|Born||November 24, 1960|
|Known for||Human Rights/Civil Liberties|
|Board member of||Fairtrade International; The Negotiation Center (UTD); ACLU Dallas|
Chip Pitts is a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School. Considered one of the world’s “top academics on corporate responsibility,” he also serves as a Professor or Visiting Professor at other leading institutions in the West and Asia, where his teaching includes leadership, global governance, business and human rights, sustainability, and ethical globalization. Advisor to the UN Global Compact, he has led the Compact’s Good Practice Note project since its inception. Currently a board member of Bonn-based Fairtrade International, he is former Board President of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and former Chairman of Amnesty International USA.
Pitts is an international attorney, human rights activist, businessman, and law educator who brings practical as well as academic experience to bear in lecturing on human rights and international business at law schools and universities including Stanford and Oxford.
Former Chief Legal Officer of Nokia, Inc. and partner at Baker & McKenzie law firm, Pitts has served as founding executive, entrepreneur, and investor in technology startups including Tellme Networks. Among awards Pitts has received are the Peacemaker of the Year award from the Dallas Peace Center, and the Dallas Bar Association's Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year award, in addition to other pro bono and outstanding service awards from various bar associations and other organizations. Recent pro bono litigation in which he has been involved includes EPIC’s successful lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration against the “naked body scanners,” as well as the Kiobel litigation to preserve the Alien Tort Statute as a corporate accountability remedy.
He is a frequent keynote speaker at academic conferences, international conferences, world affairs councils, civil liberties conferences, and foreign policy committee meetings. For over two decades, he has represented the United States government as well as nongovernmental organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights First (fka Lawyers Committee for Human Rights), and the Advocates for Human Rights at the United Nations.
He was an advisor to the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights, and is a board or advisory board member of other organizations including The Negotiations Center, the London-Based Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and the ACLU of Dallas.
He blogs at www.CSRLaw.org, and his writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines ranging from The Washington Post to the Wall Street Journal, from The Nation and The New Republic to Liberty magazine and The American Conservative, and from the Washington Spectator to Foreign Affairs. He has testified before foreign parliaments and the U.S. Congress, appears frequently in international media on topics including international law, privacy, national security, and human rights, and his broadcast commentaries have appeared among other places on National Public Radio and Public Radio International. Pitts is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and the Pacific Council on International Policy in San Francisco.
Pitts is the author, co-author, or editor of numerous articles and several books, including:
- Corporate Social Responsibility: A Legal Analysis (Lexis Nexis, 2009) ISBN 978-0-433-45115-0
- Human Rights Corporate Accountability Guide: From Law to Norms to Values (BLIHR & Harvard, 2008).
- Business, Human Rights, & The Environment: The Role of the Lawyer in CSR & Ethical Globalization 26:2 Berkeley J. Int'l Law 479 (2008).
- Baker & McKenzie NAFTA Handbook (CCH 1994).
- "Chip Pitts, Lecturer in Law". Stanford Law School. May 13, 2003. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
- "Editor, Ethical Corporation Magazine: Top Academics on Corporate Responsibility". Ethical Corporation Magazine. May 13, 2010. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
- "Visiting Professor, Minnesota Human Rights Center". Minnesota Law School. February 2010. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
- "Visiting Professor, CEIBS". China Europe International Business School. December 1, 2010. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
- "Professor, Kyung Hee School of Law, Seoul Korea". Kyung Hee School of Law. December 2011. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
- "Good Practice Notes on Human Rights Released". United Nations Global Compact. December 19, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
- "Board of Directors, Fairtrade International". Fairtrade International. February 2013. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
- "From Nobodies to Somebodies: How 100 Great Careers Got Started". Portfolio. Spring 2005. Retrieved 2009-02-13.
- Stanford Law School. "Lecturer, Stanford Law School". Law.stanford.edu. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- "The Spirit of Social Enterprise Lecture Series" (PDF). Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- "University of Oxford Continuing Education" (PDF). Conted.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- "Top Nokia Executive to Join TellMe Networks". Findarticles.com. October 11, 1999. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- "Thought Leaders Network, Chip Pitts". CriticalEye.net. October 2009. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
- "Chip Pitts Peacemaker of the Year". Dallas Peace Center. Fall 2004. Retrieved February 13, 2009.
- "LegalSpan Faculty: Chip Pitts". Legalspan.com. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- "EPIC v. DHS (Suspension of Body Scanner Program)". Electronic Privacy Information Center. January 2013. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
- "Amicus Brief of International Law Scholars" (PDF). Earthrights.org. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
- "Transatlantic Symposium Focuses on Corporate Human Rights Responsibilities". Law.northwestern.edu. April 4, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- European Coalition for Corporate Justice (May 29, 2008). "Conference: Smart Regulation – Legislative Opportunities for the EU to Improve Corporate Accountability". Corporatejustice.org. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- "Human Rights in Global Governance, Business, and Beyond"[dead link]
- Ghouse, Mike (April 18, 2008). "Keynote Speaker: Chip Pitts". Dallasmuslimcenter.blogspot.com. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- "Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations: Human Rights and International Business"[dead link]
- "United Nations Press Release: Independent Expert of the Commission on Human Rights on the Right to Development Addresses Sub-Commission". Unhchr.ch. August 8, 2003. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- "Who We Are: Advisors". Blihr.org. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- "Board of Advisors". Utdallas.edu. July 30, 2008. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- "International Advisory Network". Business-humanrights.org. May 15, 2003. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- "EPIC Advisory Board". Epic.org. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- "ACLU Dallas Board"[dead link]
- "Tough Patriot Act Followed by Forty Nations". Twf.org. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z. "Author Bio: Chip Pitts". Thenation.com. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- "Author Bio: Chip Pitts"
- "Minority Report: A Glimpse Ahead?"[dead link]
- "Counsels of a Liberal Ex-President". Amconmag.com. February 13, 2006. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- "Under Surveillance: The End of Illegal Domestic Spying? Don't Count on It". Washingtonspectator.com. March 15, 2007. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- Pitts, Joe W. (July 1, 2002). "Inequality is No Myth". Foreignaffairs.org. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- "Responsabilidad Social Corporativa una visión desde el marco internacional: Congreso de los Diputados (5 de noviembre de 2007)"[dead link]
- "Re-Authorization of the USA Patriot Act (June 10, 2005)". Commdocs.house.gov. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- Al Jazeera Network (May 3, 2011). "Al Jazeera Speaks to International Legal Expert, Chip Pitts". www.aljazeera.com/. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
- All Things Considered (May 28, 2002). "Exxon-Mobil Shareholders". Npr.org. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- John Herb (November 3, 2003). "Money and Politics". Npr.org. Retrieved November 30, 2011.