Barnali Choudhury

Professor and Director, Jack & Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security
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Hons.B.Comm (McMaster), LL.B. (Queen's), LL.M. (Columbia), Ph.D. (Zurich), of the Bar of Ontario

Barnali Choudhury is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Jack & Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security. Prior to joining Osgoode, she was a Professor at University College London and academic director of UCL’s Global Governance Institute.

She is an internationally recognized expert on business and international economic issues, particularly as they relate to issues of human rights. She has published numerous books, including Corporate Duties to the Public (Cambridge University Press, 2019); Understanding the Company: Corporate Governance and Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2017); and Public Services and International Trade Liberalization: Human Rights and Gender Implications (Cambridge University Press, 2012), as well as a forthcoming commentary on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Her work has appeared in the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Berkeley Business Law Journal, International & Comparative Law Quarterly, Journal of Corporate Law Studies, as well as in numerous other journals and in book chapters. It has also been featured in the Oxford Business Law Blog, the Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog and the American Society of International Law Insight, among others. She has written op-eds for the Globe and Mail, the Neue Zurcher Zeitung, and iPolitics and her work has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek. She has held numerous research grants including a grant from the Leverhulme Trust, one of the UK’s most prestigious research bodies.

She is regularly invited to give talks and has presented her work throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and at the United Nations. She has visited at New York University, University of Cambridge, University of St. Gallen, University of Otago, and at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Private Law. In addition to numerous academic citations, her work has been cited by the United Nations, the UK’s House of Commons, the House of Lords EU Select Committee, international arbitral tribunals and relied on by governments and international non-governmental organizations.

Research Interests:  Corporate Law, Business & Human Rights, Corporate Social Responsibility, International Investment Law, Corporate Governance, International Trade Law, International Arbitration

Graduate Research Supervision (LLM, PhD): I am interested in supervising topics related to corporate law and international economic law, particularly if the proposal has a human rights, environmental, or other social focus