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
Email: sarfaty@allard.ubc.ca
Office Location: Allard Hall, 453

Profile

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 bridges public and private international law and has focused on the convergence of economic globalization with human rights, particularly labour rights. Her anthropological background has given her unique insights into the ways in which international law operates in practice, including the decision-making process within international institutions, the diffusion of international legal norms to the domestic and local levels, and the regulation of transnational economic activity. Her research has focused on such major international economic organizations as the World Bank, which was the subject of her book entitled Values in Translation: Human Rights and the Culture of the World Bank (Stanford University Press, 2012). Her earlier article on the World Bank was the winner of the 2010 Francis Deák Prize, awarded to a younger author for meritorious scholarship published in the American Journal of International Law. In addition, her article, “Regulating Through Numbers: A Case Study of Corporate Sustainability Reporting,” in the Virginia Journal of International Law was selected for presentation at the 2012 Stanford-Yale-Harvard Law Schools Junior Faculty Forum. Professor Sarfaty’s most recent research on the regulation of global supply chains and labour rights was published in the Harvard International Law Journal and the Stanford Journal of International Law.

For a summary of Professor Sarfaty's research, you can watch the following short video produced by Research2Reality:

http://research2reality.com/science-society/breaking-the-chain-of-human-rights-abuse/.

Academic Publications

Books

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

Articles and Essays

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

"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 (forthcoming 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) (peer-reviewed journal) (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