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Christiana Ochoa

Professor of Law and Charles L. Whistler Faculty Fellow
Director, IU Ph.D. Minor in Human Rights
Contact Information
cochoa[at] indiana[dot]edu
(812) 856-1516
Law Building 257
B.A. at University of Michigan, 1993
J.D. at Harvard University, 1998
Contracts I (B501)
Corporate Finance Law (B656)
International Business Transactions (B735)
International Human Rights (B793)
Seminar in Human Rights (L793)
International Law (B665)
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  • Director, IU Ph.D. Minor in Human Rights Program, (2010 - )
  • Visiting Professor and Researcher, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (1998-1999)
  • Corporate Attorney, Clifford Chance, London and New York (1997-2001)
  • Experience with a number of human rights and community development organizations and NGOs in Latin America (1993-1999)

Before joining the faculty in 2003, Professor Ochoa was an associate in the Banking and Finance Group at the New York office of the global law firm, Clifford Chance, where she dedicated her efforts to cross-border capital markets and asset-backed finance transactions. Ochoa has also worked for a number of human rights and non-governmental organizations in Colombia, Brazil, and Nicaragua. She has lived for extended periods in Latin America and has significant academic and other work experience in that region.

Ochoa's scholarship focuses on global governance and human rights. Her work has been published in the Harvard International Law Journal, the Virginia Journal of International Law, the Indiana Law Journal, and the Human Rights Quarterly, among others. Her research concentrates in two interconnected areas: the role of individuals in law formation and the inextricable links between global economic activity and human rights. The first of these concentrations explores the relationship between the evolving role of individuals in global governance and under international law and the doctrinal role of individuals in international law formation.

Ochoa's more recent work in this area examines the individual's participation in law formation and in civil society as means to increasing the democratic legitimacy of international law and global governance mechanisms. Her work on global economic activity and human rights has included the development of what she terms the "Odious Finance Doctrine," as well as inquiries into the complex interconnection between the proliferation of finance tools and human rights.

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