Aryeh Neier is president emeritus of the Open Society Foundations. He was a co-founder and executive director of Human Rights Watch and is the former executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Neier has taught at the law schools of New York University, Georgetown University, and the University of Siena, Italy. He was a distinguished visiting professor of Sciences Po, Paris, and has lectured at universities around the world.
Neier has published in the New York Review of Books, the New York Times Magazine and Book Review, Foreign Policy and The Nation. He has contributed more than 350 op-ed articles in newspapers including the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and International Herald Tribune. Neier has authored seven books, including, The International Human Rights Movement: A History (2012), and has contributed chapters to more than 20 books.
He is the recipient of seven honorary degrees and numerous awards from organizations including the American Bar Association, the Swedish Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the International Women’s Health Coalition.