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Elisabeth Ward, Executive Director

Elisabeth Ward is the Executive Director of the International Human Rights Law Institute (IHRLI) at DePaul University College of Law. As Executive Director, Ward is responsible for the conceptualization, design and management of IHRLI’s international projects, experiential learning opportunities and scholarly research. Prior to serving as Executive Director, Ward held the position of Director of International Projects, in which she directed IHRLI’s U.S. Department of State grants in Iraq, which included the Legal Education Reform Project, the Women’s Leadership Project, the NGO Training Project, the Supporting Democracy in Iraq Project and the Building Gender Capacity Project. Prior to joining IHRLI she worked on a variety of international human rights law issues, primarily focusing on post-conflict justice issues, anti-trafficking efforts and the protection of the rights of women and children. She is a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois. She received her J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law and her B.A. from James Madison College at Michigan State University.

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