Minow, Power, Lanni, and Rabb Named Radcliffe Institute Fellows

Harvard Law Today
May 4, 2017

During her deanship, Minow has continued her broader service to the legal academy and the profession while focusing attention on the delivery of legal services nationally and internationally. She has served as vice chair of the board of the government-sponsored Legal Services Corporation (LSC), which provides and promotes civil legal aid for people who cannot otherwise afford counsel, and as chair of the LSC’s Pro Bono Task Force. She also served as the inaugural chair of the Deans Steering Committee of the Association of American Schools and as a member of the American Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion 360 Commission.

Power became Ambassador to the United Nations in August 2013, after serving for four years as President Obama’s Special Assistant for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights on the National Security Council. At the U.N., Power negotiated the toughest sanctions in a generation against North Korea, became the public face of U.S. opposition to Russian actions in Ukraine and Syria, lobbied to help secure the release of political prisoners around the world, and spearheaded UN reforms, including of U.N. peacekeeping.

Power first came to the Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in 1998 as project director of the Human Rights Initiative, which later became the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Prior to her academic career, Power served as a foreign correspondent, contributing to The New Yorker, New Republic, and New York Review of Books. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for “’A Problem from Hell:’ America and the Age of Genocide,” which examined U.S. response to genocide in the 20th century. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling book, “Sergio: One Man’s Fight to Save the World” (2007) and the editor, with Derek Chollet, of “The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World” (2012). In 2004 and 2015 she was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Lanni’s teaching and scholarship combine her expertise in both criminal law and ancient legal history. At Harvard Law School, she teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Adjudication, and the Criminal Justice Workshop, as well as a variety of legal history courses on ancient Greek and Roman law. Her publications include “Law and Justice in the Courts of Classical Athens,” and the just published “Law and Order in Ancient Athens,” as well as several articles on ancient law and the modern criminal jury.

In addition to her HLS appointment, Rabb is a Professor of History, Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor, Harvard University Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, where Rabb was part of the 2016, 2017 classes of fellows. Radcliffe professorships, which are offered in conjunction with tenured positions at the University, help recruit scholars to the Harvard faculty. Radcliffe Professors spend four semesters as fellows at the Institute during their first five years at the University.

Prior to joining HLS in 2014, Rabb was an associate professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and Law at New York University School of Law, where she held a joint appointment at the NYU Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Department and the NYU School of Law. She also holds appointments as the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute and a professor of history at Harvard University. She has published on Islamic law in historical and modern contexts, most recently the monograph Doubt in Islamic Law: A History of Legal Maxims, Interpretation, and Islamic Criminal Law (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Learn more about the 2017–2018 class of fellows and what they will be working on at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study:


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