Dr Jennifer Zerk is a freelance analyst and consultant specializing in legal aspects of business and human rights and corporate social responsibility.
Before setting up her consulting practice she worked as a commercial lawyer in London, with a particular focus on energy law and infrastructure projects.
Jennifer is a regular contributor and commentator on UK and EU policy and regulatory strategy and has testified before the UK Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights.
Internationally, she is a respected and sought after consultant, commentator and speaker. She has advised on a number of significant law reform and policy initiatives in the business and human rights field including, most recently, as lead legal consultant to the Accountability and Remedy Project of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
She holds a LLM from the University of London and a PhD from the University of Cambridge.
Areas of expertise
- International law
- Regulatory analysis
- Cross-border regulatory issues and problems (e.g. extraterritorial jurisdiction, cooperative arrangements)
- Business and human rights (legal)
- Corporate social responsibility (legal)
|2003 -||Principal, Jennifer Zerk Consulting|
PhD Research and University teaching, Magdalene College, Cambridge
|1994-98||Solicitor, Ashurst, London office, company and commercial department|
- Multinationals and Corporate Social Responsibility: Limitations and Opportunities in International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2006).
- ‘Oil and gas projects and human rights’ in Oil and Gas: A Practical Handbook, 2nd edition, Picton-Tuberwill (ed), (Globe Business Publishing Limited, 2014).
- Corporate Liability for Gross Human Rights Abuses: Towards a fairer and more effective system of domestic law remedies Report prepared for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, February 2014.
- Extraterritorial jurisdiction: lessons for the business and human rights sphere from six regulatory areas Report commissioned by the Harvard Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative to help inform the mandate of the UN Secretary General's Special Representative on Business and Human Rights.
- Simply Put: Towards an effective UK regime for environmental and social reporting by companies Report commissioned by the Corporate Responsibility (CORE) Coalition, with a foreword by Lisa Nandy MP, Chair, The All Party Parliamentary Group for International Corporate Responsibility (May 2011).