Stephen Golub is an international development scholar and consultant with experience in 40 countries spanning the globe. He has worked with numerous multilateral and bilateral agencies, foundations, policy institutes, universities and nongovernmental organizations.
Mr. Golub’s main focus is the growing field of legal empowerment. He coined the term in a 2001 Asia Foundation/Asian Development Bank report and has helped pioneer the concept since then. In 2013 he taught the first academic courses on the topic, at the University of California at Berkeley Law School and the Central European University Public Policy Department.
His professional background also embraces social justice, governance, civil society, the rule of law, human rights, non-state justice systems, democracy, accountability/anti-corruption, gender, refugees, post-conflict states and project design and evaluation. He has edited several volumes and written over 30 published papers on these topics.
A graduate of Harvard Law School, Mr. Golub has led consulting and research teams of up to 20 members for the Ford Foundation, the Asia Foundation, the Asian Development Bank, Amideast, the U.K. Department for International Development, the U.S Agency for International Development, the U.N. Development Programme and the Global Network for Public Interest Law. His background also includes:
Several dozen other consultancies and research assignments in all major regions of the world, including for the Open Society Foundations, the World Bank, the Danish and Dutch development agencies, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Amnesty International, the Danish Institute for Human Rights, Oxfam Novib, the International Council on Human Rights Policy, the International Development Law Organization and Transparency International.
Teaching at the University of California at Berkeley Law School, Central European University and Tufts University.
Mr. Golub is available for consulting, research and speaking engagements.
Legal empowerment 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 and because it:
integrates rights and development to directly address the priorities and build the power of such groups as persecuted minorities, women victimized by violence or property theft, farmers and urban poor whose land tenure or homes are threatened and low income persons denied education or health services due to corruption;
bolsters socioeconomic progress, poverty alleviation, service delivery, governance, state accountability and development effectiveness;
focuses directly on the disadvantaged, in contrast with conventional development aid approaches that concentrate on government institutions and laws; and
thus complements conventional governance and rule-of-law work in some respects and serves as an effective alternative in others.