For Immediate Release

Contact:
Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law

6/20/2006

Law School Professor Selected as Advisor to Human Rights Panel

Anita RamasastryProfessor Anita Ramasastry, UW Professor of Law, has been appointed by The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) in Geneva, Switzerland, as a special advisor to an expert panel to addressing corporate complicity in international human rights violations.

Professor Ramasastry was selected to join the advisory group as a result of her past work as a special attorney and advisor to a tribunal established to resolve claims to Holocaust-era bank accounts.  She also has extensive international legal experience in the areas of commerce and human rights, including her work on projects sponsored by the Canadian and Norwegian governments relating to business and international crimes.

The ICJ panel’s task is to outline how businesses may be held legally liable for helping to commit serious human rights violations that are considered international crimes.   The panel, comprised of eight eminent lawyers, will establish clear legal guidelines for businesses, NGOs, governments, and the United Nations, thereby enabling them to identify when businesses have crossed the line and have become participants in international crimes.

The ICJ is "dedicated since 1952 to the primacy, coherence and implementation of international law and principles that advance human rights."