A health and international human rights lawyer, Janet Lord 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.
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.