Andrea Shemberg is a common law lawyer and international human rights lawyer with more than 10 years of experience in business and human rights focusing on investment. She began her legal career as an employment and labour law lawyer with a commercial law firm in the United States before completing her MSc in Human Rights at the LSE. Subsequently she was Legal Advisor to the Economic Relations team at Amnesty International UK, and then helped establish the first Economic Relations team at the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva. Andrea then served as Legal Advisor to the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative John Ruggie (SRSG), advising on a range of international law issues and helping the SRSG’s efforts to realise the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, unanimously endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2011. While with the SRSG she headed his work on investment, carrying out the joint SRSG-International Finance Corporation research on stabilization 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 currently serves as an Advisor to the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights and as a member of the Technical Advisory Group of the Natural Resource Charter. She also carries out research and policy work and engages in training with a range of public and private organizations including non-governmental organizations and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Andrea teaches business and human rights law and policy to graduate students at the Center for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee.