Keith Henderson

Adjunct Professor of Law
Senior Research Fellow and Director of TIGERS/CONTAC
American University’s School of International Service

Mr. Henderson has been called a pioneer and innovator in the field of anti-corruption, governance and rule of law for over 15 years. His early and on-going work on justice sector corruption, judicial enforcement and judicial independence and impartiality has been widely acknowledged as both pathbreaking and important. Mr. Henderson has worked for all three branches of government at both the state and federal levels, including the US Senate Judiciary Committee, the US Federal Trade Commission and the White House. In his early career he was both a lobbyist for US and foreign corporations and was also the founding executive director of a non-governmental organization, the Sunbelt Institute. This institution was created to develop consensus policy initiatives among US Congressman and Senators, CEO’s and University Presidents that would promote regional economic growth across 15 US Sunbelt states.

Since the fall of the Wall in 1989 he has worked with international governments, businesses, NGOs and donors, such as UNDP, the World Bank, the Council of Europe, USAID and the Open Society Institute in over 50 countries, including the countries of the Former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe, as well as Afghanistan, Iraq, East Timor, Peru, Mexico, Haiti, Lebanon, Malawi, Liberia, Ethiopia, India, Viet Nam and China. From 1993 to 1998, Mr. Henderson held several policy and programming positions at USAID, including being USAID’s first Senior Rule of Law Advisor and USAID’s first Senior Anti-Corruption Advisor. In that capacity, he initiated, conceptualized and implemented the first anti-corruption strategy and program for USAID and the US State Department in the mid 1990’s.

Mr. Henderson is the author or co-author of dozens of lessons learned and best practices articles and has taught a course he created entitled “Global Corruption and the Rule of Law” at American University’s Washington College of Law for over ten years. He has authored or co-authored many path-breaking articles on judicial reform, judicial enforcement and judicial corruption, including: Half-Way Home and Long Way to Go, in Judicial Independence in China: Global Lessons for Rule of Law Practitioners (Cambridge University Press/2009); The Rule of Law and Judicial Corruption in China: Half-Way Over the Great Wall (Transparency International’s Global Corruption Report/2007) and Guidance for Promoting Judicial Independence and Impartiality (USAID/2002) and developed global frameworks for promoting anti-corruption best practices.

Mr. Henderson now consults and lectures on a wide range of governance, rule of law and corruption issues, including the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He also is a senior research fellow and Director of the TIGERS program at the Center for Non-Traditional Threats and Corruption at American University’s School of International Service, where he regularly provides lectures to visiting Chinese officials. He holds a Masters in International Public Law from Georgetown University Law School and has been called one of Washington’s “Movers and Shakers” by the National Journal.

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