Erica Razook is the legal officer for anticorruption at the Open Society Justice Initiative. Her work centers on achieving legal accountability for corruption related to natural resource exploitation in Africa and Europe. In this role, she has helped develop litigation and non-litigation advocacy strategies focused on acts of abuse of public office, misappropriation of assets, and money laundering, including engaging with UN, African Union, and Council of Europe bodies.
Razook previously served the U.S. section of Amnesty International in its business and human rights program and as economic relations policy director, where she developed corporate accountability strategies across technology, security, and extractive industries. She also consulted for the organization’s international secretariat in London on human rights responsibilities of companies. She continues to serve as a voluntary adviser to Amnesty’s U.S. section on business and human rights, and also advises a community-based group in Harlem, New York City, that she co-founded, which challenges land use and rezoning plans that would cause mass displacement of low income-residents and small, independent businesses. Razook has testified before the U.S. Congress and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on issues of corporate accountability, corruption, human rights, and the rule of law.
Formerly, Razook was a consultant with Arthur Andersen, where she conducted compliance reviews of anti–money laundering and anti-terrorism regulation within the financial services industry in the United States, Mexico, and France, and assisted a Mexican immigrant workers’ education center with financial literacy programming. Earlier, Razook was an accounting clerk in the Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton companies, assisting in financial management of a multinational corporate structure. She also interned within Merrill Lynch’s wealth advisory group.
Razook received her JD from Brooklyn Law School and her BS in finance and information systems with honors from New York University’s Stern School of Business.