Ekaterina Aristova

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow

Other affiliations

Faculty of Law Mansfield College Oxford Business and Human Rights Network (OxBHR)


Ekaterina is an academic and a lawyer specialising in the field of business and human rights. Her work focuses on strategic human rights and environmental litigation. She examines how conventional private law doctrines evolve in response to global challenges and are used creatively in different jurisdictions to foster human rights and environmental accountability. Ekaterina is the author of Tort Litigation against Transnational Corporations: The Challenge of Jurisdiction in English Courts(OUP 2024), a revised manuscript of a PhD thesis completed at the University of Cambridge. She is also a co-editor of Civil Remedies and Human Rights in Flux(Hart Publishing 2022) and ‘Civil Liability for Human Rights Violations: A Handbook for Practitioners’ (Bonavero Institute of Human Rights 2022).

Since 2019, Ekaterina has been a Research Fellow at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights (Faculty of Law, University of Oxford), where she convenes a course ‘Business and Human Rights - Real World Accountability’ and supervises postgraduate students. In 2019-2022, Ekaterina coordinated a project on civil liability for human rights violations funded by Oak Foundation. In 2022, she was awarded a prestigious Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship to complete a project on corporate climate change litigation. Ekaterina is regularly invited as a guest lecturer and speaker to teach or talk about international litigation, ESG governance, climate change and business and human rights.  

In the last few years, Ekaterina also served as a consultant on several research projects that have sought to strengthen corporate accountability for human rights violations. Prior to commencing her academic career, she practised corporate law, specialising in all aspects of M&A transactions, completing a training contract in White & Case’s Moscow office before spending seven years as a senior in-house lawyer at two leading Russian investment companies.

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