Erik Jensen

Erik Jensen, JD

  • Lecturer in Law, Stanford Law School
  • Director of the Rule of Law Program, Stanford Law School
  • CDDRL Affiliated Faculty

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Stanford University
Encina Hall, C144
616 Jane Stanford Way
Stanford, CA 94305-6055

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Biography

Erik Jensen holds joint appointments at Stanford Law School and Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. He is Lecturer in Law, Director of the Rule of Law Program at Stanford Law School, an Affiliated Core Faculty at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, and Senior Advisor for Governance and Law at The Asia Foundation. Jensen began his international career as a Fulbright Scholar. He has taught and practiced in the field of law and development for 35 years and has carried out fieldwork in approximately 40 developing countries. He lived in Asia for 14 years. He has led or advised research teams on governance and the rule of law at the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the African Development Bank. Among his numerous publications, Jensen co-edited with Thomas Heller Beyond Common Knowledge: Empirical Approaches to the Rule of Law (Stanford University Press: 2003).

At Stanford, he teaches courses related to state building, development, global poverty and the rule of law. Jensen’s scholarship and fieldwork focuses on bridging theory and practice, and examines connections between law, economy, politics and society. Much of his teaching focuses on experiential learning. In recent years, he has committed considerable effort as faculty director to three student driven projects: the Afghanistan Legal Education Project (ALEP) which started and has developed a law degree-granting programs at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), an institution where he also sits on the Board of Trustees; the Iraq Legal Education Initiative at the American University of Iraq in Sulaimani (AUIS); and the Rwanda Law and Development Project at the University of Rwanda. He has also directed projects in Bhutan, Cambodia and Timor Leste. With Paul Brest, he is co-leading the Rule of Non-Law Project, a research project launched in 2015 and funded by the Global Development and Poverty Fund at the Stanford King Center on Global Development. The project examines the use of various work-arounds to the formal legal system by economic actors in developing countries. Eight law faculty members as well as scholars at the Freeman Spogli Institute are participating in the Rule of Non-Law Project.

publications

Reports
May 2024

Regulating the Lawyer-Enablers of Russia’s War on Ukraine

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Journal Articles
November 2023

Is Taliban 2.0 Closing the Gates to Ijtihad Again?

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Working Papers
October 2009

Contract Enforcement and Firm Organization: Evidence from the Indian Textile Industry

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In The News

Erik Jensen and Sarah Manney, JD '24
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SLS’ Rule of Law Pro Bono Project Advises Moldova on Anti-Corruption Prosecutions

A team of Stanford Law students recently submitted a report to the Chief Anti-Corruption Prosecutor of Moldova outlining procedures and strategies for the country to consider in order to avoid delays in its prosecution of corruption cases.
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Panelists speaking at "Is Democracy in Danger" at Meyer Green. (Photo: GAURVI SINGHVI/The Stanford Daily)
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Democracy experts sound alarm ahead of midterm elections

Stanford experts view this year’s midterms as critical to determining the future of democracy in the United States.
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Larry Diamond, Kathryn Stoner, Erik Jensen and Francis Fukuyama at the opening session of the 2022 Draper Hills Fellows Program
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Stanford summer fellowship crafts next generation of global leaders

The Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program reconvened in person for the first time, bringing budding leaders together with the world’s most influential democracy scholars.
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