluation to generate evidence of what works and what doesn't work.  In turn, her experience of implementing development programmes to affect tangible results on the ground, has influenced our approach to any innovative research we undertake.  In short, the conclusions we provide our clients to the research challenges set for us will always be ambitious, but practical. 


Alexis Martin is a senior international development executive and researcher with extensive experience in conflict and post-conflict countries on issues of governance, small business development in fractured societies, public relations and media, political inclusion, and gender empowerment.  She has managed multi-million dollar projects for USAID and the UN and has worked on projects for the EU, SIDA, CIDA and DFID.  Alexis has worked in Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, Somalia and Central Asia and understands the difficulties of working in complex insecure environments.  In Cerno Alexis leads our work on innovation for clients.   We innovate through our programming, research and advisory services.  Alexis's experience as a researcher has influenced Cerno's programme design methodology to include a heavy bias in favour of monitoring and evaluation to generate evidence of what works and what doesn't work.  In turn, her experience of implementing development programmes to affect tangible results on the ground, has influenced our approach to any innovative research we undertake.  In short, the conclusions we provide our clients to the research challenges set for us will always be ambitious, but practical. 


Alexis Martin is a senior international development executive and researcher with extensive experience in conflict and post-conflict countries on issues of governance, small business development in fractured societies, public relations and media, political inclusion, and gender empowerment.  She has managed multi-million dollar projects for USAID and the UN and has worked on projects for the EU, SIDA, CIDA and DFID.  Alexis has worked in Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, Somalia and Central Asia and understands the difficulties of working in complex insecure environments.  In Cerno Alexis leads our work on innovation for clients.   We innovate through our programming, research and advisory services.  Alexis's experience as a researcher has influenced Cerno's programme design methodology to include a heavy bias in favour of monitoring and evaluation to generate evidence of what works and what doesn't work.  In turn, her experience of implementing development programmes to affect tangible results on the ground, has influenced our approach to any innovative research we undertake.  In short, the conclusions we provide our clients to the research challenges set for us will always be ambitious, but practical. 


Alexis Martin is a senior international development executive and researcher with extensive experience in conflict and post-conflict countries on issues of governance, small business development in fractured societies, public relations and media, political inclusion, and gender empowerment.  She has managed multi-million dollar projects for USAID and the UN and has worked on projects for the EU, SIDA, CIDA and DFID.  Alexis has worked in Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, Somalia and Central Asia and understands the difficulties of working in complex insecure environments.  In Cerno Alexis leads our work on innovation for clients.   We innovate through our programming, research and advisory services.  Alexis's experience as a researcher has influenced Cerno's programme design methodology to include a heavy bias in favour of monitoring and evaluation to generate evidence of what works and what doesn't work.  In turn, her experience of implementing development programmes to affect tangible results on the ground, has influenced our approach to any innovative research we undertake.  In short, the conclusions we provide our clients to the research challenges set for us will always be ambitious, but practical.