César Rodríguez-Garavito
CHRGJ Director

César Rodríguez-Garavito is a director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. He is a human rights and environmental justice scholar and practitioner whose interests focus on global governance, climate change, socioeconomic rights, business and human rights, and the human rights movement.

César has been an associate professor at the University of the Andes and a visiting professor at NYU Law, Stanford, Brown, the University of Melbourne, European University Institute, University of Pretoria (South Africa), the Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil), Central European University, and the Andean University of Quito.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of Open Global Rights and has served as a strategy advisor to leading international and domestic human rights organizations in different parts of the world. César has been an expert witness of Inter-American Court of Human Rights, an Adjunct Judge of the Constitutional Court of Colombia, a member of the Science Panel for the Amazon and a lead litigator in climate change, socioeconomic rights and indigenous rights cases. He has served as director of Dejusticia, the Global Justice and Human Rights Program and the Center for Socio-Legal Research at the University of los Andes.

César is co-editor of Cambridge University Press’s Globalization and Human Rights book series; he serves in the editorial boards of the Annual Review of Law and Social Science and the Business and Human Rights Journal. He serves in the boards of the Business and Human Rights Resource Center, WITNESS, the University Network for Human Rights and Columbia University’s Center on Sustainable Investment. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.A. from NYU’s Institute for Law and Society, an M.A. in Philosophy from the National University of Colombia, and a J.D. from the University of the Andes.

His publications include “Disrupting Human Rights: Existential Challenges and a New Paradigm for the Field” (forthcoming, Oxford, book chapter), Business and Human Rights: Beyond the End of the Beginning(Cambridge, ed.), Radical Deprivation on Trial: The Impact of Judicial Activism on Socioeconomic Rights in the Global South (Cambridge, coaut.); Compliance with Socioeconomic Rights Judgments (Cambridge, co-ed.); Rising to the Populist Challenge: A New Playbook for the Human Rights Field (Dejusticia, co-ed.), Balancing Wealth and Health: the Battle over Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines in Latin America (Oxford, co-ed.); “Amphibious Sociology: Action-Research for a Multimedia World” (Current Sociology); “The Future of Human Rights: From Gatekeeping to Symbiosis” (Sur Journal); Law and Society in Latin America: A New Map (Routledge, ed.); Making it Stick: Compliance with Social Rights Judgments (Cambridge, co-ed.); “Ethnicity.gov: Global Governance, Indigenous Peoples and the Right to Prior Consultation in Social Minefields” (Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies); “Beyond the Courtroom: The Impact of Judicial Activism on Socioeconomic Rights in Latin America” (Texas Law Review); “Global Governance and Labor Rights: Codes of Conduct and Anti-Sweatshop Struggles in Global Apparel Factories in Mexico and Guatemala” (Politics & Society); and Law and Globalization from Below: Toward a Cosmopolitan Legality (Cambridge, co-ed.).


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