GJICL Conference 2014: Speakers

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Keynote Speaker


Bennett Freeman is Senior Vice President for Sustainability Research and Policy at Calvert Investments. From 2003 until early 2006, he led Burson-Marsteller's Global Corporate Responsibility practice advising multinationals on policy development, stakeholder engagement and communications strategies related to human rights, labor rights and sustainable development. During the Clinton Administration he served in three positions as a presidential appointee in the State Department, most recently as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor from 1999 to early 2001. In that capacity, he led the development of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, the first human rights standard forged by governments, companies and NGOs for the extractive sectors. Mr. Freeman serves on the Boards of Oxfam America, the Institute for Business and Human Rights, the Revenue Watch Institute, the Global Network Initiative (GNI), the Genocide Intervention Network  and EG Justice.  Mr. Freeman received an M.A. in Modern History from the University of Oxford, where he studied as an English Speaking Union Churchill Scholar at Balliol College, and an A.B. in History from the University of California, Berkeley.


Molly Land joined the University of Connecticut law faculty in 2013. Drawing on her human rights expertise and background as an intellectual property litigator, Professor Land’s scholarship focuses on the effect of new technologies on human rights fact-finding, advocacy, and enforcement, as well as the role of human rights norms and framing strategies in organizing around human rights issues. Her current work explores the extent to which human rights law can provide a foundation for claims of access to the Internet as well as the opportunities and challenges for using new technologies to achieve human rights objectives. Professor Land’s articles have been published in the Yale, Harvard, and Michigan journals of international law, among other places, and she was the primary author on a recent report for the World Bank on the role of new technologies in promoting human rights. 
Errol Meidinger is Margaret W. Wong Professor of Law and Director of the Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is also an Honorary Professor of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Freiburg, Germany. His current research focuses on innovative, rapidly changing transnational governance arrangements for improving the social and environmental performance of business. These include forest sustainabilty, food safety, and fair labor standards programs. He is particularly interested in how these programs coordinate and compete with each other and with state-based programs, and how the larger governance ensembles that are being formed may reshape law globally. He received his J.D. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.
  Anita Ramasastry is the D. Wayne & Anne Gittinger Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law. She is an expert in the fields of business and human rights, anti-corruption, and commercial law and development. Her present research focuses on the accountability of economic actors in conflict and weak governance zones. In addition to teaching, Professor Ramasastry currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Institute for Human Rights and Business, a commissioner and chair of the Washington state delegation, and the Secretary of the National Uniform Law Commission. From 2009 to 2012, Ramasastry also served as a senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Market Access and Compliance in the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. 
  Andrew K. Woods is a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Cambridge.  His research focuses on how parties create and enforce legal obligations in the absence of strong enforcement mechanisms.  His teaching interests include: international law, contract law, international business transactions, corporate law, and criminal law. His publications include: Understanding Social Action, Promoting Human Rights, (Oxford University Press, 2012) (co-edited with Ryan Goodman and Derek Jinks); Moral Judgments and International Crimes: The Disutility of Desert, 52 Va J. Int’l L. (2012); Toward a Situational Model for Regulating International Crimes, 13 Chi. J. Int’l L. 179 (2012); and A Behavioral Approach to Human Rights, 51 Harv. Int’l L. J. 51(2010).
Yesha Yadav joined Vanderbilt's law faculty in 2011, where she is affiliated with the Law and Business and International Legal Studies programs and teaches Securities Regulation and International Financial Regulation. Prior to her appointment at Vanderbilt, Professor Yadav worked as legal counsel with the World Bank in its finance, private-sector development and infrastructure unit, where she specialized in financial regulation and insolvency and creditor-debtor rights. Before joining the World Bank in 2009, she practiced from 2004-08 in the London and Paris offices of Clifford Chance, in the firm's financial regulation and derivatives group. She earned an M.A. in law and modern languages with First Class honors at the University of Cambridge, after which she earned an LL.M. at Harvard Law School, where she focused on financial and capital markets regulation, payment systems and terrorist financing.