César Rodríguez-Garavito
CHRGJ Chair and Faculty Director
Professor of Clinical Law

César Rodríguez-Garavito is a Professor of Clinical Law and Chair and Faculty Director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law. 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.

Rodríguez-Garavito is the Founding Director of the Climate Litigation Accelerator. 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. He has been an expert witness for the 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.

Rodríguez-Garavito is a Distinguished Fellow at the National Foundation for India and a member of the strategic litigation advisory panel at Conectas Human Rights (Brazil). 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 (Colombia). He has been a visiting professor at Stanford Law School, Brown University, the University of Melbourne, the University of Pretoria (South Africa), and the Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil).

Rodríguez-Garavito is co-editor of Cambridge University Press’s Globalization and Human Rights book series, and has served on the editorial boards of the Annual Review of Law and Social Science and the Business and Human Rights Journal. He serves on the boards of 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 Litigating the Climate Emergency: How Human Rights, Courts and Legal Mobilization Can Bolster Climate Action (Cambridge, ed., forthcoming); “Human Rights 2030: Existential Challenges and a New Paradigm for the Field” (Oxford, forthcoming); “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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