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Hope Lewis

We sadly share the news that Professor Lewis passed away in December 2016.
Harvard University/Radcliffe College, AB 1983
Harvard University, JD 1986

It is with deep sadness that we share the news that Hope Lewis passed away on December 6, 2016. 
Donations may be made in Hope's honor to Partners in Health.

Tributes to Professor Lewis:
Remembering Professor Hope Lewis
Northeastern Mourns Loss of Hope Lewis, Law Professor and Human Rights Scholar
Hope Lewis, 54: Professor Focused on Race, Gender, Jusice (The Boston Globe)

Professor Lewis’ biography at the time of her death:
Professor Lewis is faculty director of Global Legal Studies and a founder of the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE). An internationally recognized legal scholar and commentator on human rights, she co-authored the textbook Human Rights & the Global Marketplace: Economic, Social, and Cultural Dimensions (Brill, 2005). She is a founding co-chair of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) International Disability Rights Interest Group and served on the ASIL executive council between 2010 and 2013. She now serves on the board of governors of the Society of American Law Teachers and the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Minority Groups.

Professor Lewis is a co-drafter and compiler of the "Boston Principles on the Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights of Non-citizens," a project of the law school’s Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy. Her research and teaching interests include public international law; international human rights law; critical perspectives on Identity and international law (race, gender, culture, migration status and disability), as well as globalization and social development.

The Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) honored Professor Lewis in 2015 with the Shanara Gilbert Human Rights Award. She was the 2014 Kate Stoneman Visiting Professor of Law and Democracy at Albany Law School and recipient of the 2012 American Bar Association’s Mayre Rasmussen Award for Mentorship of Women in International Law. She was also a recipient of the 2011 Thomas J. Carroll Award from the Carroll Center for the Blind and the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind as well as the 2001 Haywood Burns/Shanara Gilbert Award from the Northeast Regional People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference for her human rights work and mentorship of students and colleagues. Professor Lewis was a 2008 Sheila Biddle Fellow (Ford Foundation) of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African & African-American Research at Harvard University.

Fields of Expertise

  • Business and Human Rights
  • Careers in the Law
  • Culture and the Law
  • International Disability Rights
  • Gender and International Law
  • Human Rights
  • International Law
  • Race and the Law
  • Securities Regulation

Selected Works

Selected Chapters

  • “Female Genital Mutilation and Female Genital Cutting,” in Encyclopedia of Human Rights, ed. D. Forsythe, et al. (Oxford University Press, 2009).
  • “Human Rights and the Global Economy: The Promises and Failures of Globalization,” in Progressive Lawyering, Globalization and Markets: Rethinking Ideology and Strategy, ed. C. Dalton (William S. Hein & Co., 2007).

Online Materials

  • “Professor Hope Lewis Selected to Receive the 2014 Kate Stoneman Award,” Albany Law School (January 23, 2014).
  • “Human Rights Implications of Arizona v. United States,” SCOTUSblog (July 14, 2011).
  • Can the U.S. Afford Economic Rights in an Economic Crisis?,” The Huffington Post (April 21, 2011).
  • Regular Contributor, Blog (since Feb. 2008).