Elise Baker is a staff lawyer for the Strategic Litigation Project within the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs. She provides legal support to the project, which seeks to include legal tools in foreign policy, with a focus on prevention and accountability efforts for atrocity crimes, human-rights violations, terrorism, and corruption offenses.

Previously, Baker worked at the Center for Justice and Accountability, supporting survivors’ efforts to pursue justice for severe human-rights abuses and atrocity crimes in US courts and international accountability mechanisms. She also previously led Physicians for Human Rights’ Syria Mapping Project, using a combined open-source and field-source research methodology to document attacks on Syria’s health care system. In addition, Baker has worked with the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism on Syria and has investigated human-rights and environmental violations at agricultural developments in Liberia.

Baker received her JD from UC Berkeley Law and her BA in mathematics and political science from Williams College. She has researched and published on human-rights and atrocity crimes investigations, including on secondary trauma in open-source investigations.