Lucie E. White

Louis A. Horvitz Professor of Law


Lucie White is the Louis A. Horvitz Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Interim Faculty Chair of the Harvard Committee on African Studies. After working for two decades on critical lawyering and client voice in the context of US poverty, she turned to the issue of extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. Thus, for a decade she has worked with Ghanaian partners on an interdisciplinary Right to Health project that challenges the ways that Ghana’s health finance system contributes to economic and social inequality. She has been a Fulbright Senior Africa Scholar, a Carnegie Scholar on Teaching and Learning, a scholar in residence at the Harvard Divinity School, and a Bunting Scholar at Radcliffe College. In 2006, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, she initiated “Stones of Hope,” a collaboration among African human rights activists and distinguished human rights scholars to examine African innovations in Economic and Social Rights advocacy. This project culminated in a recent book, L. White and J. Perelman eds., Stones of Hope: African Lawyers Use Human Rights to Challenge Global Poverty (Stanford University Press, 2010).

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