Lecturer in Law
PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law
120 Wall Street, 16th Floor
New York NY 10005
Edwin Rekosh is the president and founder of PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law (www.pilnet.org
). PILnet collaborates with local partners around the globe to develop the legal landscape essential to rights-respecting societies. It provides lawyers with the tools they need to challenge injustice, strengthens the ability of citizens to shape law and policy, and connects a global community of activist lawyers who are using law to advance change.
The original inspiration for the organization came from Rekosh's work assisting the development of human rights groups in Romania and then elsewhere in Central and Eastern Europe during the early 1990s as they sought to engage with their countries' newly emerging constitutional orders. Rekosh lived for a cumulative total of 10 years in Romania and Hungary and has worked on projects in China and over 30 other countries around the world.
A member of the adjunct faculty of Columbia Law School, where PILnet was originally based, Rekosh teaches the Human Rights, Law and Development Workshop and has been a recurring visiting professor at Central European University. Prior to founding PILnet, he consulted for the Ford Foundation, worked for the International Human Rights Law Group (now Global Rights), practiced law at Coudert Brothers and co-founded the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
Rekosh has written and spoken extensively about human rights and the rule of law, and he received the American Bar Association's International Human Rights Award in 2009. He is a graduate of Cornell University and Columbia Law School.