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Rita Eleanore Abrams Hauser, American Lawyer. Bar: District of Columbia 1959, New York 1961, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1967. Fulbright grantee U. Strasbourg, 1955; Intellectual Exch. fellow Japan Society; recipient Jane Addams International Women's Leadership award, 1996, women in international law award American Society International Law, 1995, Fulbright award for Fulbright Alumni, 1997.


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


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.


Worked at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP (New York, NY) specializing in General Practice. Admitted to the bar, 1959, District of Columbia. 1961, New York; 1967, United States.

Supreme Court.

United States. Representative to United Nations Commission on Human Rights, 1969-1972. Member, Special Refugee Advisory Panel, Department of State, 1981.

Vice Chairman: United States. Advisory Commission on International, Educational and Cultural Affairs, 1973-1977. Board for International Broadcasting, 1977-1980.

Public Member, United States. Delegation to Helsinki Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe Follow-up Meetings, Vienna, 1986-1988. Trustee: International Legal Center, 1973-1977.

Legal Aid Society of New York, 1973-1977. Trustee and Member, Executive Committee, New York Philharmonic Society, 1978—. Member, Advisory Panel on International Law, United States.

Department of State, 1974-1977 and 1986—. Trustee, Harvard Law School Association of New York City, Inc., 1980—. Director, Friends of The Hague Academy of International Law, Inc., 1980—.

Member, Board of Fellows, The Claremont Graduate School. 1990—. Director: International Peace Academy 1990—. The Eisenhower World Affairs Institute, 1991—.

Chair, Advisory Group, International Parliamentary Group for Human Rights in the Soviet Union, 1984-1988. Member, Board of Visitors, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, 1989—. Founded in 1876, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan is a 360-attorney full service law firm with particular expertise in corporate law, litigation, securities law, international commercial transactions, intellectual property, labor, insolvency and workouts, real estate tax, trusts and estates, product liability and insurance law.

The firm is headquartered in New York and has offices in Boston, Budapest, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington, D.C.


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.