Maaike de Langen is a Senior Fellow at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation (CIC) and works independently as an international consultant in New York City.
Previously at CIC, she was Head of Research for the Pathfinders’ Task Force on Justice and oversaw the research for the Justice for All report. She forged the global mobilization of governments and justice partners around people-centered justice.
She subsequently founded and directed the Pathfinders for Justice Program, which created the Justice Action Coalition, the Ibero-American Justice Alliance and the Young Justice Leaders, and published the Justice in a Pandemic briefing series, amongst others.
Maaike started her career with the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance, and Development (Leiden University) where she did socio-legal research in the North of Mali.
She then worked for UNDP in N’Djamena, Chad and at HQ in New York, working on governance, human rights, access to justice, and legal empowerment of the poor. She had a critical role in drafting the Report of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor and created UNDP’s first global project on Legal Empowerment of the Poor.
Back in the Netherlands, she was first advisor to the National ombudsman for eight years, creating and leading the Department for Strategy and Policy. In 2014, she returned to Mali for a year, to design the Dutch bilateral program on Security and Rule of Law.
Early in 2018, she joined NYU CIC, with a first assignment as member of the review team for the review of the UN’s Global Focal Point for Police, Justice and Corrections.
She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.