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Erika George

Professor George earned a B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She also holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago. Currently, she is a visiting scholar in residence at the American Bar Foundation. As a fellow with Human Rights Watch prior to entering the legal academy, Professor George conducted investigations in South Africa on women’s rights, children’s rights, gender violence, socioeconomic rights, and abuses related to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Based on her findings she authored Scared at School. The book received widespread media coverage in South Africa and internationally. Professor George's recent scholarship on international human rights has been published by the nation’s top law reviews. Her forthcoming book under contract with Oxford University Press explores the responsibility of multinational corporations to respect international human rights and various efforts to hold corporations accountable for alleged rights abuses. Professor George has testified before international human rights treaty bodies and foreign governments, and she has briefed the international media on international human rights law, racial discrimination, and gender violence. She has also presented her academic research internationally, addressing audiences in Europe, Africa, and South America. She is a frequent speaker on issues related to women’s rights, human rights, and the rights and experiences of racial minorities. The BBC, The Economist, NBC News, CNN, and the Christian Science Monitor among other media outlets have reported on her human rights investigations. A founding Advisory Board Member of the University of Utah’s Tanner Center for Nonviolent Human Rights Advocacy, Professor George teaches Constitutional Law, International Human Rights Law, International Environmental Law, and Civil Procedure.

Last Updated: 7/13/19