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Rita Eleanore Abrams Hauser

Rita Eleanore Abrams Hauser was American lawyer. Bar: District of Columbia 1959, New York 1961, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1967.


  • Hauser, Rita Eleanore Abrams was born on July 12, 1934 in New York City. Daughter of Nathan and Frieda (Litt) Abrams.

  • Education

    • AB magna cum laude, City University of New York Hunter College, 1954. Doctor in Political Economy with highest honors, University Strasbourg, France, 1955. Licence en Droit, University Paris, 1958.

      Student, Harvard University, 1956. Bachelor of Laws with honors, New York University, 1959. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Seton Hall University, 1969.

      Doctor of Laws (honorary), Finch College, 1969. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Miami, Florida, 1971. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Colgate University, 1995.


    • Attorney United States Department Justice, 1959-1961. Private practice New York City, 1961-1967. Partner Moldover, Hauser, Strauss & Volin, 1968-1972.

      Senior partner Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, New York City, 1972-1992, retired partner, 1992—2009. President The Hauser Foundation, since 1990. Appointed member foreign intelligence board President, 2001—2004.

      Board member New America Foundation, 2009. Appointed member president's intelligence advisory board President Obama, 2010. Handmaker lecturer, Louis Brandeis Lecture Series, University Kentucky Law School.

      Lecturer international law Naval War College and Army War College. Lecturer St. Anthony's College, Oxford (England) University, 2002. Mitchell lecturer in law State University of New York, Buffalo.

      United States Information Agency lecturer constitutional law Egypt, India, Australia, New Zealand. United States chairman International Center for Peace in Middle East, 1984-1992. Board directors International Peace Institute, chair since 1993.

      United States public delegate to Vienna follow-up meeting of Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, 1986-1988. Member advisory panel in international law United States Department State, 1986-1992, American Society International Law Award to honor Women in International Law. Member Pacific Council on International Policy, 1998-1900.

      Board directors The Rand Corporation, International Institute Strategic Studies, London, The Lowy Institute International Policy, Sydney, The Center International Governance Innovation, Canada. Chair international advisory board The International Crisis Group, 2004. Chair American Ditchley Foundation, since 2006.

      Member foundation board Global Humanitarian Forum, Geneva, 2007-2010. Board member New America Foundation, since 2009.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: District of Columbia 1959, New York 1961, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1967.


    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    United States representative to United Nations commission on Human Rights, 1969-1972. Member United States delegate to General Assembly United Nations, 1969. Vice chairman United States Advisory Committee on International and Cultural Affairs, 1973-1977.

    Member New York City Board Higher Education, 1974-1976, Stanton Panel on international information, education, cultural relations to reorganize United States Information Agency and Voice of America, 1974-1975, Middle East Study Group Brookings Institute, 1975, 87-88, United States delegate World Conference International Women's Year, Mexico City, 1975. Co-chair Committee for Re-election President, 1972, Presidential Debates project League of Vermont Writers, 1976, Coalition for Regan/Bush. Advisory board National News Council, 1977-1979.

    Board directors Bd for International Broadcasting, 1977-1980, International Peace Institute, The Aspen Institute, The Research and Development Corporation, 1999-2009. Chair international advisory board International Crisis Group, since 2005. Trustee Lincoln Center Performing Arts.

    Advisory board Center For Law and National Security, University Virginia Law School, 1978-1984. Visiting committee Center International Affairs Harvard University, 1975-1981, John F. Kennedy School Government, Harvard University, since 1992, chair advisory board Hauser Center for Non-Profit Organizations at Harvard University. Co-chair dean's board advisors Harvard Law School, since 1996, vice-chair, national co-chair university fund-raising campaign, 1997-2000, vice chairman committee on university resources, since 2002.

    Board advisors Middle East Institute, Harvard University. Board trustees New York University Law School. Board visitors Georgetown School Foreign Service, 1989-1994.

    Chairman advisory panel International Parlimentatry Group for Human Rights in Soviet Union, 1984-1986. Member Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, since 1995. Member special refugee advisory panel Department State, 1981.

    Board fellows Claremont University Center and Graduate School, 1990-1994. Former trustee International Legal Center, Legal Aid Society New York, Freedom House. Member Lawyers Communications Human Rights, since 1996.

    Fellow American Bar Association (life, member standing committees on law and national security 1979-1985, standing committee on world order under law 1969-1978, standing committee on judicial selection, tenure, compensation 1977-1979, council section on independent rights and responsibilities 1970-1973, advisor board journal 1973-1978). Member American Society International Law (vice president since 1988, member executive committee 1971-1976), American Foreign Law Association (board directors), American Arbitration Association (past board directors), Americans Society (board directors since 1988), Council Foreign Relations (board directors), International Institute for Strategic Studies (London, board directors 1994-2006), International Advisory Board, Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, Tel Aviv University (1999-2004), American Council on Germany, The Atlantic Council United States, Friends of the Hauge Academy International Law (board directors), Association of Bar of City of New York, Catalyst (board directors 1989-1996).


    • Married Gustave M. Hauser, June 10, 1956. Children: Glenvil Aubrey, Ana Patricia.
    • father: Nathan Abrams
    • mother: Frieda (Litt) Abrams
    • spouse: Gustave M. Hauser
    • children: Glenvil Aubrey Hauser
    • Ana Patricia Hauser
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    Born July 12, 1934