Ursula Wynhoven
Adjunct Professor of Law

Fordham University School of Law
140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Email: wynhoven@un.org
Telephone: 212.963.5705

Job Experience

Ursula Wynhoven is the General Counsel for the United Nations Global Compact. She is a member of the office’s Senior Management Team. In addition to managing legal affairs and governance matters, Ursula is the overall lead on the office's work programmes on the human rights and labour principles, including on women’s empowerment, business and children, indigenous peoples' rights and human trafficking.

She began working with the office in 2002. Previous positions held within the office include Head, Legal & Policy, Special Assistant to the Executive Director, Human Rights Adviser, and Programme Manager, Learning Forum. A lawyer by background, Ursula worked in private practice and government human rights agencies in both Australia and the United States before joining the UN.

Ursula has also worked for the Secretariat of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development on the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the OECD’s corporate responsibility initiative. Among other academic qualifications, Ursula has two Masters of Law degrees - from Columbia Law School, where she was also a Human Rights Fellow, and from Monash University Law School in Australia. She is admitted to practice law in jurisdictions in Australia, United States (California), and England and Wales


Columbia University, LL.M. (Hons) 2002

Monash University, LL.M., B. Litt, LL.B(Hons), B. Ec.