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Andrea Shemberg is a common law and international human rights lawyer with more than 15 years of experience in business and human rights focusing on investment. From 2007 to 2011, Andrea served as Legal Advisor to the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, John Ruggie (SRSG). She led the SRSG's work on investment, carrying out the joint SRSG-International Finance Corporation research on stabilisation clauses and human rights and leading the SRSG’s process to realise the Principles for Responsible Contracts, presented to the UN Human Rights Council with his final report. Andrea also advised the SRSG on a range of international law issues, assisting the SRSG in developing the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. She began her legal career as a management-side employment and labour law lawyer with a commercial law firm in the United States before completing her MSc in Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Andrea also served as Legal Advisor to the Economic Relations team at Amnesty International UK and established the first Economic Relations team at the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva.


Andrea currently serves as Chair of the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights and is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She teaches business and human rights and consults privately, carrying out research and policy work for a range of private and public organizations including companies, civil society organizations and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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