Associate Director and Tech and Human Rights Lead

Washington, DC


As Associate Director & Human Rights and Technology Lead, Peter Chapman leads Article One’s Washington DC office and advises companies and partners on business and human rights priorities. This includes conducting human rights impact assessments at the corporate, country and product level and helping companies develop robust human rights and governance strategies to mitigate risks associated with emerging technologies. To this role Peter brings his experience working with companies, governments, philanthropic organizations and civil society to improve governance processes, strengthen participation and advance human rights.

Prior to Article One, Peter worked as Senior Legal Counsel with Twitter’s Safety, Content and Law Enforcement team.  Peter co-led the development of Twitter’s global Content Governance Initiative, which seeks to advance a consistent and principled approach to the development, enforcement and assessment of Twitter’s global rules and policies.

Peter has extensive human rights and governance experience.  Peter worked in Ethiopia as an independent advisor on inclusive governance and access to justice, working with a range of non-profit and multilateral organizations, including the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, the World Bank and the World Justice Project.  In this role he led the development of publications and resources including the World Bank’s forthcoming Good Practices in National Systems for Environmental and Social Impact and the World Justice Project’s Grasping the Justice Gap: Opportunities and Challenges for People-Centered Justice Data. For seven years he helped to lead the Open Society Justice Initiative’s work on legal empowerment, sustainable development and inclusive governance from Washington DC and Budapest, Hungary. He played a leading role in advancing Open Society Foundation’s strategy to strengthen governance and justice through the Sustainable Development Goals, including through a multistakeholder partnership with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development to strengthen people-focused justice measurement. Prior to joining the Justice Initiative, Peter supported governance and justice reform efforts in Africa and East Asia with the World Bank’s Justice for the Poor program and worked on extractive industries, dispute resolution and access to justice with the Carter Center in Monrovia, Liberia.  Peter has advanced human rights and governance work in a range of countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Nepal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Uganda and the US.

Peter is an attorney, holding a Juris Doctor from the Washington College of Law, American University. He has a Master of Arts in international affairs from the School of International Service, American University and a Bachelor of Arts in peace studies and political science from Colgate University.  He is a Non-Resident Fellow with New York University’s Center on International Cooperation.  He and his family live in Washington DC.