Professor Karen Hall joined the ONU law faculty as the Director of the LLM program in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law and as an Assistant Professor in summer 2015. Professor Hall has expanded the curriculum of the LLM program to include more practical and specialized courses to help prepare students for the realities of working in the rule of law reform field. Prior to joining ONU, Professor Hall served for ten years with the U.S. Department of State in its Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. While there, she directed the development and management of State Department assistance to the criminal justice system in Afghanistan as part of the overall U.S. foreign assistance initiative. Professor Hall developed programs dealing with institutional development, access to justice, protection of women’s rights, and legal education. She spent 2006-2008 living at the Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan directly managing the State Department’s criminal justice and corrections programs. Professor Hall earned multiple Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards from the State Department for her work.
J.D., Harvard Law School
M.A., Security Studies, Georgetown School of Foreign Service
B.A., Russian, Brigham Young University, magna cum laude
Professor Hall’s teaching interests include International Rule of Law Reform, International Law, Comparative Criminal Law, Rule of Law Program Design and Management, Student Externship Courses and Introduction to the American Legal System. Her current research involves examining the consequences of the appropriations and administrative processes of the U.S. government in relation to rule of law reform worldwide. She is also writing about lessons learned from rule of law reform efforts in Afghanistan.