Based in Oakland, California, Stephen Golub is an international development expert with 30 years of experience in over 40 countries spanning the globe. He has consulted and conducted research for numerous development agencies, foundations, policy institutes, universities, and nongovernmental organizations.

In addition to being a big fan of New York City pizza, the San Francisco Bay Area, the Golden State Warriors, and (most of all) Bruce Springsteen, his background features the following elements:

• He currently is an adjunct professor at Central European University’s Public Policy School in Budapest, where he teaches international development. His related academic experience includes teaching similar courses at the University of California at Berkeley’s Law School and Master in Development Practice Program, and at Central European University’s Legal Studies Department. He also has taught a refugee policy course at Tufts University. He is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School.

• He has led consulting and research teams of up to 20 members for Amideast, the Asia Foundation, the Asian Development Bank, the Ford Foundation, the Global Network for Public Interest Law, the U.K. Department for International Development, the U.N. Development Programme, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

• Working in all major regions of the world, he also has worked with such organizations as the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative; Amnesty International; the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; the Danish, Dutch, and Norwegian development agencies; the Danish Institute for Human Rights; the Office of the U.N. Secretary-General; the Open Society Foundations; the Overseas Development Institute; Oxfam Novib; Transparency International; the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime; UNICEF; the West Asia-North Africa Institute; and the World Bank.

• He has served as a featured speaker and panelist at events convened by the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law, the Open Society Foundations, the U.N. Development Programme, UNICEF, the West Asia-North Africa Institute, the World Bank, and numerous other institutions.

• One focus of Prof. Golub’s work has been the growing field of legal empowerment (the use of law and rights specifically by and for the disadvantaged, to increase their control over their lives.) He authored seminal papers on the topic, coining the term “legal empowerment” in an Asian Development Bank report (2001) and further explicating the approach in a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace policy brief (2003). He has edited collections of papers on this and related topics for the Ford Foundation (2000), the Hague Journal on the Rule of Law (2009), the International Development Law Organization (2010), and the Open Society Justice Initiative (2013).

• Another focus has been political economy analysis, taking into consideration the ingrained incentives and other influences that shape international development and development aid programs.

• His research and consulting work has also covered the rule of law; national and local governance, including accountability and anti-corruption initiatives; civil society advocacy, service delivery, and engagement with governance; human rights; non-state justice systems; democracy; clinical and other forms of legal education; legal services for the disadvantaged; law’s interface with poverty reduction and socioeconomic development fields; public interest law; legal, regulatory, and policy reform; legal implementation; gender; cultural minorities; human and sex trafficking; public health; natural resources; the environment; land tenure and other property rights; housing; the urban poor; migrants; refugees; journalism and media; fragile and post-conflict states; grant-making; philanthropy; research methodologies; project assessment and design; and monitoring and evaluation.

• He has written approximately 40 published papers on many of the above topics.

• Prof. Golub’s work has taken him to Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Bosnia, Cambodia, Chile, China, Croatia, Eritrea, Georgia, Guatemala, Hungary, Lebanon, India, Indonesia, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Malawi, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Ukraine, and Yemen. He has also conducted numerous regional and global assignments involving Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union.

• Further information on Prof. Golub can be found at his website,

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