Elected Member

Professor Erika George

Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law
University of Chicago
Harvard Law School

Erika George is the Samuel D. Thurman Professor of Law at the Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. She earned a B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from 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.

Prior to joining the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, Professor George served as a law clerk for Judge William T. Hart on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, as a litigation associate for the law firms of Jenner & Block in Chicago and Coudert Brothers LLP in New York City, and as a fellow and later consultant to Human Rights Watch.

Professor George's scholarship has appeared in the California Law Review, the Michigan Journal of International Law, the New York University Journal of International Law and Policy, and the annual proceedings of the American Society of International Law. Her current research explores the responsibility of corporations to respect international human rights and various efforts to hold business enterprises accountable for alleged abuses. 

Professor George has testified before international human rights treaty bodies and foreign governments. She is a frequent speaker on human rights and environmental issues. The BBC, The Economist, NBC News, CNN, and the Christian Science Monitor among other media outlets have reported on her human rights investigations.

She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She is Chair of the Advisory Board of the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights and serves on the editorial board of the Cambridge University Press Business and Human Rights Journal.

Professor George teaches Constitutional Law, International Human Rights Law, International Environmental Law, Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Rights, International Trade, International Business Transactions, and Civil Procedure. She also directs the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah.

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Areas of Expertise
Human Rights (Constitutional Law)
Civil Practice & Procedure (Litigation)
International Law