Acting Director, Human Rights Clinic
Benjamin Hoffman is a lawyer specializing in international human rights law and corporate accountability. Hoffman’s work and scholarship focus on the integration of community collaboration and co-empowerment in transnational human rights advocacy strategies and methodology. In 2016, he received the Faculty Honors Award from the Columbia Society of International Law.
Prior to joining Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Clinic, Hoffman 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, Hoffman 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, exploitative working conditions, and apartheid.
Hoffman received 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, and his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.