Based in Berlin
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Rebecca is a business and human rights consultant currently based in Berlin, Germany. She works on client projects for twentyfifty.
In her academic capacity, Rebecca is the pro bono director of the Human Rights in Business Program housed at American University Washington College of Law’s Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. She leads the Program’s efforts to educate the legal and business communities on corporate responsibility issues and spearheads a collaborative project to promote effective corporate human rights impact assessment. Prior to joining the Center’s team in 2012, Rebecca was an Assistant Professor at American University’s School of International Service.
Rebecca is a specialist in security and human rights. In various capacities, she has been involved in efforts to develop national and international standards for private security companies, to include the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers and the private security operations management standards ISO 18788 and ANSI/ASIS PSC.1. She currently serves as an Observer to the International Code of Conduct Association.
As a consultant, Rebecca has aided private security companies and their logistical support providers with assessing and updating their quality assurance and risk management systems to comply with industry standards.
From 1998 to 2002, Rebecca was a staff member of Amnesty International USA’s Just Earth! Program on Human Rights and the Environment. For the last fifteen years, she has served as a volunteer expert in its Business and Human Rights Group.
Rebecca has numerous publications examining soft law initiatives in the private security industry, human rights impact assessment, and the effectiveness of multi-stakeholder corporate governance. She holds a PhD in International Relations from American University and a diploma (MA equivalent) in Political Science from the University of Marburg, Germany.