Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe

Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, JD, PhD


not in residence

Research Interests

the international rule of law; historical evolution of norms on use of force; evolving norms on state sovereignty; U.N. Reform; American perspectives on international law and international institutions


Eileen Donahoe is Executive Director of the Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. Eileen served as the first US Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva during the Obama Administration. After leaving government she was Director of Global Affairs at Human Rights Watch where she represented the organization worldwide on human rights foreign policy. Eileen is a member of the National Endowment for Democracy Board of Directors; the Dartmouth College Board of Trustees; the University of Essex Project on Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Advisory Board; the Benetech Advisory Board; and the Freedom Online Coalition Advisory Network. She served on the World Economic Forum Council on the Future of Human Rights. Previously, she was a technology litigator at Fenwick & West in Silicon Valley. She holds a BA from Dartmouth, an M.T.S. from Harvard, a J.D. from Stanford Law School, an MA in East Asian Studies from Stanford, and a Ph.D. in Ethics and Social Theory from the GTU Cooperative Program with UC Berkeley.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.