Emily Holland

Associate, Washington, DC



Emily Holland is an associate in the Firm's International Trade Practice and a core member of the Business & Human Rights interest group and the ESG & Sustainability focus group. She specializes in assisting multinationals across industries in navigating all dimensions of ESG risk and opportunity and co-chairs the firm-wide ESG & Sustainability Associate Working Group.

Emily has been ranked as a Star Associate in Chambers Global for Business and Human Rights Law two years in a row, and prior to that as an Associate to Watch. She is "[h]ailed as an 'excellent lawyer' and a 'future leader in this space'" who is "very much in the cutting edge in this field" and admired for her "wide breadth of knowledge."

Emily focuses chiefly on the social and governance aspects of ESG, supporting clients in designing and deploying practical, integrated solutions to complex corporate responsibility challenges concerning human, labor and digital rights issues and community impacts from supplier to consumer. This involves helping clients to develop comprehensive sustainability strategies and governance structures; conduct privileged due diligence and investigations; respond to crises and disputes; engage with material stakeholders; and with diverse disclosure and reporting needs.

Emily advises governments, intergovernmental organizations and NGOs on human and labor rights issues and the broader sustainability agenda. She has published extensively on and trains and presents frequently on human rights topics. She provides pro bono support on business and human rights issues, including for the Global Network Initiative and Save the Children. Emily sits on the boards of the Fund for Peace and Princeton in Africa. She participates in the ABA Center for Human Rights' Business and Human Rights Project, Professional Training for Lawyers & Barristers in the UNGP Working Group, the US Council for International Business Corporate Responsibility/Labor Affairs Committee, and the Responsible Minerals Initiative Multi-Stakeholder Group.

Outside of the Business & Human Rights space, Emily regularly represents corporations and individuals in civil, criminal, and regulatory investigations and litigation involving fraud, bribery, money laundering, economic sanctions, export controls, World Bank sanctions proceedings, and other areas of law.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
US District Court for the District of Columbia
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Princeton University


Assisting companies in developing comprehensive sustainability strategies based on assessment of applicable regulatory requirements, soft law instruments, industry and NGO codes of conduct, standards, frameworks, guidance, business objectives, operational footprint, value chain and peer competitors, and providing guidance on implementation.

Assisting companies in developing governance structures and policies, including in relation to responsible sourcing, supply chain management, and grievance mechanisms; conducting ESG due diligence and human rights assessments; developing human rights-related metrics and KPIs; engaging with corporate boards, investors and other material stakeholders; responding to crises and disputes; and with disclosure and reporting needs.

Conducting multijurisdictional human rights risk and impact assessments; producing country-specific and thematic protocols; providing legal opinions on sensitive human rights issues (e.g., requests for remediation; preventative due diligence and analysis of potential liability associated with import transactions under Section 307 of the Tariff Act of 1930).

Advising on the scope and application of enacted, pending and proposed ESG requirements, including the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, US Conflict Minerals Rule, US Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act, anti-trafficking FAR/DFARs Rules, Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, and Global Magnitsky sanctions.

Advising financial institutions on the evolving human rights and broader sustainability agenda, including global trends in sustainable finance and modern slavery regulations, efforts by financial institutions to mainstream responsible banking/sustainability into risk management practices, disclosure and transparency practices, and human rights and climate litigation.

Speaking Engagements

"Navigating 2022's Global Marketplace," Chambers Virtual GIC Forum, February 7, 2022 (panelist)

"South Sudan Responsible Business Webinar," EALS-A4ID Business & Human Rights training, April 22, 2021 (presenter)

"Human Rights and Trade Controls," US Council on International Business CR/LA program December 2020

"Business and Ethical Challenges: Human Rights Requirements, Due Diligence, Remediation and Brand Protection," ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, September 14, 2019

"Engaging business in atrocity prevention," Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities conference, November 14, 2019 (panelist)

"The Private Sector and Prevention Agenda," Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities, Social Science Research Council and Stanley Foundation, October 2, 2018 (panelist)

"Effective Strategies for Responsible Business," Fund for Peace Responsible Business Roundtable, June 13, 2019 (panelist)

"You've found slavery in your supply chain: What are your immediate actions?" Innovation Forum, June 13, 2018 (panelist)

"Project Planning, Financing and Completion While Complying with International Human Rights Requirements," Texas International Law Society Annual Institute, April 5, 2018 (panelist)

Harvard Law School Business and Human Rights Student Committee inaugural symposium, April 3, 2018 (panelist)

"Human rights blog," UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, November 29, 2017 (speaker)

"Supply chain mapping: what are the best practices to identifying the most salient risks?" Innovation Forum, June 27, 2017 (panelist)

Presented on Business & Human Rights issues and panels at American University Washington College of Law, Georgetown Law School, Johns Hopkins SAIS and Princeton University


President Biden Orders Review of Supply Chain Risks in Critical Sectors (March 2021)

Military Takeover in Burma Leads to New US Sanctions and Export Controls (March 2021)

Corporate Transparency Act and New Implications for US Special Purpose Vehicles, Wealth Structuring and Other Arrangements (January 2021)

The Emerging Landscape of US Forced Labor Enforcement Actions (December 2020)

US Global Magnitsky Sanctions Risks Rise, Posing Compliance Challenges for Multinationals (October 2020)

The business case for understanding human rights and ESG benchmarks (January 2020)

While at another global law firm, Emily launched and published a leading legal business and human rights blog.

Corporate Human Rights Benchmark Progress Report, "Taking a Compliance View of Human Rights," May 14, 2018 (author)

International Bar Association Human Rights Law Committee Newsletter, "Taking Modern Slavery Seriously: A Compliance Primer," April 6, 2018 (author)

Innovation Forum, "Litigation risk focuses mind on modern slavery," March 2, 2018 (quoted)

New York Law Journal, "Defending US Interests in the Digital World," Feb. 3, 2016 (co-author)

Bloomberg BNA World Data Protection Report, "The Growing Threat of Cyber Attacks in Africa," May 28, 2015 (co-author)

New York Law Journal, "Touching and Concerning Kiobel," May 18, 2015 (co-author)

The FCPA Blog, "The World Bank fights back on corruption," September 18, 2013 (contributor)

Awards and Recognition

Star Associate, Chambers Global Business & Human Rights Law 2021

Star Associate, Chambers Global Business & Human Rights Law 2020

Associate to Watch, Chambers Global Business & Human Rights Law 2019

Princeton in Africa 2019 Outstanding Alumni Medal

Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, District of Columbia Courts

Outstanding Achievement Award in the field of DC Prisoners' Rights, DC Prisoners' Project of the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, 2016