UW School of Law Professor Anita Ramasastry has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for research and to teach at the Irish Centre for Human Rights at National University of Ireland (NUI) - Galway during the 2007-08 academic year. Her research will focus on defining legal standards related to "corporate complicity," an emerging area of law that looks at holding businesses accountable for their role in aiding human rights violations in war zones and through economic partnerships with repressive regimes.
Ramasastry has previously been recognized as an expert in this arena. Last June, she was appointed by the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva, Switzerland, as a special advisor to an expert panel addressing corporate complicity in international human rights violations.
She recently co-authored a 16-country study which examined the accountability of businesses for serious human rights violations in conflict economies. This study, funded by the Canadian government and the Ford Foundation, was cited this month by the United National’s Special Representative to the Secretary General on Business and Human Rights in his just-issued report, "Business and Human Rights: Mapping International Standards of Responsibility and Accountability for Corporate Acts." Previously, Ramasastry helped to establish a claims resolution tribunal to deal with Swiss banks and their involvement with Holocaust-era bank accounts.
Ramasastry joined the faculty in 1996. Her research interests include commercial law, banking and payments systems, law and development, and comparative law. She is a commissioner and chair of the Washington state delegation to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.
The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.