Kenneth Hurwitz is senior managing legal officer on anticorruption with the Open Society Justice Initiative, based in New York. Hurwitz’s work targets high-level corruption, particularly corruption fueled by trade in natural resources, using the law to challenge those who pay or receive bribes in exchange for illegal access to resource wealth, and those who assist by hiding the proceeds of corrupt dealing. Hurwitz’s anticorruption work also addresses the commercial trading in resources that fuels conflict around the world, including developing and supporting litigation to revive the prosecution of businesses for the war crime of pillage, for the first time since the aftermath of the Second World War.
Hurwitz was previously a senior associate at Human Rights First (formerly, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights), where he helped ensure legal accountability for serious human rights violations in international and national fora, including efforts to curtail abusive practices in the detention and treatment of alleged terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, and in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the United States. Hurwitz began his career as a corporate and commercial attorney at the New York law firm Proskauer Rose LLP, and later served as associate general counsel for a New York–based international banking and shipping group.