Ya’ara Z. Barnoon is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed. Ya’ara has served on the B20 Anti-Corruption Taskforce and has advised multinational corporations as well as international IGOs and NGOs in a variety of contexts. As part of the Anti-Corruption & Internal Investigations practice group, Ya’ara has assisted clients with conducting anti-corruption and fraud investigations and due diligence, including in connection with inquiries from the World Bank and African Development Bank. She has represented US, European, Middle Eastern and Asian clients and advised in the design, implementation and administration of anti-corruption and integrity compliance programs.
Prior to joining the firm, Ya’ara worked on issues in the fields of national security, civil-military relations and human rights. In 2015, she was chosen as a Truman National Security Fellow and, in 2016, she served as a cybersecurity policy advisor for a political campaign.
Legal intern, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Geneva, Summer 2011
Public Information Office volunteer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Ankara, Summer 2010
National Security and Human Rights research associate, Harvard Kennedy School, 2008 – 2010
Researcher, Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv, 2008
Foreign Affairs and Nuclear Proliferation consultant, Copeland Capital International, 2006 – 2009
2015 Truman National Security Fellow
Georgetown Law Public Interest Fellows Program Mentor
Ohio State National Security Simulation
U.S. State Department Young Turkey Young America Program
2015 Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll, sponsored by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia
2014 Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, sponsored by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia
Editor, 13th Annual Gender and Sexuality Law: Annual Review Article: “Rape, Sexual Assault & Evidentiary Matters,” Georgetown Journal of Gender and Law 13 (2012): 459
“The US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and International Anti-Bribery Compliance,” part of the US State Department International Visitor Leadership Program’s Regional Program on “Transparency and Accountability,” administered by the Meridian International Center, Washington, D.C., Feb. 26, 2015
Current representation of world-leading aerospace and defense company in connection with anti-corruption reviews and related investigations and compliance program evaluation and training
Representation of a French multinational CAC 40 industrial manufacturing company in resolution of a World Bank investigation governed by the World Bank’s January 2011 Sanctions Procedures and continuing proceedings
Representation of numerous multinational companies with operations across Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East, regarding their anti-corruption and compliance programs, including the drafting and implementation of new programs and policies, and assessments and improvements to current programs
Representation of an Asian multinational company in relation to whistleblower claims
Successful representation of a French consulting firm and an individual in a World Bank Sanctions matter related to allegations of fraud; obtained acquittal on all charges by the Sanctions Board, reversing the decision of the Office of Suspension and Debarment and terminating suspension and proceedings
Assisted with a compliance review for a leading government contractor
Assisted with developing policies and procedures for a Fortune 500 government contractor
Pro bono representation of a nongovernmental organization involved in intelligence policy
Pro bono representation of an international development nongovernmental organization.
Pro bono advice regarding U.S. Defense Department policies.
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2013
University of St. Andrews, M.A., 2007, Nisbet Prize in International Relations