Edwin Rekosh is the president and founder of PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law. PILnet collaborates with local partners around the globe to develop the legal landscape essential to rights-respecting societies. It provides lawyers with the tools they need to challenge injustice, strengthens the ability of citizens to shape law and policy, and connects a global community of activist lawyers who are using law to advance change.
The original inspiration for the organization came from Rekosh's work assisting the development of human rights groups in Romania and elsewhere in central and eastern Europe during the early 1990s, as those groups sought to engage with their countries' newly emerging constitutional orders. Rekosh lived for 10 years in Romania and Hungary, and has worked on projects in China, and more than 30 additional countries throughout the world.
A lecturer in law at Columbia Law School, where PILnet was originally based, Rekosh teaches the a human rights, law, and development workshop. He has been a recurring visiting professor at Central European University. Prior to founding PILnet, he consulted for the Ford Foundation, worked for the International Human Rights Law Group, practiced law at Coudert Brothers, and co-founded the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
Rekosh has written and spoken extensively about human rights and the rule of law, and received the American Bar Association's International Human Rights award in 2009. He is a graduate of Cornell University and Columbia Law School.