Leigha Crout

Leigha Crout


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Laws

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Biographical details

Leigha Crout is a doctoral researcher at King's College London. She also serves as the inaugural Rule of Law Fellow at the Neukom Center for the Rule of Law at Stanford Law School and as a Research Associate with Oxford University's China, Law and Development Project. Her primary scholarship focuses on constitutional law and theory, international law, human rights and legal reform, with a focus on the People's Republic of China. Previously, she worked as a Senior C.V. Starr Lecturer at Peking University, where she taught transnational legal practice and a seminar on comparative law. Her works have been published in various law journals as well as the popular press, and she has been invited to share her work at Harvard Law School, the Overseas Chinese Women Protection Project, and as a Berger Panelist at Cornell Law School's Berger International Legal Studies Program, among other engagements. Leigha received her Masters in International Development from Cornell University and her J.D. and LL.M. with high honors (magna cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame.

Research interests

  • Constitutional law and theory
  • International law
  • Human rights
  • Law and development
  • The People's Republic of China

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

International Development, Master of Arts, Cornell University

Award Date: 7 May 2018

Civil & International Human Rights Law, Master of Laws, The University of Notre Dame Law School

Award Date: 1 May 2017

Juris Doctor (J.D.), The University of Notre Dame Law School

Award Date: 5 May 2016

History, Bachelor of Arts, The University of Charleston

Award Date: 1 May 2013

Public Policy, Bachelor of Science, The University of Charleston

Award Date: 1 May 2013

External positions

Rule of Law Fellow, Stanford Law School

Sept 2023May 2025

William H. Hastie Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School

Aug 2022Aug 2024

Research Associate, University of Oxford

Nov 2020 → …

Senior C.V. Starr Lecturer, Peking University School of Transnational Law

Jul 2019Jul 2021

Staff Attorney, Kentucky Legal Aid of the Bluegrass

Aug 2018Jul 2019

Associate Attorney, Cornell Law School Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic

Aug 2017Jun 2018


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