CHRGJ is pleased to welcome Chris Albin-Lackey, senior researcher in the Business and Human Rights Program at Human Rights Watch, to discuss his experiences conducting fact-finding on violations of economic, social, and cultural rights in the United States and abroad. Albin-Lackey will discuss approaches to investigating the role of non-state actors, such as corporations, in human rights abuses in a variety of sectors, from the mining industry in Eritrea, India and Papua New Guinea, to the private probation industry here in the United States.
About the Speaker:
Chris Albin-Lackey is a senior researcher in the Business and Human Rights Program at Human Rights Watch. He carries out research and advocacy work on human rights issues related to extractive industries as well as the human rights impact of corruption in resource-rich countries. From 2008 until 2010, Albin-Lackey was a senior researcher in Human Rights Watch’s Africa Division specializing on the Horn of Africa and Kenya. Prior to that, he was the Nigeria researcher at Human Rights Watch, focusing on issues including local government corruption in the oil-producing Niger Delta; abuses connected to Nigeria’s 2007 elections; and government discrimination against “non-indigene” populations across Nigeria. He also worked as a fellow for Human Rights Watch, covering Ethiopia in the run-up to that country’s controversial 2005 elections. Albin-Lackey lived in Ethiopia and Madagascar as a Peace Corps volunteer before joining the organization. Albin-Lackey has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Boston University and a JD from Columbia Law School.