Portrait of Janet Walsh
Director, Humphrey International Fellows Program
153 Humphrey School
Currently reviewing Ph.D. applicants
Global Policy Area
International Fellows and Scholars Program
Areas of Expertise
Gender, human rights, domestic and sexual violence


    Janet Walsh is the director of the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program and a senior fellow with the Master of Human Rights Program, a joint degree of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the College of Liberal Arts. She is a lawyer and human rights expert with two decades of experience advocating for gender equality and women's rights around the world. Janet teaches human rights courses, advises students and fellows on their professional development, and engages with civil society organizations.

    From 2002 to 2019, Janet worked with Human Rights Watch as the deputy director of the Women's Rights Division. Prior to that, Janet was an attorney in several New York law firms, where she represented business clients in international transactions and individuals in pro bono political asylum and domestic violence cases. She also worked for the United Nations’ legal division, where she handled commercial law matters for peacekeeping missions and UN agencies. Janet has a law degree (J.D.) from the University of California at Berkeley and an LL.M. from the University of Cologne, Germany.


    LLM in International and comparative law (University of Cologne, 1996)

    JD (University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 1995)

    BA (Arizona State University, 1992)