Chris Jochnick

Chris Jochnick

Founder of Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR)

1994 Global Fellow

The Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) works to promote social justice through human rights. In a world where poverty and inequality deprive entire communities of dignity, justice, and sometimes life, the Center seeks to uphold the universal human rights of every human being to education, health, food, water, housing, work, and other economic, social, and cultural rights essential to human dignity.

El Centro por los Derechos Económicos y Sociales (CESR) intenta promover la justicia social a través de los derechos humanos. En un mundo donde la pobreza y la desigualdad priva a comunidades enteras de dignidad, justicia y, a veces, la vida, buscamos defender el derecho universal de cada ser humano a la educación, la salud, la alimentación, el agua, la vivienda, el trabajo y a otros derechos económicos, sociales y culturales básicos para la dignidad humana.


Chris Jochnick is the Director of Private Sector Engagement at Oxfam America. Mr. Jochnick is the co-founder and former director of two non-profit organizations devoted to economic and social rights. He has worked more than 15 years on issues of human rights and corporate accountability, including seven years in Latin America supporting grassroots campaigns around extractive industries, sovereign debt and trade agreements. Prior to joining Oxfam, Mr. Jochnick worked as a corporate attorney with the Wall Street law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrizon, where he advised companies on environmental and social responsibilities. Mr. Jochnick is a graduate of Harvard Law School, a former MacArthur Fellow and currently an adjunct associate professor of human rights and development at Columbia University.