Professor Lisa Bhansali received her B.A. from the University of Michigan, holds a Master’s from Columbia University; and studied law at the Georgetown University Law Center. She is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the District of Columbia, and before the United States Supreme Court.

Professor Bhansali has served as a Wasserstein Fellow in Public Interest Law at Harvard Law School. She is currently a Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where she teaches Rule of Law and the Administration of Justice, which includes sessions on government ethics and judicial corruption.

Lisa Bhansali served as the World Bank’s first Governance and Anti-corruption Advisor. She has also been a Senior Public Sector Management Specialist, focusing on justice sector reform, public financial management, and institutional strengthening, including rule of law in post-conflict states and conflict-affected states. She has been the task manager of a number of development projects and analytical studies in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, EU Accession states, and East Asia. Professor Bhansali served as a Senior Counsel in the World Bank’s Legal Vice-Presidency, and from 1996-2001, she worked at the Inter-American Development Bank on Modernization of the State projects in support of criminal justice reform. She has also served as a Political Affairs Officer in the United Nations in South Africa, Mexico, and Guatemala.

Some of her publications include Measuring the Impact of Criminal Justice Reform in Latin America, in Promoting the Rule of Law Abroad: In Search of Knowledge (Carothers, ed., Carnegie, 2006); Engendering Justice: a Gender Assessment’s Impact on Project Design (World Bank, 2005); Procedural Shortcomings in the Defense of Human Rights: An Inequality of Arms (Harris & Livingstone, eds., Oxford University Press, 1998).