Chris Fletcher ’11

I chose Northeastern because I wanted to learn alongside others committed to advancing the public good.

Chris Fletcher ’11

Chris Fletcher never thought he would be a lawyer. But several experiences with injustice turned his path toward social justice, and eventually to law. “Traditional human-rights tools — while still vital — can have limitations,” explains Chris. “NGOs can be underfunded and have a reduced impact, and bureaucratic governments can be slow to adapt and respond to human rights violations.”

Corporations, however — when driven by the right vision — have the potential to bring about needed and positive change on a global scale. Chris therefore focused his studies at Northeastern on business and human rights, a relatively new field in which businesses work to assess and address their actual and potential adverse impacts to human rights.

“I chose Northeastern because I wanted to learn alongside others committed to advancing the public good,” says Chris, who today serves as a human rights specialist with Wells Fargo, where he focuses on identifying, assessing and mitigating human rights risk for a range of issues for potential corporate loans, and assists with the development of the bank’s human rights strategy, training, policies and disclosure.

Co-op

Massachusetts Superior Court, Boston, Massachusetts

Chris assisted with a range of business litigation matters and received valuable mentorship from a member of the bench.

Research Assistant

Chris was selected as part of research team, directed by Harvard Law School Professor David Kennedy, on behalf of PricewaterhouseCoopers, to research good governance regulations.

Activities
  • Academic and Student Affairs Committee
  • Governing Council
  • International Law Society
  • Restorative Justice Society
  • Student Bar Association: Graduate and Professional Student Association Senator
Co-op

United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT), Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Chris worked with UNAKRT, investigating the alleged forced transfer of populations and the use of media to incite genocide.

Electives
  • Administrative Law
  • Business and Human Rights Independent Study
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporations
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Human Rights in the Global Economy
  • International and Foreign Legal Research
  • International Business Regulation
  • International Law
  • Law and Economic Development
  • Negotiation
Co-op

PHRGE Fellow, Oxfam America, Private Sector Department, Boston, Massachusetts

Chris was selected for the law school’s coveted Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) Fellowship, which funded his co-op at Oxfam America, where he dealt with cutting-edge issues, such as locating and analyzing critiques of John Ruggie’s UN framework for business and human rights.

Research Assistant

Chris assisted Professor Hope Lewis with research on UN discussions on violence against women, the obligations of corporations toward migrant workers, and the Haiti earthquake relief effort.

Co-op

Life is good, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts

Chris assisted with strategic planning and implementation of the company’s sustainability program; among other projects, he updated their factory code of conduct to enhance social compliance within supply-chain factories.

After Graduation

Associate, Perseus Strategies, Washington, DC

Next

Associate, BSR, Hong Kong

Now

Human Rights Specialist, Wells Fargo, Denver, Colorado

Result

A business and human rights practitioner helping companies to improve their human rights performance.