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Maha Jweied

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Maha Jweied is an Advisor to the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies housed at the Center on International Cooperation.

She is also CEO of the Responsible Business Initiative for Justice, an international non-profit organization working with companies to champion fairness, equality, and effectiveness across systems of punishment and incarceration. Previously, she served as an independent expert on access to justice working with a number of nonprofit and multilateral organizations leveraging insight gained after nearly 12 years in the U. S. executive branch.

Until January 2018, she led the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Access to Justice. In that role, she also served as the executive director of the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable and represented the U.S. government as its indigent defense and legal aid expert in bilateral settings and multilateral meetings. She was also a senior attorney-advisor in the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, a litigation associate atArent Fox LLP, and spent time at Mizan Law Group for Human Rights, a legal aid office in Amman, Jordan.

She served as a law clerk in the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Maha received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, LLM from the London School of Economics, and B.A. from George Washington University.


  • The Justice for All Movement and the Open Government Partnership. Author: Maha Jweied
    Publication: Report December 15, 2021

    Taking Action for Justice

    Since the adoption of the SDG goals and targets that call for justice for all by 2030, the global justice community has demonstrated that through collaboration and partnership, action on justice can grow. This has been particularly true in efforts to advance national action on justice through the Open Government Partnership (OGP), which was recognized by the Task Force on Justice as a platform that can accelerate efforts to strengthen justice provision and further recognized in the Shared Strategy for 2020-2023 as a mechanism to develop ambitious and transformative action.

  • Publication: Policy Brief December 18, 2020

    From the Global to the Local: Leveraging International Engagement to Advance Justice at Home

    This paper sets out how the former U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Access to Justice leveraged international activity and mechanisms, including the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to advance its domestic priorities. The strategy resulted in notable accomplishments and even protected a number of them after the office was closed in 2018.

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