Kristine Herman

Advocacy Director

Tel (718) 254-0700 x231

Kristine Herman is a policy specialist with more than 15 years of experience working at the intersections of law, human rights and gender.

For nearly ten years, Ms. Herman worked in numerous capacities at the Center for Court Innovation in New York City, assisting in the planning and development of specialized courts and other criminal justice initiatives and providing national and international technical assistance. In addition to her experience with law reform non-profits in the United States, Ms. Herman has worked in countries such as Azerbaijan and Afghanistan on issues of domestic and sexual violence, juvenile justice and human rights. She has served as an expert consultant on domestic violence and court reform to the Victoria Department of Justice and the New South Wales Attorney General’s Office, Australia; examined legislative efforts in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia for compliance with international conventions and best practices; and provided comments and recommendations to draft laws on gender equality, domestic violence and juvenile justice.  Prior to returning to New York, Ms. Herman worked as a Gender Advisor for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, based in Vienna, Austria, where she provided expertise on integrating a gender perspective into projects and policies in South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia.  Immediately prior to joining BDS, Ms. Herman served as a Fulbright Specialist, designing and teaching a course on Gender & the Law: A Global Introduction to law students at the University of South Pacific in Suva, Fiji.

Ms. Herman serves as a guest reviewer for the International Journal of Transitional Justice and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Pacific Law School, where she teaches an annual intensive course on Gender & the Law: A Global Introduction in Fiji.

Ms. Herman completed her B.A. at Antioch College, her Master of Social Work at Tulane University and her J.D. at Northeastern University.  She has been licensed to practice law in New York since 2000.