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Independent Examiners

The Independent Examiners are responsible for managing all complaints (specific instances) brought to the AusNCP, including:

  • communication and conciliation with parties
  • decision making
  • statements on findings.

Independent Examiners also assist in raising awareness of the AusNCP functions and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

The Examiners are supported by the AusNCP Secretariat in the Treasury and a multi-stakeholder Governance and Advisory Board. 

James Cockayne

James Cockayne is a lawyer and Professor of Global Politics and Anti‑Slavery at the University of Nottingham with over two decades’ experience in international law and responsible business conduct.

Based in Byron Bay NSW, James is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Futures Council on Equity and Social Justice and founded the Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking initiative in 2018.

He previously advised the UN Security Council, Human Rights Council, Secretary-General and High Commissioner for Human Rights on respect for human rights, and drafted the General Assembly’s Code of Ethics.

He helped establish the International Code of Conduct Association for private security providers and has worked on international extradition practice, war crimes trials and counterterrorism in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, and commercial and pro bono legal practice in Sydney and Paris.

James was appointed as an AusNCP Independent Examiner on 30 March 2022.

Shanta Martin

Shanta Martin is a Melbourne-based barrister with over twenty years’ experience in business and human rights.

Shanta practises in commercial, corporate regulatory, and public law in the Federal and Victorian courts and in commercial arbitrations. Qualified both in Victoria and in England and Wales, she has extensive experience in litigation arising from the operations of corporate entities internationally. She is the Victorian Bar member of the Law Council of Australia’s Business and Human Rights Committee. 

Shanta was formerly a partner at London-based law firm, Leigh Day, specialising in international disputes and leading pioneering litigation including in claims arising from modern slavery, human rights abuse and environmental harm. She previously headed up the business and human rights work at Amnesty International’s International Secretariat in London and at Oxfam Australia. She was actively engaged in the development of the United Nations Guiding Principles, the 2011 revision of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the International Finance Corporation’s Performance Standards review.

Shanta was appointed as an ad-hoc AusNCP Independent Examiner for case #27 on 10 December 2021 and as an ongoing Independent Examiner on 30 March 2022. 

John Southalan

John Southalan is a barrister and academic based in Western Australia with extensive experience in responsible business conduct and dispute resolution.

John has advised governments in Australia and internationally on mining law and worked for over eight years with Australia's Human Rights Commission and the Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation in relation to Indigenous land rights.

He has engaged with industry and governmental reviews about mining and indigenous rights, and was involved in the Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development process.

Since 2019, John has been contracted to the Treasury as the inaugural AusNCP Independent Examiner. In this role John has managed around ten complaint cases (specific instances) under OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and has promoted responsible business conduct and the OECD Guidelines at a wide range of national and international events.