Ursula Wynhoven

Adjunct Professor of Law

Email: wynhoven@un.org
Telephone: 212-963-5705

Job Experience

Ursula Wynhoven is the General Counsel for the United Nations Global Compact. She is a member of the office’s Senior Management Team. In addition to managing legal affairs and governance matters, Ursula is the overall lead on the office's work programmes on the human rights and labour principles, including on women’s empowerment, business and children, indigenous peoples' rights and human trafficking.

She began working with the office in 2002. Previous positions held within the office include Head, Legal & Policy, Special Assistant to the Executive Director, Human Rights Adviser, and Programme Manager, Learning Forum. A lawyer by background, Ursula worked in private practice and government human rights agencies in both Australia and the United States before joining the UN.

Ursula has also worked for the Secretariat of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the OECD’s corporate responsibility initiative. Among other academic qualifications, Ursula has two Masters of Law degrees - from Columbia Law School, where she was also a Human Rights Fellow, and from Monash University Law School in Australia. She is admitted to practice law in jurisdictions in Australia, United States (California), and England and Wales.


Global Compact Performance Model in J. Jonker and M. de Witte (eds), Management Models for Corporate Social Responsibility, 2006, (chapter 8).

Introduction in Embedding Human Rights in Business Practice, 2004, co-authored with Lene Wendland, 2004.

Update on the Global Compact in Oil, Gas & Energy Law Intelligence 4 (2004): Special feature on Corporate Social Responsibility.

OECD Instruments and Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported Fishing, in Fish Piracy, OECD, 2004.

The Global Compact and Human Rights in Sustainable Development International, 11th edition, Summer 2004.

The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises: A Key Corporate Responsibility Instrument, OECD, 2003.

Environmental Risks for Lenders in Australian Finance Law, 4th ed. (1999), co-authored with Stephen Davis.


Columbia University, LLM (Hons) 2002

Monash University, LLM, BLitt, LLB (Hons), BEc

Mailing Address

Fordham University School of Law
150 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023