Amy Lehr

  • Lecturer

Amy Lehr is the director of the Human Rights Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The HRI was launched in June 2014, and is the only program of its kind in the Washington think tank community. This initiative brings together key actors to create solutions to the globe’s most pressing human rights challenges through a cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary approach. 

Lehr previously spent a decade with Foley Hoag’s corporate social responsibility practice. In this role, she carried out groundbreaking work across sectors, engaging with corporations, international financial institutions, nongovernmental organizations and governments to help them develop best practices and apply international law to address global human rights challenges.

Lehr’s expertise includes labor rights, privacy and freedom of expression, conflict-related rights challenges and indigenous rights issues. She has carried out field work across the globe, including conducting human rights impact assessments for large projects. 

Lehr also served as legal adviser to the U.N. special representative on business and human rights, and in that role helped develop the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. She previously worked for development NGOs in Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand.  

Lehr will be in office during the Spring 2019 semester from Feb. 26 to March 7.


  • J.D.
    Harvard Law School
  • A.B.
    Princeton University

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