Kaitlin Y. Cordes
Head: Land and Agriculture
Kaitlin Y. Cordes leads the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment’s work on investments in land and agriculture. In addition, she specializes in the intersection of human rights and international investments. Prior to joining CCSI, she worked with the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, focusing on farmworkers in South Africa, and served as an advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food (Olivier De Schutter), concentrating primarily on large-scale land acquisitions, access to land, inclusive business models, and the rights of agricultural workers. She also has worked with a range of social justice organizations in the United States and India, and clerked for Justice Virginia A. Long of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. She is the co-editor of Accounting for Hunger: The Right to Food in the Era of Globalisation (Hart, 2011). She holds a bachelor of arts in Political Science and International Studies from Northwestern University and a juris doctor from Columbia Law School, where she was a James Kent Scholar, a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar, and recipient of the Valentin J.T. Wertheimer Prize and a Parker School Certificate in Foreign and Comparative Law. She is admitted to the bar in New York.