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Aryeh Neier

President

Open Society Foundations


Prior to joining the Open Society Institute in 1993, Aryeh Neier served for 12 years as executive eirector of Human Rights Watch. Before that, he spent 15 years at the American Civil Liberties Union, including eight years as national executive director. Mr. Neier has served as an adjunct professor of law at New York University for more than a dozen years.

He is a frequent contributor to the Nation and the New York Review of Books, and has published in periodicals such as the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, and Foreign Policy. Mr. Neier has contributed more than a hundred op-ed articles in newspapers including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and the International Herald Tribune. Author of six books, Mr. Neier has also contributed chapters to more than twenty books. He has lectured at most of the country's leading universities, and has appeared frequently on such television shows as Nightline, Newshour, and Today.

Mr. Neier, a naturalized American, was born in Nazi Germany and became a refugee at an early age. He is the recipient of six honorary doctorates and the American Bar Association's Gavel Award.

Focus: Democracy, Human Rights, Germany, United States, Americas, Europe, Global

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Last Updated: May 13, 2008