Visiting Professor - January Term 2021
Samuel D. Thurman Professor of Law, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
BA, University of Chicago, 2023
MA, University of Chicago, 2023
JD, Harvard Law School, 2023
Erika R. George is the Samuel D. Thurman Professor of Law at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law where she teaches constitutional law, international human rights law, international environmental law, and seminars in corporate citizenship. She was appointed Tanner Humanities Center Director in 2019. She earned her B.A. with honors at the University of Chicago and her J.D. at Harvard Law School, where she served as Articles Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. She also holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago.
Her recent scholarship has appeared in the California Law Review, the Michigan Journal of International Law, the New York University Journal of International Law and Policy, the Berkeley Journal of Journal of International Law and the annual proceedings of the American Society of International Law. Her current research explores the responsibilities of multinational corporations to respect international human rights and efforts to hold corporations accountable for alleged rights violations.
She is a member of the Executive Board of the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights and serves on the editorial board of the Business and Human Rights Journal. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She is the former Interim Director of the Tanner Center for Human Rights and a former Presidential Leadership Fellow. She served as legal studies liaison to the Master of Science in International Affairs and Global Enterprise.
Prior to joining the University of Utah, Professor George served as a fellow and later consultant to Human Rights Watch conducting human rights investigations in South Africa on women’s rights, children’s rights, violence, the right to education and rights abuses related to the HIVAIDS epidemic. Her book-length report for Human Rights Watch Scared at School: Sexual Violence Against Girls in South African Schools received widespread media coverage in South Africa and internationally. She served as special counsel to the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. Professor George has testified before international human rights treaty bodies, foreign governments, and has briefed the international media on international human rights law, racial discrimination, and gender violence. She serves on the editorial board of the Business and Human Rights Journal. She is a frequent speaker on human rights, sustainability, diversity, gender equality, and corporate social responsibility. The BBC, The Economist, NBC News, CNN, and the Christian Science Monitor among other media outlets have reported on her human rights investigations.
In addition to her experience as an academic and human rights advocate, Professor George has practical experience in private commercial practice, from her work as a litigation associate for the corporate law firms of Jenner & Block in Chicago and later Coudert Brothers LLP in New York City. She is the author of Incorporating Rights forthcoming from Oxford University Press.