Chip Pitts

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Chip Pitts
Born (1960-11-24) November 24, 1960 (age 60)
Known forHuman Rights/Civil Liberties
Board member ofElectronic Privacy Information Center; The Negotiation Center (UTD); ACLU Dallas

Chip Pitts is a lecturer who has regularly taught at Stanford,[1] Oxford,[2] and as a Professor or Visiting Professor at other major universities in the West [3] and Asia.[4][5] Considered one of the world’s “top academics on corporate responsibility,”[6] his teaching includes leadership, global governance, business and human rights, sustainability, and ethical globalization.[4] Advisor to the UN Global Compact, he has led the Compact’s Good Practice Note project since its inception.[7] Currently a board member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center,[8] he has also been a board leader (among others) of Bonn-based Fairtrade International,[9] former President and Chair of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and former Chair of Amnesty International USA.[10]


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[11] and Oxford.[12][13]

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.[14][15] Among awards Pitts has received are the Peacemaker of the Year award from the Dallas Peace Center,[16] 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.[17] 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,”[18] as well as the Kiobel litigation to preserve the Alien Tort Statute as a corporate accountability remedy.[19]

He is a frequent keynote speaker at academic conferences,[20] international conferences,[21] world affairs councils,[22] civil liberties conferences,[23] and foreign policy committee meetings.[24] 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.[25]

He was an advisor to the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights,[26] and is a board or advisory board member of other organizations including The Negotiations Center,[27] the London-Based Business and Human Rights Resource Centre,[28] the Electronic Privacy Information Center,[29] and the ACLU of Dallas.[30]

He blogs at, and his writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines ranging from The Washington Post[31] to the Wall Street Journal, from The Nation[32] and The New Republic[33] to Liberty magazine[34] and The American Conservative,[35] and from the Washington Spectator[36] to Foreign Affairs.[37] He has testified before foreign parliaments[38] and the U.S. Congress,[39] appears frequently in international media on topics including international law, privacy, national security, and human rights,[40] and his broadcast commentaries have appeared among other places on National Public Radio[41] and Public Radio International.[42] 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).


  1. ^ "Chip Pitts, Lecturer in Law". Stanford Law School. May 13, 2003. Archived from the original on February 7, 2013. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
  2. ^ "Chip Pitts, Faculty, Oxford University Program International Human Rights Law". Oxford University. May 13, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "Visiting Professor, Minnesota Human Rights Center". Minnesota Law School. February 2010. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Visiting Professor, CEIBS". China Europe International Business School. December 1, 2010. Archived from the original on January 15, 2016. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
  5. ^ "Professor, Kyung Hee School of Law, Seoul Korea". Kyung Hee School of Law. December 2011. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
  6. ^ "Editor, Ethical Corporation Magazine: Top Academics on Corporate Responsibility". Ethical Corporation Magazine. May 13, 2010. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
  7. ^ "Good Practice Notes on Human Rights Released". United Nations Global Compact. December 19, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
  8. ^ "Board Member, Electronic Privacy Information Center". Electronic Privacy Information Center. February 2015. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  9. ^ "Board of Directors, Fairtrade International". Fairtrade International. February 2013. Archived from the original on January 31, 2013. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
  10. ^ "From Nobodies to Somebodies: How 100 Great Careers Got Started". Portfolio. Spring 2005. Archived from the original on March 10, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-13.
  11. ^ Stanford Law School. "Lecturer, Stanford Law School". Archived from the original on November 8, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  12. ^ "The Spirit of Social Enterprise Lecture Series" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 27, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  13. ^ "University of Oxford Continuing Education" (PDF). Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  14. ^ "Top Nokia Executive to Join TellMe Networks". October 11, 1999. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  15. ^ "Thought Leaders Network, Chip Pitts". October 2009. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
  16. ^ "Chip Pitts Peacemaker of the Year". Dallas Peace Center. Fall 2004. Retrieved February 13, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ "LegalSpan Faculty: Chip Pitts". Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  18. ^ "EPIC v. DHS (Suspension of Body Scanner Program)". Electronic Privacy Information Center. January 2013. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
  19. ^ "Amicus Brief of International Law Scholars" (PDF). Center for Constitutional Rights. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
  20. ^ "Transatlantic Symposium Focuses on Corporate Human Rights Responsibilities". April 4, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  21. ^ European Coalition for Corporate Justice (May 29, 2008). "Conference: Smart Regulation – Legislative Opportunities for the EU to Improve Corporate Accountability". Archived from the original on October 6, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  22. ^ "World Affairs Council - World Affairs Council". July 17, 2011. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011.
  23. ^ Ghouse, Mike (April 18, 2008). "Keynote Speaker: Chip Pitts". Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  24. ^ "Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations: Human Rights and International Business" Archived September 24, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  25. ^ "United Nations Press Release: Independent Expert of the Commission on Human Rights on the Right to Development Addresses Sub-Commission". August 8, 2003. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  26. ^ "Who We Are: Advisors". Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  27. ^ "Board of Advisors". July 30, 2008. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  28. ^ "International Advisory Network". May 15, 2003. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  29. ^ "EPIC Advisory Board". Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  30. ^ "ACLU Dallas Board" Archived March 11, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  31. ^ "Tough Patriot Act Followed by Forty Nations". Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  32. ^ 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". Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  33. ^ "Author Bio: Chip Pitts"[permanent dead link]
  34. ^ "Minority Report: A Glimpse Ahead?" Archived July 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  35. ^ "Counsels of a Liberal Ex-President". February 13, 2006. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  36. ^ "Under Surveillance: The End of Illegal Domestic Spying? Don't Count on It". March 15, 2007. Archived from the original on October 29, 2007. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  37. ^ Pitts, Joe W. (July 1, 2002). "Inequality is No Myth". Archived from the original on July 5, 2008. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  38. ^ "Responsabilidad Social Corporativa una visión desde el marco internacional: Congreso de los Diputados (5 de noviembre de 2007)"[dead link]
  39. ^ "Re-Authorization of the USA Patriot Act (June 10, 2005)". Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  40. ^ Al Jazeera Network (May 3, 2011). "Al Jazeera Speaks to International Legal Expert, Chip Pitts". Retrieved February 8, 2013.
  41. ^ All Things Considered (May 28, 2002). "Exxon-Mobil Shareholders". Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  42. ^ John Herb (November 3, 2003). "Money and Politics". Retrieved November 30, 2011.