John F. Sherman III

John Sherman is General Counsel and Senior Advisor to The Shift Project, an independent non-profit center for business and human rights, staffed by a team that was centrally involved in shaping and writing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and chaired by Prof. John Ruggie, the former Special Representative of the Secretary General.  From 2008 through 2011, he was a member of Prof. Ruggie's UN mandate team.  Drawing on his legal and business experience, he concentrated on developing the integration of human rights due diligence into existing corporate governance, enterprise risk management, compliance and ethics, safety and environmental management, and dispute resolution systems.  He retired in 2008 as deputy general counsel of National Grid, with thirty years of experience in litigation, alternative dispute resolution, health, safety and environment law, antitrust, enterprise risk management, corporate governance, compliance and business ethics, and corporate social responsibility. Mr. Sherman is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Dartmouth College.


email: john_sherman@hks.harvard.edu