Professor Hope LewisIt is with deep sadness that we share the news that Professor Hope Lewis passed away on December 6, 2016.

“The world feels a little more lonely now that Hope is no longer with us. I am sure she would have been touched by the many tears that will be shed in the days to come,” said Dean Jeremy Paul.

Born on May 14, 1962, Hope was a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, Harvard College, and Harvard Law School. She joined the Northeastern University School of Law faculty in 1992. A passionate champion of the poor and disadvantaged, Hope focused her teaching and scholarly work on human rights and economic rights in the global economy. She was a founder of the law school’s Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy and served as the faculty director of the law school’s Global Legal Studies.

An internationally recognized legal scholar and commentator on human rights, Hope authored numerous articles and co-authored the seminal textbook Human Rights and the Global Marketplace: Economic, Social, and Cultural Dimensions (Brill, 2005). She was 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. She was a founding co-chair of the American Society of International Law’s (ASIL) International Disability Rights Interest Group and served on the ASIL executive council between 2010 and 2013. She served on the board of governors of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) and the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Minority Groups.

SALT honored Hope in 2015 with the Shanara Gilbert Human Rights Award. In 2014, Hope was invited to be the Kate Stoneman Visiting Professor of Law and Democracy at Albany Law School. Hope was a 2008 Sheila Biddle Fellow (Ford Foundation) of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard University.

Apart from her scholarship and activism, Hope was well known for her commitment to her teaching and to her students. In recognition of her extensive work in mentoring students and colleagues, she was awarded the 2001 Haywood Burns/Shanara Gilbert Award at the Northeast Regional People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference and the 2012 American Bar Association’s Mayre Rasmussen Award for the Advancement of Women in International Law. Legally blind, she was also a recipient of the 2011 Thomas J. Carroll Award for Employment from the Carroll Center for the Blind and the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.

Survived by her mother, Blossom Stephenson, and her father, Stuart Lewis, Hope will be deeply missed by all of those who knew and loved her.

The funeral will be at the Bethel AME Church on Thursday, December 15, 2016. The viewing will be at 10 a.m., with a service to follow at 11 a.m. Those who would like to share a memory of Hope may do so at Donations may be made in Hope's honor to Partners in Health.