Our team brings experience working at the intersection of business, government, and advocacy.


 
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Sarah Labowitz

Co-Director
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Sarah Labowitz

Co-director, Center for Business and Human Rights
Research Scholar, Business and Society

Sarah Labowitz is Co-director of the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights and a Research Scholar in Business and Society at NYU Stern. She has worked on business and human rights from within leading NGOs, the U.S. government, a company, and now in academia. Prior to joining Stern in 2013, she worked at the U.S. State Department on cyber policy, Internet freedom, and human rights. Her work on Internet freedom was recognized by Forbes Magazine on its 2012 “30 Under 30” list for law and policy. She has worked at the Fair Labor Association, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, Yahoo, and Human Rights First.

Sarah is a fellow of the Truman National Security Project and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds an MA in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a BA in history from Grinnell College.

 
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Michael Posner

Co-Director
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Michael Posner

Co-director, Center for Business and Human Rights
Jerome Kohlberg Professor of Ethics and Finance, Business and Society

Michael Posner is the Center's co-director and the Jerome Kohlberg Professor of Ethics and Finance at NYU Stern. From September 2009 until March 2013, he served in the Obama Administration as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the U.S. State Department. From 1978 to 2009, he was the Executive Director and the President of Human Rights First, a U.S.-based human rights advocacy organization.

As Assistant Secretary of State, Michael traveled to more than 40 countries where he represented the U.S. government on a wide range of human rights issues. He has played a major role in shaping U.S. policy from inside and outside of government on issues ranging from refugee and asylum law and policy, national security and human rights, Internet freedom, and business and human rights. Michael played a key role in proposing and campaigning for the first U.S. law providing for political asylum, which became part of the Refugee Act of 1980, as well as the Torture Victim Protection Act, which was adopted in 1992.

Michael holds a JD from the University of California, Berkeley Law School, and a BA with distinction and honors from the University of Michigan.

 
 

Dorothée Baumann-Pauly

Research Director
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Dorothée Baumann-Pauly

Research Director

Dorothée Baumann-Pauly is the Center’s research director. She oversees the Center's research activities, including development of academic publications, case studies, the Center’s forthcoming textbook, and other teaching resources. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Zurich (Switzerland) and MA degrees in management and political science from the University of Constance (Germany) and Rutgers University of New Jersey. She joined NYU Stern in June 2013.

Dorothée has split her career between academia and corporate social responsibility (CSR) practice. As a project officer and consultant for the Fair Labor Association, she helped revise the organization’s core program by developing assessment and impact measurement methodologies. She also oversaw supply chain auditing activities and supported workers’ representation projects in China. Dorothée worked as MFA-Forum country program manager at the London-based thinktank AccountAbility, managing multi-stakeholder dialogues in Bangladesh, Morocco, and Lesotho.

Dorothée teaches CSR, Business and Human Rights and Business Ethics at HEC Lausanne (Switzerland) and NYU Stern. In 2013, she published a book entitled Managing Corporate Legitimacy – A Toolbox (Greenleaf Publishing). You can contact Dorthée by email at dbaumann@stern.nyu.edu.

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April Gu

Associate Director
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April Gu

Associate Director

April Gu oversees the Center’s operations, including the Center’s integration into the broader university, resource stewardship, and ability to implement cutting-edge programming for students, companies, and other stakeholders. Prior to the joining the Center, she practiced law in the Singapore and New York offices of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, where she focused on the financing of infrastructure and energy projects throughout Southeast Asia, Latin America and the United States. She is a former Fulbright Research Scholar who conducted research on economic development in Beijing, China.

April is a graduate of NYU Stern and the NYU School of Law, where she participated in the International Human Rights Clinic and won numerous human rights and public service fellowships for her work.

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Justine Nolan

Senior Visiting Scholar
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Justine Nolan

Senior Visiting Scholar

Justine Nolan is a sernior visiting scholar at the Center, an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of NSW (Australia), and the Deputy Director of the Australian Human Rights Centre. Her research focuses on accountability for corporate violations of human rights. She is a co-author of an international human rights textbook (The International Law of Human Rights, Oxford University Press, 2011) and teaches human rights law and related courses on development, globalisation and business and human rights. Prior to UNSW, she worked as the Director of the Business and Human Rights program at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First). During this time Justine advised companies and NGOs on effective strategies to protect human rights in the corporate sphere and was closely involved in establishing the Fair Labor Association.

Justine has worked in both public interest and private legal practices. She was a member of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade & Ausaid's Human Rights Grants Scheme Expert Panel (2009-2013) which provided financial support for community-based projects to promote and protect human rights in developing countries. Justine has given guest lectures at a number of leading universities including Yale, Stanford, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Adelaide, the University of Sydney, the University of Hong Kong and Columbia University. She is an editor of the Australian Journal of Human Rights, the Human Rights Defender, and the Journal of Business and Human Rights (Cambridge University). See Justine's complete list of publications.

 
 

David Segall

Policy Associate
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David Segall

Policy Associate

David Segall joins the Center as a Policy Associate focusing on the recruitment and migration of construction workers from South Asia to the Arabian Gulf.

From 2012 to 2015, David directed the Human Rights in Iran Unit at The City University of New York where he assisted the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

From 2010 to 2012 he served as an Associate in the Middle East and North Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, where he conducted research on human rights issues in the Arabian Gulf Region. From 2009-2010 he was a research assistant at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute in Israel.

David holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University and a BA in Public Policy from Duke University.

 

Nate Stein

Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellow
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Nate Stein

Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellow

Nate Stein is the Center’s Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellow.

While at NYU Law School, Nate was the Student Scholar Co-President at the U.S.Asia Law Institute where he worked on property rights issues in Cambodia. In the summer of 2013 he worked with the Zhicheng Public Interest Law NGO in Beijing on disability rights issues. He also was a Student Advocate for the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project. At the University of Florida, he was a recipient of a U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship, studying in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Nate holds a JD from the New York University School of Law, and a BA cum laude from the University of Florida.

 
 
 

Auret van Heerden

Senior Advisor
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Auret van Heerden

Senior Advisor

Auret van Heerden has 40 years experience in labour and human rights issues worldwide. He began as a student leader and anti-apartheid activist in South Africa before being recruited by the ILO to work on the Programme of Action against Apartheid. In 1994 he was appointed Labour Attache at the South African Mission to the UN in Geneva. He returned to the ILO to head the Action Programme on Social and Labour Issues in EPZs. In 2001 he joined the Fair Labor Association and served as its President and CEO for 13 years. He now consults and teaches.

 

Tara Wadhwa

Associate Director
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Tara Wadhwa

Associate Director

Tara Wadhwa serves as the associate director of the Center. She manages day-to-day operations, provides support to Center staff, is the primary point of contact for students and outside stakeholders, and is responsible for executing logistical aspects of the Center’s programming. Prior to the joining the Center, she worked in the Office of the Dean at NYU Stern. Tara received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her MA in Policy and Non Profit Management from the NYU Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.

 
 

visiting scholars

Will Moon

Visiting Scholar
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Will Moon

Visiting Scholar

Will Moon is a visiting scholar at the Center and an incoming Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering at NYU School of Law. Prior to joining NYU, Will worked as a litigation associate at Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP in New York City and served as a law clerk to Judge Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. His research focuses on international economic law, with particular interests in the development of new forms of judicial governance and the complex relationship between cross-border commercial transactions and human rights. Will’s research has appeared or will appear in periodicals including the Virginia Journal of International Law, Journal of International Economic Law, Journal of World Trade, Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, and the Yale Journal of International Law. Will holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Casey O'Connor

Visiting Scholar
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Casey O'Connor

Visiting Scholar

Casey O’Connor is a New York-based consultant focused on human rights and social impact research. Casey previously worked as a Senior Researcher at NYU Law’s Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights, where she studied the use of social media by Chinese civil society. She also worked as a Senior Program Officer at Human Rights in China, where she oversaw the organization’s international case and policy advocacy. Her work with the Center will investigate the role of multistakeholder initiatives in advancing access to remedy through complaints mechanisms. Casey has conducted prior research on a range of issues related to access to justice, including: legal empowerment of indigenous communities, remedy for environmental and health impacts in the extractives sector, and in the context of UN human rights treaty obligations. Casey holds a J.D. from NYU School of Law and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Washington.

Joris van Hoboken

Visiting Scholar
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Joris van Hoboken

Visiting Scholar

Joris van Hoboken is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Information Law Institute (ILI) at New York University and an affiliate senior legal researcher at the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam, where he received his PhD in 2012. His research addresses law and policy in the field of digital media, electronic communications and the internet, with a focus on the fundamental rights to privacy and freedom of expression. Current research interests include the right to be forgotten, encryption policy, data brokers and digital rights policy standard setting in Europe. He is a specialist in data protection and privacy law, government surveillance in the ICT sector and the regulation of internet intermediaries. Joris van Hoboken is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Dutch digital rights organization Bits of Freedom.