Izak is Associate General Counsel, where he acts as global in-house counsel, advising on international operations and compliance, while facilitating the organization’s policy, advocacy, data privacy, Digital Security Helpline, grants, and RightsCon programs.
He is a licensed Attorney & Counselor at Law in New York and Washington DC (USA), and a Barrister & Solicitor in Ontario (Canada). Izak is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional for Europe (CIPP/E).
Prior to Access Now, Izak worked in commercial litigation and corporate law at a full-service law firm in Toronto, Canada. Before commercial practice, he was engaged in international arbitration, working with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Canada.
Izak received his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with double majors in Philosophy and Linguistics from the University of Melbourne, at which point he served as the Youth Delegate for Australia at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. He also completed a Professional Certification (Cert. IV) in Financial Services. Izak subsequently obtained his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Melbourne Law School, having undertaken exchange at McGill University. As a law student, Izak interned with Lawyers Without Borders, volunteered with the Mental Health Legal Centre, worked with the Melbourne Space Program, and held positions with a number of academic legal journals. Izak is also the recipient of a Masters of Data Privacy Diploma.
Outside of Access Now, Izak is an active member of the legal community, and is currently an Associate Judge – Awards and Subgrants for the American Bar Association (ABA), Arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), member of the ABA Pro Bono Taskforce, and Young Mediator with the International Mediation Institute (IMI). Izak also volunteers as a Pro Bono Environmental Lawyer with the Earth Law Center, Pro Bono Attorney with the ABA’s “Free Legal Answers” Program, Volunteer Attorney with Pro Bono Partnership, Volunteer Attorney (Pro Bono) with the City Bar Justice Center, Auxiliarist for the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, member of World Animal Protection’s Young Professionals’ Council, mentor with Melbourne Law School, mentor with the New York State Bar Association’s Kenneth G. Standard Diversity Mentorship Program, recurring Moot Court Judge for Oxford University’s Monroe E. Price International Media Law Moot Court Competition, Digital Grassroots Ambassador for data privacy and digital rights, and a Member and Mentor in the Harvard Law School Systemic Justice Project “Justice Initiative”.
Izak is also a member of a number of legal committees, including:
- Association of Corporate Counsel International Legal Affairs Network, Publications and Pro Bono Committees;
- New York City Bar In-House Counsel and International Law Committees;
- New York State Bar Association International Section Corporate Counsel Committee;
- New York State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section International Dispute Resolution (IDR) Committee;
- New York State Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section Pro Bono, Diversity, and Technology/New Media Committees;
- American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division International Law, Corporate Counsel, and Dispute Resolution Committees;
- American Bar Association International Law Section UN & International Organizations, International Corporate Counsel, and Privacy, Cybersecurity, and Digital Rights Committees;
- National Lawyers’ Guild International Committee.
He is also a member of the Federal Bar Association, the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Law Society of Ontario, the American Society of International Law, Mensa, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and the International Mediation Institute, as well as a Young and International (Y&I) Member of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), Young Member of the Center for American and International Law (CAIL) – Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA), and Young Professionals’ Group Member of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center (SVAMC).
Izak has received recognition from a number of organizations focused on law, technology, and dispute resolution, including in Best Law List’s “Top Rated Lawyers in America”, “Who’s Who in America – Legal” by Marquis, and being recognized as a “Future Leader of the Profession in Arbitration” by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Canada Branch, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and the Chartered Institute of Quantitative Surveyors (CIQS). Izak has also been honored for his contribution to pro bono service by the Federal Bar Association in the 2021 “StepUp Pro Bono Challenge” for completing over one hundred (100) hours of pro bono service in a one-year period. Finally, Izak is the recipient of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, for his work in helping the community/environment (through community service and a residential project at an orphanage in Nepal) and completing an expedition in the Himalayas, and the 2015 “Leaders in Communities” Award for contributions to leadership initiatives in Melbourne, Australia.
He has been awarded professional designations of Associate (A.CIArb) by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), Member (M.AiADR) by the Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution (AiADR), Member (M.CMI) by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), Professional (P.RI) by the Resolution Institute (RI), Member (M.AICD) by the Australian Institute of Corporate Directors (AICD), and Fellow by the National Society of Scholars (NSHSS).
Izak is an avid snowboarder, saxophonist, and sailor, and loves to cook and travel (having visited almost 60 countries). He has lived in 4 countries and 9 cities, and is as fluent in miles and kilometres as well as celsius and fahrenheit. Izak has also competed professionally in a number of sports, including in the Australian National Rowing Championships, the Australian National Athletics (Track & Field) Championships, the Australian University Snowsports Championships, and the Victorian State Football (Gridiron) Championships.