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Erik Jensen, JD

  • Professor of the Practice of Law at Stanford Law School
  • Director of the Rule of Law Program at Stanford Law School
  • CDDRL Affiliated Faculty

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

(650) 725-4287 (voice)
(650) 725-0253 (fax)

Biography

Erik Jensen holds joint appointments at Stanford Law School and Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. He is Professor of the Practice, 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. At the Freeman Spogli Institute, Jensen is a founding faculty member of the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program and he continues to anchor that program with Francis Fukuyama and Larry Diamond. 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

Working Papers
October 2009

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

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Contract Enforcement and Firm Organization: Evidence from the Indian Textile Industry
Books
April 2005

Beyond Common Knowledge: Empirical Approaches to the Rule of Law

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Beyond Common Knowledge: Empirical Approaches to the Rule of Law
Books
May 2004

The Rule of Law and Judicial Reform: The Political Economy of Diverse Institutional Patterns and Reformers' Responses

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The Rule of Law and Judicial Reform: The Political Economy of Diverse Institutional Patterns and Reformers' Responses

In The News

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.
Stanford summer fellowship crafts next generation of global leaders
Screenshot of Draper Hills 2021 opening session
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Global Democracy Leaders Gather Virtually for the 2021 Draper Hills Summer Fellowship

For the next two weeks, Fellows will participate in workshops led by an interdisciplinary team of faculty to study new theories and approaches to democratic development.
Global Democracy Leaders Gather Virtually for the 2021 Draper Hills Summer Fellowship
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya discusses the future of democracy in Belarus with a roundtable of Stanford scholars.
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Belarusian Leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya Meets with Stanford Scholars for Roundtable on Democracy in Belarus

Democratic leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and her delegation joined an interdisciplinary panel of Stanford scholars and members of the Belarusian community to discuss the future of democracy in Belarus.
Belarusian Leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya Meets with Stanford Scholars for Roundtable on Democracy in Belarus
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