Amy Lehr Joins CSIS as Director of Human Rights Initiative
August 2, 2018
WASHINGTON, August 2, 2018: The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is delighted to announce that Amy K. Lehr will join CSIS as the director of the Human Rights Initiative (HRI).
“Amy will apply her extensive experience in human rights to address twenty-first century challenges and explore opportunities to advance human rights and dignity,” said Dr. John J. Hamre, CSIS president and CEO. “The Human Rights Initiative at CSIS is the only program of its kind in the Washington think tank community. We are proud to welcome Amy aboard.”
Amy comes to CSIS after ten years with Foley Hoag’s unique Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practice. In this role, she provided advice to international financial institutions, corporations, non-governmental organizations, and governments on best practices and applicable international law with regards to how best to protect human rights, including labor rights, privacy and freedom of expression and association, forced labor in global supply chains, security and human rights, land rights, and indigenous rights.
She has extensive experience engaging with multiple stakeholders to help ensure that human rights impacts on communities and workers are addressed in the context of large projects. She has carried out fieldwork to this end across the globe, including by conducting human rights impact assessments. In addition to her deep expertise on the nexus of business and human rights, she is also an expert on international humanitarian law, international criminal law, and international law pertaining to non-self-governing and occupied territories.
Previously, Amy served as a legal adviser to the UN special representative on business and human rights and in that role helped develop the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. She also worked for development NGOs in Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand for several years, working in both urban and rural areas of those countries. Additionally, Ms. Lehr clerked at the International Criminal Court.
Amy received her A.B. from Princeton University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. In addition to English, Amy speaks French, Spanish, and Thai.