Malcolm Russell-Einhorn

Malcolm Russel-Einhorn portrait
Research Professor of International Affairs
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Areas of Expertise

Legal and regulatory reform in developing countries; administrative justice; corruption and development; cross-sectoral integration in foreign assistance programming

A senior international affairs expert and international development researcher, practitioner, and educator with over two decades of experience in international legal and regulatory reform, access to justice, parliamentary strengthening (including legislative drafting procedures), public management reform, business enabling environment diagnostics, anti-corruption strategy development and implementation, and analysis of decentralized governance systems. Development work has featured diverse technical and supervisory positions, ranging from those focused on delivery of programs by civil society organizations and development organizations, to leadership of a major academic development program and research center at SUNY-Albany. Currently directing a 3 1/2 year US Agency for International Development-funded administrative justice program in Rwanda that includes field research on citizens experience with administrative dispute resolution at the local level (particularly with regard to labor violations, land expropriation, and public procurement), media outreach and public education work, and training of local government officials in data management, strategic planning, dispute resolution, and key laws and regulations governing the above three areas.
Have significant program evaluation and assessment experience with USAID, the U.S. State Department, the World Bank, and the U.S. Department of Justice. Have previously taught and conducted research at the University of Maryland, SUNY-Albany, and the University of Massachusetts Boston. Author of several articles and book chapters.

Current Research

Administrative justice in comparative perspective; Rwanda as a case study in implementing administrative justice programming


JD, Harvard University; BA, MA, Yale University


“The Rise of the Global Human Rights Regime: Challenging Power with Humanity,” in Human Rights: Interdisciplinary Approaches, E. Chowdhury and R. Srikanth, eds. (Chapter co-author with Darren Kew and Adriana Villegas). Abingdon: Routledge Press (2018)

The Strengthening Decentralization for Sustainability Project in Uganda: A Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Case Study of a Pioneering Cross-Sectoral Project and its Experience with USAID Forward (Washington: USAID) (2017).

Using Administrative Law Tools and Concepts to Strengthen USAID Programming, Washington: USAID DG Office Technical Publications Series (co-authored with Howard Fenton)(2008).

“Legal and Institutional Frameworks Supporting Accountability in Budgeting and Service Delivery Performance,” in A. Shah, ed., Performance Accountability and Combating Corruption, pp. 183-230 Public Sector Governance and Accountability SeriesWashington: The World Bank (2007).

Fighting Urban Crime: The Evolution of Federal-Local Collaboration, NIJ Issue in Brief (Dec. 2003), NCJ 197040.

“Strengthening Access to Information and Public Participation in Transition Countries—Latvia as a Case Study in Administrative Law Reform,” Administrative Law Review, vol. 54, no. 1 (Winter 2002)(with Jeffrey Lubbers and Vedat Milor).

Federal-Local Law Enforcement Collaboration in Investigating and Prosecuting Urban Crime, 1982-1999: Drugs, Weapons, and Gangs,” Report to the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, May, 2000 (with Amy Seeherman and Shawn Ward).

Classes Taught

Have previously taught courses in Democratic Governance, Decentralization, and Development; Global and Comparative Public Administration; Law, Society, and the Shaping of Public Policy in Developing Countries; Law in Post-Conflict Societies; Corruption and Development; Law in Transitional Economies; and Comparative Law.