Friday, September 25, 2009

World Justice Project Appoints Executive Director


The World Justice Project, launched in 2007 to strengthen the rule of law worldwide, has appointed Hongxia Liu as the project’s executive director.

William H. Neukom, the project’s founder and former President of the American Bar Association, said that “The World Justice Project is pleased to have Mrs. Liu join us at this important time for the project. Her background at the Law Library of Congress, at the United Nations Development Programme and at the International Development Law Organization will be a great help in continuing our efforts to build a world-class organization that can initiate on-the-ground projects in support of the rule of law. Her international background and experience in Asia in particular will be a noteworthy addition to our leadership team." 

Liu will begin her responsibilities as executive director on Oct. 19.  She is presently director of the Directorate of Legal Research at the Law Library of Congress of the United States. The directorate primarily provides research and reference services in the fields of foreign, comparative and international law to the Congress, the Federal courts, and executive branch agencies (as well as helping out many international law professors who were smart enough to ask for help!)  Liu was previously based in Sydney, Australia, as director for Asia and the Pacific for the International Development Law Organization. She served as the founding director of the American Bar Association/United Nations Development Programme’s International Legal Resource Center in Washington, D.C. She received the World Order Under Law Award from the ABA Section of International Law in 2005 and served as president of the Washington Foreign Law Society.  She is a naturalized U.S. citizen who grew up in China. She received a Bachelor of Law degree from Peking University and a Master of Arts in Public Policy from New York University.
The World Justice Project is governed by a board of directors that consists of William C. Hubbard, Columbia, S.C.; James R. Silkenat, New York: and Bill Neukom.  Click here for more information on the World Justice Project and its new Executive Director Hongxia Liu.


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