Janet Lord

Board Chair


Currently senior vice president for human rights and inclusive development at the Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University

Education: LLM, George Washington University Law School; LLB & LLM, University of Edinburgh (Scotland); BA, Kenyon College.

Biography: Janet Lord is currently serving as senior research associate at the Harvard Law School Project on Disability and holds part-time teaching appointments at the University of Maryland, Carey School of Law; American University, Washington College of Law; and National University of Ireland (Galway). Earlier in her career, she worked on the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, focusing on landmine survivor rights in mine-affected countries and serving as legal counsel to NGOs and lead governments in the negotiation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. As part of her human rights law practice, she has worked with grassroots disabled peoples organizations in more than 30 countries around the world to advance disability rights.
Research and field work interests include international disability law and policy, disability inclusive development, participatory human rights education, health and human rights and NGO participation and voice accountability in international law and process.

Recent publications include: Nothing to Celebrate: North Koreans with Disabilities and UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Foreign Policy in Focus (2013); Facilitating An Equal Right to Vote for Persons with Disabilities, Journal of Human Rights Practice (2014) (with Michael A. Stein & Jan Fiala); The Democratic Life of the Union: Toward Equal Voting Participation for Europeans with Disabilities, Harvard Journal of International Law (2013) (with Michael A. Stein & Jan Fiala); and Shared Understanding or Consensus-Masked Disagreement? The Anti-Torture Framework in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 33 Loyola Journal of International and Comparative Law (2011).

She resides in Baltimore, Maryland with her partner and two children.

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