Janet Lord

Janet Lord

Senior Fellow, Harvard Law School Project on Disability

A health and international human rights lawyer, Janet E. Lord has been teaching at the University of Maryland’s Francis King Carey School of Law since 2007. She is currently senior research fellow at the Harvard Law School Project on Disability and senior legal advisor for rule of law and inclusive development programs at New-Rule LLP. Areas of specialization include human rights law, treaty negotiation and implementation, international disability law and policy, health rights for marginalized populations, inclusive development and human rights education and advocacy.

Professor Lord has worked with a variety of inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations and donors, including the World Bank Group, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Disability Program, UNAIDS, UNDP, the International Labour Organisation, the United States Agency of International Development, NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme, the US National Council on Disability, the European Union, American Institutes for Research, Disabled Peoples’ International, the Center for International Rehabilitation, and the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES).

She served as senior partner and director of human rights and inclusive development at BlueLaw International LLP, a veteran-owned international law and development firm. While at BlueLaw, she worked in more than thirty countries, designing, managing, implementing, and evaluating human rights and inclusive development projects.

Prior to joining BlueLaw, Professor Lord served as legal advisor and advocacy director at an international landmine survivor organization, participating in all of the negotiations for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, serving as legal advisor to several lead governments, expert to the UN and legal advocacy advisor to Disabled Peoples International. She also worked as an attorney at the World Bank Group at the start of her international law career.

She has taught courses in international public law and international human rights and disability law at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), American University’s (AU) School of International Service, AU’s Washington College of Law, and the University of Baltimore School of Law. She is currently on the Disability Discrimination Summer School Faculty at the National University of Ireland (Galway). She served on the board of Amnesty International USA for two terms, holding the positions of Vice Chair and Chair during her final two years of service. She currently serves on the board of the United States International Council on Disabilities.

She has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and monographs on a variety of international public law, human rights and disability law issues and regularly serves as peer reviewer for the Harvard School of Public Health’s Journal of Human Rights Practice, Health and Human Rights and the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics.

Professor Lord holds an LL.B. and LL.M. in law from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), an LL.M. in international and comparative law from the George Washington University Law School and a B.A. in History from Kenyon College. She is a member of the New York Bar.