Jennifer Tsai

Senior Policy Fellow, San Francisco, USA

Jennifer has more than 18 years of experience working on access to justice and legal empowerment issues.

She previously worked for the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA), where she provided substantive direction, support and expertise to a global portfolio on access to justice and human rights, particularly in conflict-affected countries. Jennifer also led the design and implementation of rights-based assessments, research studies, and training curricula in areas as diverse as legal profession reform, the role of the justice sector in preventing atrocities, victim participation in transitional justice processes, citizen perceptions of access to justice, the Sustainable Development Goals, legal empowerment for LGBTI activists, and reparations.

She has worked with international institutions such as the United Nations and local civil society organizations throughout the world, including in Indonesia, Philippines, China, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Jordan, Iran, and Armenia. Before the ABA, Jennifer worked in Beijing, China helping to build the capacity of indigent defense systems that provide effective, quality criminal defense services to the poor. She started her legal career by practicing law in New York for 11 years, mainly as a criminal appellate lawyer and a public defender.

Jennifer holds a J.D. from Cornell University Law School and a B.A. from Columbia College, Columbia University.

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