Vivek Krishnamurthy

Associate - Boston

Vivek Krishnamurthy is a member of Foley Hoag’s unique Corporate Social Responsibility practice. He advises clients from a range of business sectors on regulatory compliance matters and the legal and reputational risks posed by various human rights and sustainability challenges. 

Vivek specializes in advising companies from the technology, financial, and consumer products sectors on the human rights implications of their business activities, from the supply chain to the end user. He also provides counsel to energy and manufacturing companies on export controls, extraterritorial liability, and geopolitical risk factors.

Vivek is a Rhodes Scholar and served as a law clerk to Hon. Morris J. Fish of the Supreme Court of Canada prior to joining Foley Hoag.


  • Yale Law School, J.D., 2008
  • Oxford University, M.Phil in International Relations, 2004
  • University of Toronto, B.A. in Economics and Political Science,
    , 2002


French, XML

Representative Experience

  • Assessed a leading internet company's policies and procedures to protect the privacy and free expression rights of its users for compliance with the Principles of the Global Network Initiative (GNI) — a multi-stakeholder initiative working to promote and protect free expression and privacy in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector
  • Revised the terms of service of a major online shopping site in response to environmental concerns raised by non-governmental organizations
  • Developed a human rights guide for early-stage technology companies in collaboration with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University
  • Assisted ACCESS, an international NGO that promotes open and secure access to the Internet as a human right, in developing a human rights action plan for telecom companies
  • Conducted a legal and reputational risk assessment for a crowdsourced humanitarian technology initiative resulting in the restructuring of the organization’s governance and decision-making protocols
  • Advised an international energy company on land and maritime boundary disputes affecting its exploration and production activities
  • Developed a cloud computing strategy for a major manufacturer
  • Advised a North American indigenous community on land claims and other issues arising from a series of 18th century treaties

Professional Experience

  • Coker Teaching Fellow, Yale Law School, 2007-2008
  • “The ICT Sector: Approaches to Social and Environmental Challenges,” Corporate Social Responsibility– Bloomberg BNA Corporate Practice Series (2013)
  • “Setting Defaults for Online Privacy,” (June 20, 2012)
  • “Why Every Company Needs A Geolocation Policy,” (June 12, 2012)
  • Note, Colonial Cousins: Comparing Canada and India’s Unwritten Constitutional Jurisprudence, 34 Yale J. Intl. L. 207 (2009) 
  • Comment, Oil, Sweat, and Tears: How Western Investment in the Extractive Sector Can Promote Human Rights, 11 Yale Hum. Rts. & Dev. L.J. 259 (2008)
  • Book Note, 31 Yale J. Intl. L. (2006) (reviewing Gary C. Hufbauer and Jeffrey J. Schott, NAFTA Revisited: Achievements and Challenges (2005))
  • Recent Development, The Emperor’s New Quotas: European and American Safeguard Measures Against Chinese Textiles, 31 Yale J. Intl. L. 271 (2006)


  • Rhodes Scholar for Ontario, 2002
  • Comments Editor, Yale Journal of International Law
  • John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics, Yale Law School
  • Editor in Chief, Attaché Journal of International Affairs, University of Toronto


  • Yale Law School Association Executive Committee, Term Member and Regional Representative for Massachusetts
  • The Pixel Project (a non-profit internet initiative combatting violence against women), Assistant Secretary
  • “Protecting User Rights: Practical Issues Facing Early-Stage Companies,” Rightscon 2014, San Francisco, CA (March 4, 2014)
  • “Cyber Compliance: What Every Compliance Professional Needs to Know about Cyber Risks and Cyber Vigilance,” 2013 Health Care Compliance Association Compliance Institute, Washington DC (April 22, 2013)
  • "A Plan for Rights-Respecting Telecoms," Seventh Internet Governance Forum, Baku, Azerbaijan (November 8, 2012)
  • "Cyber Warfare and Cyber Security," 2012 Compliance and Ethics Institute, Las Vegas, NV (October 17, 2012)
  • “Where is the Cloud? The Challenge of Geolocation in an Era of Cloud Computing,” Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Webinar (August 16, 2012)
  • “Frontline Lessons from Other Sectors - Learning What Works in Human Rights,” Rio de Janeiro Human Rights & Technology Conference (May 31, 2012)
  • “The Basic Structure Doctrine in the Jurisprudence of the Supreme Court of India,” Columbia Law School (October 12, 2010)
  • Moderator, “The Engagement Paradox: Should Extractive Industry Corporations do Business in Failed States and Conflict Zones?,” Symposium on Corporate Social Responsibility in the Extractive Industries, Yale Law School (March 8, 2008)
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Bar Admissions

  • Working under the supervision of Foley Hoag partners
  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit