Edwin Rekosh

Senior Associate (Non-resident), Human Rights Initiative
Expertise: Human Rights
Associated Programs: Human Rights Initiative

Edwin Rekosh is director of human rights initiatives and visiting professor of law at Cardozo School of Law in New York City. In that capacity, he is overseeing the overall growth of Cardozo’s human rights program, including the development of an initiative—Human Rights Forward—to create new solutions for combating suppression of civil society groups and advancing human rights. Prior to taking up his post at Cardozo, Mr. Rekosh served as president and CEO of PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law, an organization he founded in 1997 to develop global resources and networks in support of local human rights advocacy around the world. He also teaches on the adjunct faculty of Columbia Law School and has been a recurring visiting professor at Central European University in Budapest. Mr. Rekosh has pioneered innovative human rights initiatives in China and over 30 other countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. He lived in Romania and Hungary for 10 years, assisting the development of human rights groups there and elsewhere in Central and Eastern Europe as new constitutional orders emerged. He is a graduate of Cornell University and Columbia Law School, and he received the American Bar Association’s International Human Rights Award in 2009.

Contact Information
Email: ed.rekosh [at] yu.edu