Hadar Harris

Hadar Harris

executive director, Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Area of Expertise:
International human rights, civil rights, political rights, gender equality, prevention and punishment of genocide, domestic implementation of international norms
Additional Information:
Hadar Harris is an international human rights attorney who specializes in civil and political rights, gender equality, prevention and punishment of genocide, and domestic implementation of international norms. She has worked in assessing compliance with international human rights treaties in conjunction with nongovernmental organizations and governmental bodies. In 2002, she piloted an assessment tool developed by the American Bar Association and the Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative to review national compliance with the provisions of the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. The project was run in Armenia and the final report was submitted for review to the United Nations and the Armenian government. She has consulted on the implementation of the tool around the world. She serves on the National Coordinating Task Force for U.S. Treaty Compliance, providing technical assistance on preparation of coordinated shadow reports being developed by a large coalition of U.S.-based organizations on United States' compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. She is on the training committee of the U.S. Human Rights Network. In 2002, Harris provided guidance on proposed reforms to the Moroccan Criminal Procedure Code with the Moroccan Parliament adopting 70 percent of her recommended changes. In 2001, she was involved in a trial on behalf of four Bosnian Muslims suing their Serbian torturer in U.S. federal court, which resulted in nearly $140 million in damages awarded. She helped create the Gender and Law Association of India, the first network of legal academics and activists to focus on gender mainstreaming and legal education in India. Harris has lived and worked in Jerusalem, where she was the director of program and resource development for the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. She formerly served as the executive director of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, a bipartisan legislative service organization of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Foreign Language Fluency:
n/a
Academic Credentials:
BA, Brown University; JD, University of California–Los Angeles
Category:
Civil Rights, Human Rights, Gender and Sex-Feminism and Women's Rights, Gender and Sex-Sexual Discrimination and Harassment, Law-International Law
Site/Profile:
http://www.wcl.american.edu/humright/center/who.cfm