Fellow for Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy
Opportunity and exclusion in the global economy: poverty and economic development, property rights, natural resources, global economic governance, fragile states, emerging economies, transitions, rule of law.
Terra Lawson-Remer is fellow for civil society, markets, and democracy at the Council on Foreign Relations, assistant professor of international affairs at The New School, where she serves as chair of the university's advisory committee on investor responsibility, and a Harvard Law School fellow. Previously, she was a senior adviser for international affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Dr. Lawson-Remer's work addresses opportunity and exclusion in the global economy. In this vein she examines poverty and inequality, property rights, natural resources and extractive industries, global economic governance and international economic law, the political economy of democratic transitions, social and economic rights, and rule of law and informal social norms. She has written numerous academic research articles and books on these issues, and worked and conducted field studies in Latin America, North and East Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific. She is cocreator of the social and economic rights fulfillment (SERF) index.
She previously held positions at the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research, Latham & Watkins LLP, Amnesty International, the Ethical Globalization Initiative, and the New York Civil Liberties Union, and consulted for the World Bank and United Nations. Long a committed civic leader, Dr. Lawson-Remer also previously worked as an organizer, action coordinator, and strategist for a variety of grassroots environmental and social justice organizations. She cofounded and directed STARC: Students Transforming and Resisting Corporations, a national membership-based organization advocating corporate responsibility in the face of increased globalization and greater public accountability by the World Bank, IMF, and WTO.
She earned her BA in ethics, politics, and economics from Yale University; her JD from New York University School of Law, where she was dean's merit scholar, and her PhD in political economy from New York University's law and society institute.
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CFR Fellow for Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy
The United States and France are among the biggest development aid donors, but none have reached the United Nations development aid goal for 2015. However, their development aid policies greatly contribute to fighting poverty in the world and improve education and health systems in developing countries. In light of these contributions and difficulties, CFR Fellow Terra Lawson-Remer and policy specialist at the United Nations Development Programme Thierry Soret compare French and American development aid policies and draw similarities and differences between them.
CFR Fellow Terra Lawson-Remer and Michael A. Cohen of the Century Foundation discuss U.S. foreign policy and its relationship with the Islamic world.
Terra Lawson-Remer, CFR fellow for Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy, discusses foreign policy and its role in the 2012 U.S. presidential election as well as the relationship between the United States and China.
Recently by adopted by Social Watch—the foremost international network of grassroots civil society organizations—as one of three core indices of social progress, the SERF index measures the extent to which countries meet their obligations to fulfill economic and social rights: the right to food, the right to adequate shelter, the right to healthcare, the right to education, the right to decent work, the right to social security, and protection against discrimination. It is the first of its kind to allow cross-country comparisons and to assess whether the situation of rights-fulfillment in a country is improving or deteriorating. To explore Terra's work with this acclaimed index, visit the SERF website.