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Eugene Mazo, JD  
CISAC Affiliate (former)

Not in residence


Research Interests
law and democracy; law and globalization; law and development; international law; comparative constitutional law; democracy promotion


Eugene Mazo was a CISAC affiliate and also a post-doctoral scholar at CDDRL. He has also been a John M. Olin fellow in law and economics at Stanford Law School and a fellow of the Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation. Educated as a lawyer and political scientist, Mazo specializes in international law, law and democracy, and law and development. His research explores how globalization influences the proliferation of new legal regimes, and how easy or difficult these have made it for states to control the movement of people, to regulate industry, and to combat terrorism. He is also interested in how democratizing states go about creating new legal institutions and how they make decisions about what kinds of constitutions to adopt. He is currently working on a book comparing the processes by which elites in several former authoritarian states wrote new constitutions in the 1990s.

Mazo has held visiting fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, at the Institute for an Open Economy in Moscow, and at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (BCSIA) at Harvard. Prior to that, he was associated with the Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project (SDI) and with the Project on Economic Reform in Ukraine (PERU), both also at Harvard. His research has been supported by the German Academic Exchange Service, the John M. Olin Foundation, the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, the Social Science Research Council, the Eisenhower Institute, and the U.S. Department of State. Mazo has also been named a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, a Clarendon Scholar by Oxford University, a William A. Starr Innovations Fellow by Harvard University, and an Eesti-Eurasia Public Service Fellow. In 2004, he was awarded the Richard S. Goldsmith Prize for best scholarly paper in the field of conflict and dispute resolution.

Mazo served as editor-in-chief of the Stanford Journal of International Law and of the Oxford International Review and was articles editor of the Stanford Law Review. He founded the International Development Exchange at Stanford (IDEAS) in 2000, and was elected to the Public Service Advisory Board of Stanford's Haas Center for Public Service in 2003. Mazo holds a bachelor's degree in history from Columbia University. As a graduate student, he studied public policy at Harvard, comparative politics at Oxford and international law at Stanford. He holds a JD from Stanford Law School and an MPA from Harvard University and has traveled to 69 countries.

Stanford Departments
Law