Ben Hoffman, JD ’11

Ben Hoffman, JD ’11

Clinical Teaching Fellow, Human Rights Clinic, Columbia Law School

Benjamin Hoffman is a teaching fellow in Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Clinic, specializing in international human rights law and corporate accountability, and his work and scholarship focus on the integration of community collaboration and empowerment in transnational human rights advocacy strategies and methodology.

Prior to joining Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Clinic, Benjamin spent three years working with EarthRights International in Lima, Peru, providing litigation support to communities from the Andean-Amazonian region resisting the harmful consequences of resource extraction and mega-development projects.

He has also worked with Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic, as an Ella Baker Fellow with the Center for Constitutional Rights, and as a Human Rights Fellow with the Colombian NGO DeJuSticia. Through this work, Benjamin has provided legal, policy, and advocacy support to communities in Latin America, South Africa and the United States affected by development projects, resource extraction, armed conflict, state violence, and Apartheid.

He holds a B.A. in Rhetoric and Political Science from U.C. Berkeley, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he received the Dean’s Award for Community Leadership for his work in the area of human rights. He is currently admitted to practice law in New York.