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Janet E. Lord

Adjunct Professor of Law

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A health and international human rights lawyer, Janet Lord has been teaching at the University of Maryland’s Francis King Carey School of Law since 2007. She is currently senior vice president for human rights and inclusive development at the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University College of Law where oversees international legal research and global programming. She is also senior researcher at the Harvard Law School Project on Disability. Areas of specialization include human rights treaty negotiation and implementation, disability law and policy, health rights for marginalized populations, inclusive development and human rights education and advocacy.

Prior to her appointment at BBI, Lord 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. She has worked with a variety of inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations and donors, including 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, the US National Council on Disability, the European Union, the World Bank, American Institutes for Research, Disabled Peoples’ International, the Center for International Rehabilitation, and the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES).

Prior to joining BlueLaw, 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.

Lord 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 has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and monographs on a variety of international public law, human rights and disability issues and regularly serves as peer reviewer for the Harvard School of Public Health journal, Health and Human Rights, and several other human rights journals.

Janet 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.

Recent and forthcoming publications in the area of health and human rights include:

Disability and Health Disparity: Assessing Human Rights Country Conditions in North Korea Harvard Health and Human Rights J. (with Michael Ashley Stein, Allison deFranco and Jae Won) (forthcoming 2015).

Reintegrating Ex-Combatants with Disabilities, J Human Rights, Winter 2015 (with Michael Ashley Stein) (forthcoming).

Witchcraft and Other Stigmas, Int’l N.Y. Times, July 13, 2014, available at:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/14/opinion/drawing-lines-in-iraq-witchcraft-and-other-stigmas.html?_r=0

Nothing to Celebrate: North Koreans with Disabilities, Foreign Policy in Focus, Dec. 3, 2013, available at: http://fpif.org/nothing-celebrate-north-koreans-disabilities/

Disability and Global Development, Disability & Health J. 132 (2012) (with Joan Durocher and Allison de Franco).

HIV/AIDS, Disability and Discrimination: A Thematic Guide on Inclusive Law, Policy and Programming (commissioned by One Billion Strong, Washington, D.C., 2012) (principal author).

Equal Access to Health Care under the UN Disability Rights Conventionin Medicine and Social Justice: Essays on the Distribution of Health Care 245 (Rosamond Rhodes, Ilze Grobbelaar Plessis & Anita Silvers, eds., Oxford University Press, 2d ed., 2012) (with Michael A. Stein & Dorothy Weiss).

Contingent Participation and Coercive Care: Feminist and Communitarian Theories Consider Disability and Legal Capacityin Coercive Care: Law and Policy (Bernadette McSherry & Ian Freckelton eds., 2013) (with Michael A. Stein).

Screened Out of Existence: The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Selective Screening Policies, 12 Int’l J. Disability, Comm. & Rehabilitation (2012), http://www.ijdcr.ca/VOL12_02/index.shtml.

Disability Rights, the MDGs and Inclusive Developmentin Millennium Development Goals and Human Rights: Past, Present and Future (Malcolm Langford et al., eds., Cambridge University Press, 2013) (with Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo & Michael A. Stein).

Shared Understanding or Consensus-Masked Disagreement? The Anti-Torture Framework in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 33 LOY. J. INT’L & COMP. L. 27 (2011).

Lessons from the Experience of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Addressing the Democratic Deficit in Global Health Governance, 38 J. LAW. MEDICINE & ETHICS 564 (2010) (with David Suozzi & Allyn L. Taylor).

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