Lawson-Remer, Terra

Terra Lawson-Remer
PhD, Political Economy, New York University
JD, New York University School of Law
Assistant Professor of International Affairs, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

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Areas of Expertise:
Global Economy; Poverty and Economic Development; Property Rights; Rule of Law
Terra Lawson-Remer’s research addresses opportunity and exclusion in the global economy. This includes economic development and poverty, natural resources, global economic governance, property rights, emerging economies, fragile states, inclusive growth, democratic transitions, and rule of law. She has written numerous academic research articles on these issues, and worked and conducted field studies in Latin America, North and East Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific. Lawson-Remer is co-creator of the Social & Economic Rights Fulfillment (SERF) Index and is currently directing a study on the political economy of democratic transitions for the Council on Foreign Relations.

Long a committed civic leader, Lawson-Remer previously worked as an organizer, action coordinator, and consultant for a variety of grassroots environmental and social justice organizations, including Amnesty International USA, the New York Civil Liberties Union, Ruckus, the United Farm Workers, and the Rainforest Action Network. She was a lead plaintiff in an ACLU lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of San Diego’s youth curfew ordinance, which the Ninth Circuit agreed was unconstitutional and overturned in 1997. At Yale she co-founded STARC: Students Transforming and Resisting Corporations; a national student organization that advocated for corporate social responsibility and played a pivotal role in winning greater transparency and strengthening environmental and social safeguards at the WTO and World Bank.

Lawson-Remer is also a Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, and author of the forthcoming book Fulfilling Social & Economics Rights (with Fukuda-Parr and Randolph, Oxford University Press, 2012).

Courses Taught:
  • Comparative Development Experience
  • The Paradox of Plenty: Natural Resources, Economic Development, and Conflict
  • Development Economics
  • Law & Development
Recent Publications:

“Do Stronger Collective Property Rights Improve Household Welfare? Evidence from a Field Study in Fiji” (2012).

 “Property Insecurity, Growth, & Conflict.” Brooklyn Journal of International Law (2012). 

 “Security of Property Rights for Whom?” (2010)

“An Index of Social & Economic Rights Fulfillment: Concept & Methodology.” Journal of Human Rights 8 (2009): 195-221.

“A Role for the International Finance Corporation in Integrating Environmental & Human Rights Standards into Core Project Covenants: A Case Study of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline Project.”

“Integrating Environmental, Social and Governance Issues into Institutional Investment: A Handbook for Colleges and Universities.” Amnesty International USA and Responsible Endowments Coalition (2007).

“NAFTA, GATS, and the Propertization of Resources.” NYU Environmental Law Journal 14 (2006).

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