Lucie E. White

Louis A. Horvitz Professor of Law

Griswold 511

617-495-4633

Assistant: Ellen Keng / 617-496-9016

Biography

Lucie White is the Louis A. Horvitz Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. After working for two decades on US social welfare law, she turned to the issue of extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. Thus, in 1999 she launched the Harvard Law School’s Ghana project, which is on-going. The project brings together Ghanaian partners and student teams to work on the realization of economic and social rights for Ghana’s least advantaged groups. After working on health finance and mental health, the group turned to the oil industry’s economic and human impacts and geographical inequities in primary education grounded in histories of northern Ghanians’ enslavement and colonial exploitation. In 2010 she built on this work to found the “Stones of Hope” project. This is a collaboration among African human rights activists and global rights scholars to examine African innovations in Economic and Social Rights advocacy. The project culminated in L. White and J. Perelman eds., Stones of Hope: African Lawyers Use Human Rights to Challenge Global Poverty (Stanford University Press, 2010). Subsequently she took part in a number of Harvard Institute of Global Law and Policy initiatives, including a long term research project on human rights and heterodox development. More recently she has received an Open Society grant to work with South African activists to envision a “new South African constitutionalism”. She is currently working on a series of personal essays about growing up as a white girl in Jim Crow. She has received several fellowships and awards and written widely about everyday life, law, and social movement among marginalized groups, particularly those with histories of race subordination, enslavement, and colonization.

Areas of Interest

Hard Labor: Poor Women and Work in the Post-Welfare Era (Joel F. Handler & Lucie E. White eds., M. E. Sharpe 1999).
Categories:
Government & Politics
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Labor & Employment
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Discrimination & Civil Rights
Sub-Categories:
Social Welfare Law
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Gender & Sexuality
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Poverty Law
,
Government Benefits
,
Employment Practice
Type: Book
Abstract
An in-depth view of the world of low-wage female workers in the United States. Written by expert authors actively involved in the field, this work provides -- for the first time -- a focused picture of the critical issues, along with realistic solutions in the struggle of working poor women. The book covers a wide range of topics, including getting and keeping a job, struggling to balance the demands of work and family, health care, child care, and unemployment. It is set in the context of both welfare reform and the low-wage labor market and incorporates both self-employment and micro-business enterprise.
Lucie E. White, On the Guarding of Borders, 33 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 183 (1998).
Categories:
Government & Politics
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Discrimination & Civil Rights
Sub-Categories:
Social Welfare Law
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Civil Rights
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Immigration Law
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Government Benefits
Type: Article
Lucie E. White, The Transformative Potential of Clinical Legal Education, 1997 Osgoode Hall L.J. 603 (1997).
Categories:
Legal Profession
Sub-Categories:
Clinical Legal Education
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Legal Education
,
Legal Services
Type: Article
Grietje Baars, Jennifer Bair, Liam Campling, Dan Danielsen, Dennis Davis, Klaas Hendrik Eller, Dezso Farkas, Tomaso Ferrando, Jason Jackson, David Hansen-Miller, Elizabeth Havice, Claire Mumme, Jesse Salah Ovadia, David Quentin, Brishen Rogers, Jaakko Salminen, Alvaro Santos, Ben Selwyn, Marlese von Broembsen & Lucie Evelyn White, The Role of Law in Global Value Chains: A Research Manifesto, 4 London Rev. Int'l L. 57 (2016).
Categories:
International, Foreign & Comparative Law
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Disciplinary Perspectives & Law
Sub-Categories:
Law & Economics
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Law & Political Theory
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International Trade
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International Law
Type: Article
Abstract
Most scholars attribute the development and ubiquity of global value chains to economic forces, treating law as an exogenous factor, if at all. By contrast, we assert the centrality of legal regimes and private ordering mechanisms to the creation, structure, geography, distributive effects and governance of Global Value Chains (GVCs), and thereby seek to establish the study of law and GVCs as rich and important terrain for research in its own right.
Lucie White, Getting Real About Essential Medicines: “The Last Kilometer”, 31 Md. J. Int’l L. 79 (2016) (Symposium: Clinical Trials and Access to Essential Medicines in African Countries).
Categories:
Health Care
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International, Foreign & Comparative Law
Sub-Categories:
Food & Drug Law
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Health Law & Policy
,
Developing & Emerging Nations
,
Human Rights Law
Type: Article
Lucie E. White, African Youth Mobilize against Garbage: Economic and Social Rights Advocacy and the Practice of Democracy, in The Paradox of Professionalism: Lawyers and the Possibility of Justice 274 (Scott L. Cummings ed., Cambridge Univ. Press 2011).
Categories:
International, Foreign & Comparative Law
,
Discrimination & Civil Rights
Sub-Categories:
Social Welfare Law
,
Developing & Emerging Nations
,
Human Rights Law
Type: Book
Stones of Hope: How African Activists Reclaim Human Rights to Challenge Global Poverty (Lucie E. White & Jeremy Perelman eds., Stanford Univ. Press 2011).
Categories:
International, Foreign & Comparative Law
,
Discrimination & Civil Rights
Sub-Categories:
Poverty Law
,
Human Rights Law
,
Developing & Emerging Nations
Type: Book
Abstract
Stones of Hope shows how African human rights activists have opened new possibilities for justice in the everyday lives of the world's most impoverished peoples.
Lucie E. White & Peter Houtzager, The Long Arc of Pragmatic Economic and Social Rights Advocacy, in Stones of Hope: How African Activists Reclaim Human Rights to Challenge Global Poverty 172 (Lucie E. White & Jeremy Perelman eds., Stan. Univ. Press 2011).
Categories:
International, Foreign & Comparative Law
,
Discrimination & Civil Rights
Sub-Categories:
Social Welfare Law
,
Poverty Law
,
Developing & Emerging Nations
,
Human Rights Law
Type: Book
Abstract
Stones of Hope shows how African human rights activists have opened new possibilities for justice in the everyday lives of the world's most impoverished peoples.
Lucie E. White & Jeremy Perelman, Essay: Can Human Rights Practice be a Critical Project? A View from the Ground, 44 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 157 (2010).
Categories:
International, Foreign & Comparative Law
Sub-Categories:
Developing & Emerging Nations
,
Human Rights Law
Type: Article
Lucie E. White, African Lawyers Harness Human Rights to Face Down Global Poverty, 60 Me. L. Rev. 165 (2008).
Categories:
International, Foreign & Comparative Law
,
Legal Profession
,
Discrimination & Civil Rights
Sub-Categories:
Social Welfare Law
,
Poverty Law
,
Human Rights Law
,
Developing & Emerging Nations
Type: Article
Lucie E. White, ‘If you don’t pay, you die’ : On Death and Desire in the Postcolony, in Exploring Social Rights: Between Theory and Practice (Daphne Barak-Erez & Aeyal Gross eds., Hart Publ'g 2007).
Categories:
International, Foreign & Comparative Law
,
Discrimination & Civil Rights
Sub-Categories:
Social Welfare Law
,
Human Rights Law
,
Developing & Emerging Nations
Type: Book
Abstract
This book will be of interest to anyone concerned with human rights, the legal protection of social rights and social policy. Social rights are the stepchildren of the human rights family. Are they really? Can courts enforce them?
Lucie E. White, Care at Work, in Laboring Below the Line: The New Ethnography of Poverty, Low-Wage Work, and Survival in the Global Economy 213 (Frank Munger ed., Russell Sage Found. 2002).
Categories:
Labor & Employment
,
Discrimination & Civil Rights
Sub-Categories:
Poverty Law
,
Social Welfare Law
,
Employment Practice
Type: Book
Lucie E. White, Closing the Care Gap that Welfare Reform Left Behind, in Lost Ground: Welfare Reform, Poverty and Beyond 179 (Randy Albelda & Ann Withorn eds., South End Press 2002).
Categories:
Government & Politics
,
Discrimination & Civil Rights
Sub-Categories:
Social Welfare Law
,
Poverty Law
,
Government Benefits
Type: Book
Lucie E. White, Closing the Care Gap That Welfare Reform Left Behind, 577 Annals Am. Acad. Pol. & Soc. Sci. 131 (2001).
Categories:
Government & Politics
,
Labor & Employment
,
Constitutional Law
,
Discrimination & Civil Rights
Sub-Categories:
Race & Ethnicity
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Poverty Law
,
Social Welfare Law
,
Government Benefits
,
Employment Practice
Type: Article
Abstract
This article begins by drawing from an interview with Johnnie Tillmon, a grassroots leader of the National Welfare Rights Organization, to locate welfare reform in the context of cultural anxieties about an eroding racial order and shifting gender roles. It then considers the sorts of state policies and legal entitlements that could resource the care-work that has heretofore been subsidized by low-income women's labor and argues that such innovations are not beyond the reach of a pragmatic postmodernist democracy.
Lucie E. White, Two Worlds of Ghanaian Cause Lawyers, in Cause Lawyering and the State in a Global Era (Austin Sarat & Stuart A. Scheingold eds., Oxford Univ. Press 2001).
Categories:
International, Foreign & Comparative Law
,
Legal Profession
Sub-Categories:
Developing & Emerging Nations
,
Human Rights Law
,
Legal Services
Type: Book
Abstract
This chapter examines two key areas in which cause lawyers are active in Ghana – womens’ rights and economic development policy. The analysis is based on interviews with mid‐level professionals, and details what their objectives and outlooks have in common.
Lucie E. White, Pro Bono or Partnership? Rethinking Lawyers' Public Service Obligations for a New Millennium, 50 J. Legal Educ. 134 (2000).
Categories:
Legal Profession
Sub-Categories:
Legal Education
,
Professional Responsibility
,
Legal Services
,
Clinical Legal Education
Type: Article
Lucie E. White, "Democracy" in Development Practice: Essays on a Fugitive Theme, 64 Tenn. L. Rev. 1073 (1997).
Categories:
Legal Profession
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Discrimination & Civil Rights
Sub-Categories:
Social Welfare Law
,
Poverty Law
,
Legal Services
Type: Article

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Griswold 511

617-495-4633

Assistant: Ellen Keng / 617-496-9016