Dr. Rebecca DeWinter-Schmitt is an expert in business and human rights, in particular pertaining to the private military and security industry. In various capacities, Rebecca has been involved in a variety of efforts to develop national and international standards for private security providers operating in complex environments, to include chairing the US delegation to the ISO committee that developed ISO 18788: Management System for Private Security Operations. She is Director of the Human Rights in Business Program housed at American University Washington College of Law’s Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law. Rebecca leads efforts to educate the legal and business communities on corporate responsibility issues and is currently spearheading a collaborative project to promote effective corporate human rights impact assessment. She has a number of publications examining soft law initiatives in the private security industry, and her research more broadly explores the effectiveness of multi-stakeholder governance.
Rebecca is also Senior Managing Director at Human Analytics, a D.C.-based risk management consultancy specializing in helping public and private organizations address human rights risks associated with operating in complex environments. She has assisted clients with developing management systems to meet industry standards. Rebecca also serves on Amnesty International USA’s (AIUSA) Business and Human Rights Group as a volunteer thematic expert.
Until 2012, Rebecca was an Assistant Professor at American University’s School of International Service’s Peace and Conflict Resolution Program where she taught courses among other things on corporate social responsibility, international ethics, and the economics of violence and peace. From 1998 to 2002, Rebecca was a staff member of AIUSA, first in its National Field Program and then as Program Associate to the Just Earth! Program on Human Rights and the Environment. Rebecca received her PhD from American University’s School of International Service, her master’s degree from the University of Marburg, Germany, and her undergraduate degree from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA.