Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Taubman Center

Eric Biel - International Worker Rights and Responsible Business Conduct in a New Political Era

Monday, April 10, 2017

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum

Biel will speak about his recent experiences as part of the U.S. Labor Department's International Labor Affairs leadership team, where he worked on global supply chain issues and engagement with foreign governments, business, labor groups, and other parties on a range of international labor law and policy matters. His work with foreign governments and with the International Labor Organization in Geneva focused on improving conditions for workers.

Eric Biel served as Associate Deputy Undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of International Labor Affairs for the past five years. Prior to his recent government service, Biel held a variety of positions including managing director for corporate responsibility at Burson-Marsteller and deputy Washington director and senior counsel at Human Rights First. He has also served in senior positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce; as executive director of the bipartisan Commission on Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy; and at the Senate Finance Committee.

Since 2008, Biel has taught a course at the Georgetown University Law Center, “Human Rights at the Intersection of Trade and Corporate Responsibility,” which explores business and human rights issues. He has a BA in history from Johns Hopkins and joint degrees in law from Yale Law School and public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton.