Chris is an Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and Visiting Scholar at Blavatnik School of Government (University of Oxford). He is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights (Faculty of Law, University of Oxford), and an affiliate of Red Lion Chambers in London.
Chris has served as president of the Open Society Foundations (2012-2017), Guggenheim Professor of the Practice of Criminal Justice at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (2005-2012), and director of the Vera Institute of Justice (1994-2004).
At Harvard, he served as Faculty Director of the Kennedy School’s Program in Criminal Justice, conducting international comparative research on criminal justice reform in Brazil, Chile, China, India, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK, and the United States. He has advised on the creation of several new prosecution services at national and international level, including for the Crown Prosecution Service for England and Wales, the South African National Prosecuting Authority, and the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.
Chris is a graduate of Harvard College, Cambridge University (M.Phil. Criminology), and the Yale Law School. He practiced as a criminal defense lawyer with the Public Defender Service of Washington, DC, and later co-founded the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. In 2005, Chris received an Honorary OBE for his contributions to criminal justice reform in the United Kingdom.