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Legal Responsibility of Businesses for Violations of International Human Rights
Anita Ramasastry is the UW Law Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Washington. She teaches and researches in the areas of business and human rights, commercial law and law and development. Her current research focuses on the accountability of the private sector in conflict and weak governance zones, and also how successor regimes may deal with corrupt transactions negotiated by prior governments. From 2009 to 2012 she served as a Senior Advisor in the Obama Administration and worked in in US Department of Commerce – International Trade Administration. Her work for Comemrce focused on anti corruption in international trade as well as business and human rights. She supervised trade strategies for 6 emerging mrkets - Colombia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Turkey, South Africa and Saudia Arabia. She recently published a major report on Human Rights Due Diligence: The Role of States – co authored with Professor Oliver de Schutter and Mark Taylor, which was launched at the first annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in December.