Galit A. Sarfaty

Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair in Global Economic Governance

A.B., Harvard University; J.D., Yale Law School; M.A., Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Chicago

Tel: 604-827-1808
Fax: 604-822-8108
Office Location: Allard Hall, 453


Galit A. Sarfaty holds a Canada Research Chair in Global Economic Governance and is an Associate Professor with tenure at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. She holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, a Ph.D. and M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, and an A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard University. She previously served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her position at Wharton, Professor Sarfaty was a Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Program on the Legal Profession and Human Rights Program, a Graduate Fellow at Harvard’s Center for Ethics, and a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her writing is informed by her work experience in a number of organizations, including the World Bank, the International Labor Organization, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and the Indian Law Resource Center.

Professor Sarfaty’s research focuses on the convergence of economic globalization with human rights. Her anthropological background has given her unique insights into the ways in which international law operates in practice, including the regulation of global supply chains and human rights, the culture of international institutions, and the use of quantitative regulatory tools in global governance. Professor Sarfaty’s research has been published in a book by Stanford University Press and several leading law journals, including the American Journal of International Law, Law and Social Inquiry, Harvard International Law Journal, Virginia Journal of International Law, University of Toronto Law Journal, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, and Stanford Journal of International Law

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Academic Publications


Values in Translation: Human Rights and the Culture of the World Bank (Stanford University Press, 2012)

Articles, Essays, & Book Chapters  

"Translating Modern Slavery into Management Practice," Law and Social Inquiry (forthcoming 2020) (peer-reviewed journal)

"Toward an Anthropology of International Law," in International Law as Behavior (Harlan G. Cohen & Timothy Meyer eds., Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020)

"Global Supply Chain Auditing," in Cambridge Handbook of Compliance (D. Daniel Sokol & Benjamin van Rooij eds., Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020)

"Supply Chains and Logistics," in Routledge Handbook of Law and Society (Mariana Valverde et al., Routledge, forthcoming 2020)

"An Anthropological Approach to International Economic Law," in Handbook on the Sociology of International Law (Moshe Hirsch & Andrew Lang eds., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018)

"Can Big Data Revolutionize International Human Rights Law?” 39 University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law 73 (2017)

"The Limitations of Supply Chain Disclosure Regimes," 53 Stanford Journal of International Law 1 (2017) (with Adam Chilton)

"Managing the Governance Gap," 67 University of Toronto Law Journal 655 (2017)

Shining Light on Global Supply Chains,” 56 Harvard International Law Journal 419 (2015)

“Measuring Corporate Accountability Through Global Indicators,” in The Quiet Power of Indicators: Measuring Governance, Corruption, and Rule of Law (Sally Engle Merry, Kevin E. Davis, & Benedict Kingsbury eds., Cambridge University Press, 2015)

Book Review, 108 American Journal of International Law 362 (2014) (reviewing Gregory Shaffer ed., Transational Legal Ordering and State Change)

"Human Rights Meets Securities Regulation," 54 Virginia Journal of International Law 97 (2013)

"Regulating Through Numbers: A Case Study of Corporate Sustainability Reporting," 53 Virginia Journal of International Law 575 (2013) (selected for presentation at the 2012 Stanford-Yale-Harvard Junior Faculty Forum)

"Why Culture Matters in International Institutions: The Marginality of Human Rights at the World Bank," 103 American Journal of International Law 647 (2009) (winner of the 2010 Francis Deák Prize, awarded to a younger author for meritorious scholarship published in the American Journal of International Law)

"Measuring Justice: Internal Conflict over the World Bank's Empirical Approach to Human Rights," in Mirrors of Justice: Law and Power in the Post-Cold War Era (Kamari Clarke & Mark Goodale eds., Cambridge University Press, 2009)

"International Norm Diffusion in the Pimicikamak Cree Nation: A Model of Legal Mediation," 48 Harvard International Law Journal 441 (2007)

"Doing Good Business or Just Doing Good: Competing Human Rights Frameworks at the World Bank," in The Intersection of Rights and Regulation: New Directions in Sociolegal Scholarship (Bronwen Morgan ed., Ashgate Press, 2007)

Note, "The World Bank and the Internalization of Indigenous Rights Norms," 114 Yale Law Journal 1791 (2005)

Book Review, 30 Yale Journal of International Law 338 (2005) (reviewing Salman M.A. Salman & Siobhan McInerney-Lankford, The Human Right to Water: Legal and Policy Dimensions)

Book Review, 98 American Journal of International Law 398 (2004) (reviewing Mac Darrow, Between Light and Shadow: The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and International Human Rights Law)

Book Review, 28 Yale Journal of International Law 275 (2003) (reviewing Karen Knop, Diversity and Self-Determination in International Law)

Newspaper Articles

"Jim Yong Kim Will Face the World Bank's Culture of Economists. Let's Hope it Won't Be Pretty," The Washington Post Online, June 29, 2012


Publications listed on the Law Library Faculty Research Publications Database