Olivier De Schutter was appointed the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food by the Human Rights Council in March 2008 and assumed his functions on 1 May 2008. An expert on social and economic rights and on economic globalization and human rights, served between 2004 and 2008 as a Secretary General of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). He is Professor of Law at the University of Louvain (UCL) and at the College of Europe (Natolin), visiting professor at Columbia University and a member of the Global Law School Faculty at New York University. He holds a LL.M. from Harvard University, a diploma cum laude from the International Institute of Human Rights (Strasbourg) and a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Louvain.
Professor Jacqueline Lainez is currently a Visiting Professor and Director of the Tax Clinic she founded in 2005 at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law. She has served as an Associate Clinical Law Professor and Director of the Intellectual Property Law Clinic at the University of Richmond Law School, as well as Director of Clinical Programs at the University of Memphis Law School. She has been awarded Outstanding Faculty and Outstanding Leadership Awards from students at UDC and the University of Memphis. Professor Lainez was a Chapter Editor for the sixth edition of Effectively Representing Your Client Before the IRS, and is a member of The Tax Lawyer Editorial Advisory Board. Her writing has appeared in Tax Notes Today, Taxes Magazine, the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy, and the UC Davis Business Law Journal. She earned her LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in 2008.
Andie Lambe was the founding director of Reprieve, a human rights charity which uses the rule of law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, from death row to Guantánamo Bay. She managed the Carlile Inquiry into the use of restraint, segregation and strip searching of children within the UK prison system and was Senior Campaigns and Policy Officer for the Howard League for Penal Reform. For the last 6 years she has headed up the International Justice team at Global Witness, an organization which monitors and exposes illicit or illegal practices and activities in the natural resources sector. She is also a trustee for two UK based charities – Just for Kids Law and Generation Rwanda UK.
Anita Ramasastry is the UW Law Foundation Professor at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, where she also directs the graduate program in the Law of Sustainable International Development. Her teaching and research focuses on commercial law, law and development, business and human rights and anti corruption. From 2009-2011 she served as a senior advisor to the International Trade Administration of the US Department of Commerce on trade policy in emerging markets, anti corruption and business and human rights. Ramasastry has previously served as an expert for ICAR’s Human Rights Due Diligence project. As part of this project, she co authored an expert report Human Rights Diligence: The Role of States (with Olivier De Schutter, Mark Tayor and Robert Thompson) which was published in December 2012. Ramasastry is also a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Human Rights and Business.
Meg Roggensack is a recognized expert on business and human rights with extensive experience in designing and leading multistakeholder engagement strategy and initiatives. She teaches a graduate seminar on these issues at Georgetown University Law Center, and speaks regularly about the intersection of human rights and trade and implications for corporate accountability. As the former Senior Advisor for Business and Human Rights at Human Rights First, Meg Roggensack led work on internet freedom, labor rights, natural resources and security and multistakeholder engagement and accountability mechanisms to address the human rights impacts of global business operations.
Gwynne Skinner is an associate professor of law at Willamette University College of Law, where she directs the International Human Rights Clinic and teaches Introduction to International Human Rights Law. Professor Skinner has several years’ experience litigating human rights cases under the Alien Tort Statute. She and the Clinic recently filed the cases Hamad v. Gates, et al, and Ameur v. Gates, et al, which allege violations of international law on behalf of two former Guantanamo Bay detainees. She was also counsel in the case of Corrie et al v. Caterpillar, an ATS case regarding corporate liability for violations of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. She has also developed a course on Corporate Accountability and Human Rights. She has participated in several conferences and roundtables on the issue of corporate accountability for human rights violations. Her scholarly research primarily focuses on issues related to human rights litigation in U.S. courts. She holds a M.St. (LL.M. equivalent) in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University, where she graduated with distinction and a J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law, with High Distinction.
Robert Stumberg is a professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he directs the Harrison Institute for Public Law. The Institute teaches policy skills to law students and provides legal and policy services to governments and civil society in a range of areas – climate, health, food, labor, and trade policy. His recent work on procurement includes the Model Sweatfree Procurement Policy (2012), Procurement and Decent Work (2010), and several projects on procurement of food by state and local governments. His education includes – BA, Macalester College; JD, Georgetown University; LLM, Georgetown University.
Mark B. Taylor is a Senior Researcher at the Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies in Oslo. Mark’s areas of interest include regulatory and policy responses to conflict and armed violence. In recent years, his research and policy work have focused on and business and human rights and the commercial dimensions of armed conflict. A former Managing Director at the Fafo Institute, Mark has been an advisor and analyst for governments, business, civil society and the United Nations and he represents Fafo as a founding member of the Just Jobs Network at the Center for American Progress. Mark is editor of the Laws of Rules blog on law and politics and is a regular contributor to OpenDemocracy, and DOX, the European Documentary Magazine. Mark holds a B.A. (honours) in Religious Studies from McGill University, in Montreal and an LL.M (cum laude) in Public International Law from Leiden University, The Netherlands (1996), where he is presently completing a mid-career PhD in International Criminal Law.
Robert C. Thompson is a lawyer who lives in New York City. He was educated at Harvard College (AB 1963) and Harvard Law School (LLB 1967). He worked for the law firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart and Boston for five years and then entered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the following eleven years, reaching the rank of Associate General Counsel. He participated in the development and implementation of the Agency’s key air, water, drinking water and solid and hazardous waste programs. In 1984, he joined the firm of Graham & James in San Francisco as a partner, and in 1992 became a partner in the San Francisco office of LeBouef, Lamb, Greene & MacRae. He was the chairman of the international environmental group of each of those firms. Following his retirement in 2000, he has devoted his time to international human rights matters.
Professor Cynthia A. Williams joined Osgoode Hall Law School on July 1, 2013 as the Osler Chair in Business Law, a position she also held from 2007 to 2009. Before coming to Osgoode, she was a member of the faculty at the University of Illinois College of Law and, prior to that, she practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City.
Professor Williams writes in the areas of securities law, corporate law, corporate responsibility, comparative corporate governance, and regulatory theory, often in interdisciplinary collaborations with professors in anthropology, economic sociology, and organizational psychology.
Professor Williams’ work has been published in the Georgetown Law Journal, the Harvard Law Review, the Journal of Corporation Law, Theoretical Inquiries in Law, the University of New South Wales Law Journal, the Virginia Law Review, and the Academy of Management Review.