Edwin Rekosh is a co-founder of Rights CoLab, a platform for advancing human rights through innovative strategies connecting civil society, technology, business and finance. From 2016-2018, he was a visiting professor of law and director of human rights initiatives at Cardozo School of Law.
For nearly two decades prior to that, Mr. Rekosh served as president and CEO of PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law, an organization which he founded while teaching at Columbia Law School to develop global resources and networks in support of local human rights advocacy around the world. In that capacity, he trained and mentored hundreds of human rights lawyers in dozens of countries, helped spur the adoption of clinical legal education in Europe, and was a leader in the global growth of pro bonopractice. He continues to serve PILnet as a senior advisor.
Rekosh has pioneered innovative human rights initiatives in China, and in more than 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.
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 he 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 (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, civil society, pro bono, 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.