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Nikki Reisch is the Legal Director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. Her work focuses on social and economic rights, with an emphasis on corporate accountability, economic inequality and environmental justice. Prior to studying law, Nikki worked as an advocate with non-governmental organizations monitoring the effects of international financial and development institutions on communities in the Global South. She spent years conducting research and advocacy related to the human rights impacts of extractive industry and large-scale infrastructure projects, trade liberalization and climate change, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. Her research and practice interests also include immigrant rights and the intersection between domestic civil rights issues and international human rights law.
Before joining CHRGJ as Legal Director, Nikki served as a law clerk to the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 2012-2013 and to the Honorable Raymond J. Lohier, Jr. on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in 2013-2014. In 2012, she graduated magna cum laude from NYU School of Law, where she received the Frank H. Sommer Memorial Award, the David Friedman Memorial Award, and the Jerome Lipper Prize. During law school, Nikki was a scholar with the Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest program and the Institute for International Law and Justice. She served as an articles editor for the NYU Law Review and worked for two years as a student advocate in the Immigrant Rights Clinic. As a legal intern at CHRGJ, she contributed to the Global Justice Clinic’s research on gender-based violence and economic and social rights in Haiti and participated in litigation related to human rights abuses committed under the CIA’s secret rendition program. Nikki holds a B.A. in Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale University.