Amy K. Lehr
Amy K. Lehr is the director of the Human Rights Initiative (HRI) at CSIS. The HRI was launched in June 2014 and is the only program of its kind in the Washington think tank community. From this unique position, HRI brings together key actors, catalyzing creative, game-changing solutions to the globe’s most pressing human rights challenges through a cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary approach.
Amy comes to CSIS after a decade with Foley Hoag LLP’s unique corporate social responsibility (CSR) practice. In this role, she carried out groundbreaking work across sectors, engaging with international financial institutions, corporations, nongovernmental organizations (NGO), and governments to help them develop best practices and apply international law to address global human rights challenges. She focuses on global labor rights and the intersection of technology and human rights, in addition to the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy. Previously, Amy served as legal adviser to the UN special representative on business and human rights, John Ruggie, and in that role helped develop the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. She also served as a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative. She previously worked for development NGOs in Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand, including Save the Children. She was a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. Amy is frequently interviewed by media outlets such as the New York Times and the BBC. Amy received her A.B. from Princeton University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.