Christiana  Ochoa

Christiana Ochoa

Executive Associate Dean; Professor of Law and Class of 1950 Herman B Wells Endowed Professor; Academic Director, Indiana University Mexico Gateway

  • B.A., University of Michigan 1993
  • J.D., Harvard University 1998
  • Documentary film director and executive producer
  • Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs (2017-2019); named Executive Associate Dean in 2019
  • Associate Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs (2014-2017)
  • Director, IU Ph.D. Minor in Human Rights Program, (2010-2014)
  • Visiting Professor and Researcher, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (1998-1999)
  • Corporate Attorney, Clifford Chance, London and New York (1997-2001)
  • Experience with a number of human rights and community development organizations and NGOs in Latin America (1993-1999)

Christiana Ochoa has focused the majority of her scholarship on the question of how economic activity intersects with human well-being. Before joining the faculty in 2003, she had worked at the global law firm Clifford Chance, where she dedicated her efforts to cross-border capital markets and asset-finance transactions. She had also worked for a number of human rights and non-governmental organizations in Colombia, Brazil and Nicaragua. Together with her life-experience in Latin America, this work focused her attention on governance in the field of business and human rights. Since that time, her research on governance mechanisms has expanded into the field of law and development.  

Her scholarship in these areas has been published widely, and her first documentary film, Otra cosa no hay (There Is Nothing Else), was completed in 2014. She is pursuing fieldwork toward the production of a second documentary, which will focus on law as a set of tools for the realization of differing views of development. She is associate director of the IU Center for Documentary Research and Practice, a center within The Media School that brings together scholars and artists from across the university who will work on an array of nonfiction media projects. She was named a Class of 1950 Herman B Wells Endowed Professor in 2018. In 2019 she was appointed executive associate dean of the Law School.

Selected Works

Documentary Film

Otra cosa no hay (There is Nothing Else) (2014) explores the roles that law, politics, and protest play in communities when their gold attracts the attention of foreign mining companies, and, immediately after, becomes a cause célèbre of environmental activists aiming to protect its water from mining-related contamination. The website for the film provides an online home for the trailer and other information about the documentary.

Selected publications

  • Law and development
  • Business and human rights
  • Contracts
  • International law