Professor Stephen Golub is an international development scholar and consultant with more than 25 years of experience in 40 countries spanning the globe. Prof. Golub has consulted and conducted research for numerous leading multilateral and bilateral agencies, foundations, policy institutes, universities and nongovernmental organizations. His experience features the following elements:
Prof. Golub is a Harvard Law School graduate whose academic background includes teaching courses on international development at Berkeley Law School and Central European University and on refugee policy at Tufts University.
His consulting and research engagements have covered the rule of law, national and local governance, civil society, human rights, non-state justice systems, democracy, government accountability/anti-corruption, social accountability, social development, legal empowerment, legal education, legal services for the disadvantaged, the interface of law and poverty reduction, public interest law, gender, sex trafficking, public health, natural resources, property rights, land tenure, refugees, fragile and post-conflict states, political economy analysis and project design and evaluation.
Prof. Golub 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 has conducted several dozen additional consultancies and research assignments for such organizations as the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative; Amnesty International; the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor; the Danish, Dutch and Norwegian development agencies; the Danish Institute for Human Rights; the International Development Law Organization; 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; and the World Bank.
Prof. Golub has edited several volumes and written approximately 40 published papers on many of the aforementioned topics.
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 World Bank and many other institutions.
One focus of Prof. Golub’s work has been the growing field of legal empowerment, which is the use of law and rights specifically by and for the disadvantaged to increase their control over their lives. Numerous development organizations increasingly promote legal empowerment because various studies document its impact; because it bolsters socioeconomic progress, poverty alleviation, service delivery, governance, state accountability and development effectiveness; and because it benefits such groups as persecuted minorities, women threatened by violence or property theft, farmers and urban poor seeking improved land tenure and low income persons denied education or health services due to corruption.
His country-specific experience embraces Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Bosnia, Cambodia, Chile, China, Croatia, Eritrea, Georgia, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kosovo, Latvia, Malawi, Moldova, Mongolia, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Ukraine and Yemen. He has also conducted many regional and global assignments.
Prof. Golub is available for consulting, research and speaking engagements.