International Corporate Accountability Roundtable

Eric Biel 

Workstreams: Finance, Trade, and Investment

Eric Biel began work in January 2018 as Senior Advisor to the Fair Labor Association, a
multi-stakeholder organization that brings together business, civil society organizations,
and colleges and universities to promote and protect workers’ rights and to improve
working conditions globally through adherence to international labor standards. From
January 2012 to January 2017, Biel served as Associate Deputy Undersecretary in the
U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), where he led
ILAB’s work on a diverse set of legal and policy matters. After leaving government, he
worked on varied projects with business, law, and non-profit groups; was a frequent
speaker on trade, labor, and business and human rights issues; and served on the
Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on the Future of the U.S. Workforce, which will
complete its work in April 2018. From 2000-11, Biel held a variety of positions outside
of government, including Deputy Washington Director and Senior Counsel at Human
Rights First. Prior government service from 1990-2000 included senior positions at the
U.S. Department of Commerce; Executive Director of the bipartisan Commission on
Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy; and Trade Counsel at the Senate Finance
Committee. Since 2008, Biel has taught a course at the Georgetown University Law
Center on “Human Rights at the Intersection of Trade and Corporate Responsibility” that
examines a range of business and human rights issues. He has a B.A. degree from
Johns Hopkins and a joint J.D.-M.P.A. degree from Yale Law School and the Woodrow
Wilson School at Princeton.