Executive Director Lisa Davis

International Association of Women Judges

Washington, DC


Ms. Davis is an international human rights lawyer with over 20 years of global project management and legal reform experience. She brings to IAWJ her extensive experience in executive leadership of international advocacy and development organizations, in women’s rights, and in the design of strategies, training, and support for those within the justice sector and frontline human rights defenders. Prior to IAWJ, Ms. Davis was part of the executive team at Freedom House, a democracy promotion organization, where she advised the organization and staff on international legal issues, and as Director of Rule of Law programs, developed a signature portfolio of programs to support human rights defenders in over 30 countries—expanding Freedom House’s operations to 10+ overseas field offices. She served as Technical Director for two USAID funded global rule of law and human rights (RIGHTS) programs, leading consortia of implementing partners. In all of her international experience, Ms. Davis designed strategies to promote women’s rights, including drafting and advocating for new legislation, research and human rights documentation, and support of strategic litigation on women’s issues. Her previous experience also includes serving as a trial attorney at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and project director for two legal reform projects in Albania. She has led advocacy delegations before international and US agencies, including the United Nations, Organization of American States, US Congress and State Department.