Sharon Hom

Sharon Hom

Sharon Kang Hom (b. May 20, 1951) is currently 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] . [Public Voice, The cite web |title = The Public Voice Tunis 2005 Symposium | url = November 16, 2005]

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). [World Association of Newspapers cite web |title = "Speakers biographies," Beijing Olympics 2008: Winning Press Freedom | url = ] 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 [Carnegie Endowment for International Peace cite web |title = China's Olympian Challenge: Can Beijing Deliver on its Promises? | url = 11 October 2007 ] and World Press Freedom Committee. [World Press Freedom Committee blog cite web |title = Beijing Olympics 2008: Winning Press Freedom | url = 16 April 2008 ]

She currently sits on the advisory board of Human Rights Watch/Asia (1995-present) [Human Rights Watch cite web |title = About Human Rights Watch: Borad Of Directors & Advisory Committee | url = ] and on the Committee on Asian Affairs (1998-present) of the Bar Association of the City of New York. [National Endowment for Democracy, The cite web |title = Biographies, 2008 Democracy Award | url = ]


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

* [*listing*title "Contracting Law" (1996, 2000)]
* [ "English-Chinese Lexicon of Women and Law" ("Yinghan funu yu falu cihuishiyi") (UNESCO, 1995)]
* [ "Chinese Women Traversing Diaspora: Memoirs, Essays, and Poetry" (1999)]
* [ "Challenging China: Struggle and Home in an Era of Change" (2007)]
* [ “The Promise of a People's Olympics,” "China's Great Le

Testimonies and Presentations

* U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China: [ "15 Years after Tiananmen: Is Democracy in China's Future?"] , June 2004
* U.S. House of Representatives Committee on International Relations: [ "The Internet in China: A Tool for Freedom or Suppression?"] , February 2006
* U.S. House of Representatives Committee on International Relations: [ "Monitoring Respect for Human Rights around the World: A Review of the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2005"] , March 2006
* U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom: [ "The Many Faces of China's Repression: Human Rights, Religious Freedom, and U.S. Diplomacy in China"] , January 2007
* World Press Freedom Committee, [ "After the 2008 Olympics in China, What Next for Press Freedom?"] , from "Challenges and Opportunities of New Media for Press Freedom", February 2007
* European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights: [ "Hearing on Human Rights in China in the Run-up to the Olympics"] , November 2007
* U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China: [ "The Impact of the 2008 Olympic Games on Human Rights and the Rule of Law in China"] , February 2008

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