Jonathan Drimmer is a Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Barrick Gold Corporation, wherehe oversees the Company’s global business and human rights program, as well as its global anti-corruption program, global investigation group, entity level litigation and disputes, and other matters.
For more than a decade he has taught courses related to business and human rights at Georgetown University Law Center, and is a frequent author, lecturer, and media commentatoron business and human rights issues, and in particular, the Alien Tort Statute and human rights disputes. Until 2011, he was a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, in Washington, D.C., where his practice focused on representing and advising clients in developing preventative compliance strategies, in navigating discrete questions and problems, and in enforcement proceedings and litigation related to human rights, anti-corruption, and other U.S. laws and international norms. He is a former Deputy Director in the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations, where he led investigations, first chaired numerous prosecutions, and argued appeals in cases involving suspected war criminals. He is a Lexis/Nexis Contributing Expert on International Law, he has testified twice before the U.S. Congress, and among his awards and recognitions is the first U.S. Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Award for Human Rights Law Enforcement. He is a former Bristow Fellow in the Office of the U.S. Solicitor General, and a judicial clerk on the U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He graduated from Stanford University and UCLA Law School, and is on the Board of Directors of Trace International, a non-profit dedicated to transparency and anti-corruption compliance.