Sharon Hom

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Sharon Kang Hom is Executive Director of Human Rights in China (HRIC) and professor of law emerita, City University of New York School of Law. She was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of 2007's "50 Women to Watch" for their impact on business.


Sharon Hom was born in Hong Kong. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her J.D. from the New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden Scholar.[1]

Hom has over 16 years of experience in Sino-American law training and legal exchange initiatives. She was a Fulbright Scholar in China (1986–88), served on the U.S.-China Committee on Legal Education Exchange with China (CLEEC) (1990–2000), and was a faculty member and program director for the U.S. Clinical Legal Education Workshop convened at Tsinghua University School of Law (2000).[2] She was also a scholar-in-residence at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center in Italy (2000).

She has participated in numerous NGO, corporate, multilateral and bilateral consultations and workshops. She has testified on behalf of HRIC before a number of international policy makers, including the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the European Parliament, and has given numerous presentations at major conferences on human rights and China organized by non-governmental groups such as the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace[3] and World Press Freedom Committee.[4]

She sits on the advisory board of Human Rights Watch/Asia (1995–present)[5] and on the Committee on Asian Affairs (1998–present) of the Bar Association of the City of New York.[6]


Hom's research and publications focus on Chinese legal reforms, trade, technology, corporate social responsibility, and international human rights.

Testimonies and Presentations[edit]


  1. ^ Public Voice, The "The Public Voice Tunis 2005 Symposium".  November 16, 2005
  2. ^ World Association of Newspapers ""Speakers biographies," Beijing Olympics 2008: Winning Press Freedom". 
  3. ^ Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 11 October 2007 "China's Olympian Challenge: Can Beijing Deliver on its Promises?" Check |url= scheme (help). 
  4. ^ World Press Freedom Committee blog 16 April 2008 "Beijing Olympics 2008: Winning Press Freedom" Check |url= scheme (help). 
  5. ^ "About Human Rights Watch: Board Of Directors & Advisory Committee". Human Rights Watch. 
  6. ^ National Endowment for Democracy, The "Biographies, 2008 Democracy Award".