Daniela Gavshon

Program Director, Truth and Accountability

Daniela has worked at PIAC since April 2013.
Daniela is the Program Director of PIAC’s Truth and Accountability program and designs and leads the organisation’s transitional justice work. This includes PIAC’s current project, the Conflict Mapping and Archive Project, the Towards Truth Project, the project to develop a remote investigations guide, as well as other projects currently in development. Previously, Daniela led PIAC’s International Crimes Evidence Project.

Prior to joining PIAC, Daniela ran the International Center for Transitional Justice’s program in Solomon Islands. In this role, she provided extensive advice and support to the Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission, including leading a process for a women’s submission to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Following this she was a consultant for UN Women and responsible for leading consultations and drafting a National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.

Daniela was a teaching assistant at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights for Masters subjects in International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law.

Daniela has also worked in the then government department, AusAID, primarily in the Humanitarian and Emergencies Section. Before joining AusAID, Daniela spent a year in Mongolia working with a local organisation on a project to prevent people trafficking.

Daniela has a BA and LLB (Hons) from the University of Sydney and an LLM in International Humanitarian Law from Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. She has also completed an interview and investigations course with the Institute for International Criminal Investigations and an open source investigations course with the Human Rights Centre at UC Berkeley. Daniela is a member of the NSW International Humanitarian Law Advisory Committee for the Australian Red Cross.


  • How new technology can help advocates pursue transitional justice, Oxford University Press’s Academic Insights for the Thinking World
  • Tides of violence: mapping the Sri Lankan conflict from 1983 to 2009, PIAC, May 2019 (co-author).
  • Information Overload: How Technology Can Help Convert Raw Data into Rich Information for Transitional Justice Processes, International Journal of Transitional Justice, December 2018 (co-author).
  • Chapters on environment, protection of; geurillas; neutralized zones, in The Brill Companion to International Humanitarian Law, 2018.
  • The Dead, in The 1949 Geneva Conventions: A Commentary, Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • Island of impunity? Investigation into international crimes in the final stages of the Sri Lankan civil war, PIAC, February 2014 (co-author).
  • Various ICTJ publications on Solomon Islands.
  • The Applicability of IHL in Mixed Situations of Disaster and Conflict, Journal of Conflict and Security Law, 2009.

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