About the Author

Global Investment Watch is the creation of John Richardson, John has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of human rights and political risk analysis, corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility. He has served in a number of roles on behalf of institutional investors in the U.S. and U.K. and has advised both pension funds and investment management firms on human rights and corporate governance issues. Mr. Richardson has also worked in the private equity field, negotiating transactions involving ESOP leveraged buyouts of distressed companies, working with labor unions and employees to complete a number of successful buyouts of public and private companies. In addition, his work with labor organizations on the local and national levels has given him considerable insight into challenging business issues.

John holds a juris doctor degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and a Masters of Law (LLM) degree in international law from American University, Washington College of Law in Washington DC. He has written on a number of topics including the Internet and the law of armed conflict, corporate governance, economic development and human rights and corporate political giving. He has been active with the UN Global Compact, the UN Principles of Responsible Investment.

He currently resides in Washington, D.C. and serves as an Adjunct Professor at the School of International Service at American University, and was the Co-Director of the Human Rights in Business Program at the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the Washington College of Law.

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