Justyna Gudzowska

Associate Fellow


Justyna Gudzowska has spent her career at the intersection of financial crime and international security. She is an international expert on sanctions, corruption, terrorism financing, and money laundering, having worked on these issues across the public and private sectors. She teaches a class on illicit finance at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and is the founder of Firefly Advisory LLC, an anti-financial crime strategic advisory firm. Justyna is also a Senior Advisor to The Sentry, an investigative and policy organisation that seeks to disable multinational predatory networks that benefit from violent conflict, repression, and kleptocracy.

Previously, Justyna was the lead sanctions attorney at Morgan Stanley, overseeing the implementation of sanctions for the bank’s offices around the globe. From 2013-2018, Justyna worked for the United Nations as part of an expert team and advised the Security Council on countering the financing of terrorists, in particular ISIS and Al-Qaida. Before serving at the UN, she was a legal advisor to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she advised on the full spectrum of economic sanctions issues.  Earlier in her career, she worked as an associate at the international law firms Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Debevoise & Plimpton.

Justyna received her JD from Yale Law School, where she served as Development Editor for the Yale Journal of International Law and was a student director of the Schell Center for International Human Rights. She holds master’s degrees from the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics, where she was a Marshall Scholar, and a B.A. from Rice University.

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