International Advisory Council

Anita Ramasastry

Anita Ramasastry

Member, UN Working Group; Professor, University of Washington; Senior Research Fellow, IHRB

Anita Ramasastry is a Member of the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights. She is also the the UW Law Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle. Her research interests include business and human rights, anti-corruption and law and development. Her current research focuses on the role of business in armed conflict.

She has authored numerous scholarly articles and reports focused on emerging issues in business and human rights including Commerce, Crime and Conflict (with Mark Taylor and Bob Thompson) and a recent study for the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable on Human Rights Due Diligence: The Role of States (with Olivier de Schutter, M. Taylor and R. Thompson).

She was part of the project team that developed the “Red Flags” Liability Risks for Companies Operating in High Risk Zones. From 2009 – 2011, Ramasastry served as a senior advisor in the Obama Administration, working in the International Trade Administration of the US Department of Commerce. She is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School and the University of Sydney.

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Commentary: Anatomy of a business and human rights treaty?

In July an Intergovernmental Working Group will convene at the United Nations in Geneva to begin deliberations about a proposed treaty on business and human rights. But what kind of treaty?

The UN Human Rights Council decided in June 2014 to...

25 June 2015

By Doug Cassel, Professor, University of Notre Dame, Anita Ramasastry, Member, UN Working Group; Professor, University of Washington; Senior Research Fellow, IHRB

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