Yasmine Ergas

Associate Director

Institute for the Study of Human Rights

Adjunct Professor of International Law and International Human Rights Law

School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Yasmine Ergas is the Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights and Adjunct Professor of International Law and International Human Rights Law at the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University. She is currently engaged in a study on The Transnationalization of Everyday Life, Human Rights and the Dilemmas of International Law, which examines such issues as the emergent market in reproductive surrogacy. She is also completing work on the Proceedings of a symposium on Human Rights Impact: General Issues and Sectoral Perspectives. Her previous work includes many published essays, and Nelle maglie della politica: femminismo, istituzioni e politiche sociali nell’Italia degli anni settanta (Milan, 1986). A graduate of the Universities of Sussex and Rome and Columbia Law School, she is a former member of the School of Social Science of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton; fellow of the Center for European Studies at Harvard University; and a Pembroke Fellow of Brown University. Among other honors, she has been awarded fellowships and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Foundation and the Italian Consiglio Nazionale della Ricerca. She has served on the staff of the Social Science Research Council and as a consultant to leading international organizations, including the OECD and UNESCO. She led a working group of the Committee on International Trade of the New York City Bar Association on child labor and international trade. More recently, she served as the coordinator of, and an adviser to, the gender program of the Millennium Village Project. She is an advisor to the Human Rights Commission of the City of New York, a member of the Advisory Board for the Social Sector of the Millennium Cities Initiative, the editorial board of the Journal of Human Rights Practice, the Human Rights Program Education and Information Resources Working Group of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Scientific Council of the Centro di Ricerca sul Sistema Sud e il Mediterrraneo Allargato of Universita’ Cattolica di Milano, and the board of New York City Global Partners. Her work has been published in English, Italian, French, German, Japanese, Spanish and Portuguese.