Diana Goff

Former Research Fellow


  • Conflict and Fragility
  • Security and Justice


  • Europe
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Sub Saharan Africa

Until December 2017 Diana Goff was a Research Fellow in the Clingendael Conflict Research Unit (CRU). Within CRU, she specialised in rule of law, criminal justice and conflict resolution.

Coming from a background where she practiced law at the highest levels in both domestic and international jurisdictions, Diana is excited to be in a position to leverage her experience into the policy realm. She provides expert advice for clients that include governments, foundations, IGO’s, and knowledge networks.

Diana has extensive experience in the practice of international criminal law from working as a lawyer with trial chambers of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Special Court for Sierra Leone and as an intern with a trial chamber of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. As a litigator at Shearman & Sterling LLP, she represented clients in the financial services and global telecom industries and had a large pro bono practice that encompassed rule of law work in Ethiopia, attempted Alien Tort Claims Act litigation arising out of the Democratic Republic of Congo and advising the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Her professional experience is rounded out with consultancy work at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

Passionate and undaunted about uplifting and empowering people, she believes that we need to think big in order to align ourselves for real change. A native of the city of Seattle, Diana holds a Juris Doctorate from the Vanderbilt University Law School, where she was an Articles Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the Claremont McKenna College, where she graduated with honors. 


My work



Conflict and Fragility

Deterring the influence of organized crime on political parties

11 October 2016 - 14:25
Conflict and Fragility

Deterring the Influence of Organized Crime on Elections

11 October 2016 - 13:55
Conflict and Fragility

New ways to respond to violent conflicts

31 May 2016 - 10:38
Conflict and Fragility

Clingendael presents overview of results Sahel Programme

15 January 2016 - 13:11
Conflict and Fragility

Pluralisme juridique au Mali: acceptation et réconciliation

30 November 2015 - 13:56
Conflict and Fragility

Criminal justice in Mali in crisis: Steps for improvement

12 November 2015 - 13:29
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