Loyola University Chicago

Rule of Law for Development Institute

School of Law

Faculty and Staff

Karen Ann Widess

Title/s: Adjunct Professor, Rule of Law for Development Institute

Office #: John Felice Rome Center



Karen Ann Widess served as Head of Program Development and Compliance for the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) from 2006 through 2010, where she coordinated the activities of the internal committee for the selection of projects and oversaw the staff of the Program Development and Compliance Unit in developing program and projects involving numerous counties and rule of law development issues and diverse donor agencies and organizations.

Ms. Widess holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California Law School (1985), a Diploma in International Law from the London School of Economics (1984) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. Ms. Widess has wide experience in various common law, civil law and "post-Soviet" legal systems, as well as substantial experience in project design, management, monitoring and evaluation. She has worked for over 20 years in the practical aspects of democracy assistance, human rights, rule of law, free market reform, institutional strengthening and NGO strengthening.