Diana Hortsch

Portrait of Diana Hortsch
Visiting Professor of Law, Fundamentals of Lawyering
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Diana Hortsch has worked for two decades in human rights advocacy, and has published on international NGO accountability, ethical lawyering, and reproductive and sexual rights. While serving as Director of the Law School Initiative at the Center for Reproductive Rights, Professor Hortsch collaborated with legal faculty on symposia, litigation planning sessions, and a faculty amicus brief strategy for a landmark abortion case before the United States Supreme Court. Previously, she worked for the Ford Foundation’s Governance and Civil Society Unit, and consulted for a range of smaller human rights organizations. She comes to GW Law after teaching full-time in the Graduate Lawyering program at NYU Law. Previously, she served as Lecturer-in-Law and directed an LLM program focused on comparative public interest lawyering. Professor Hortsch clerked for Federal Magistrate Judge Cheryl Pollak in the Eastern District of New York. 



AB, Bryn Mawr College; JD, New York University School of Law


Diana Hortsch amp; Cynthia Soohoo, Who is a Human Rights Defender? An Essay on Sexual and Reproductive Rights Defenders, 65 University of Miami Law Review 981 (2011).

Diana Hortsch, et al., Foreword, Gender Justice in the Americas: A Transnational Dialogue on Violence, Sexuality, Reproduction, and Human Rights, 65 University of Miami Law Review 751 (2011).

Diana Hortsch, The Paradox of Partnership: Amnesty International, Responsible Advocacy and NGO Accountability, 42.1 Columbia Human Rights Law Review 101 (2010).

Diana Hortsch, Defining Responsible Advocacy: The International NGO Accountability Charter (RCLA Working Paper, Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, New York University, 2009).

Diana Hortsch, The Philippine Council for NGO Certification: Ten Years Later (RCLA Working Paper, Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, New York University, 2009).