Daniel Simons is a legal officer for freedom of information and expression at the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Prior to joining the Justice Initiative, Simons worked at Greenpeace from 2008 through 2016. His duties there included advising and training staff on the legal risks of investigations and on international and environmental law issues relevant to campaigns; writing campaign materials; and lobbying for legislation and other legal instruments. In addition to providing external counsel, Simons has handled significant cases in different jurisdictions.
A Dutch citizen who speaks a half dozen languages, Simons obtained his law degree from the University of Amsterdam in 2003, and his LLM from Columbia University in 2004. He interned at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Tribunal for Law of the Sea, and worked at Article 19 in London for three years.