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Ochoa, Christiana
Professor of Law and Charles L. Whistler Faculty Fellow; Director, IU Ph.D. Minor in Human Rights
Maurer School of Law
Law Building 257
211 South Indiana Avenue
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: (812) 856-1516      E-mail: cochoa@indiana.edu     

Christiana Ochoa, before joining the Maurer School of Law faculty in 2003, was an associate in the Banking and Finance Group at the New York office of the global law firm, Clifford Chance, where she dedicated her efforts to cross-border capital markets and asset-backed finance transactions. Ochoa has also worked for a number of human rights and non-governmental organizations in Colombia, Brazil, and Nicaragua. She has lived for extended periods in Latin America and has significant academic and other work experience in that region.

Ochoa's scholarship focuses on global governance and human rights. Her work has been published in the Harvard International Law Journal, the Virginia Journal of International Law, the Indiana Law Journal, and the Human Rights Quarterly, among others. Her research concentrates in two interconnected areas: the role of individuals in law formation and the inextricable links between global economic activity and human rights. The first of these concentrations explores the relationship between the evolving role of individuals in global governance and under international law and the doctrinal role of individuals in international law formation.

Ochoa's more recent work in this area examines the individual's participation in law formation and in civil society as means to increasing the democratic legitimacy of international law and global governance mechanisms. Her work on global economic activity and human rights has included the development of what she terms the "Odious Finance Doctrine," as well as inquiries into the complex interconnection between the proliferation of finance tools and human rights.

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