Javier El-Hage

Javier El-Hage is the Chief Legal & Policy Officer at the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), where he co-leads the organization’s impact litigation and research programs.  

El-Hage is a Bolivian-born New York attorney with experience in comparative constitutional law, international democracy law, and international human rights law, with a focus on countries ruled by authoritarian regimes. 

Currently an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School, El-Hage teaches a Fundamental Lawyering Skills seminar. He was a professor of Constitutional Law for two years at the Universidad Privada de Santa Cruz-Bolivia and has held visiting faculty positions in other Latin American universities such as Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar and Universidad Francisco Marroquín. He holds a J.D. degree from Fordham Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He also holds master’s degrees in international law from Columbia Law School, and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.  

Among his publications on constitutional and international law, in 2010, El-Hage authored HRF’s report “The Facts and the Law behind the Democratic Crisis of Honduras 2009-2010,” which was extensively quoted by the Honduran Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2011. In 2021, El-Hage published the article “Fixing ESG: Are Mandatory ESG Disclosures the Solution to Misleading Ratings?” in the Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law.