Colette Rausch

Associate Vice President, Global Practice and Innovation

Colette Rausch is an associate vice president global practice and innovation. Her focus is on criminal justice and police reform initiatives that have included missions and projects in Afghanistan, Guatemala, Kosovo, Liberia, Nicaragua, Peru, Nepal, Burma, Libya, Iraq, and Yemen. Before joining the Institute, she worked at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Mission in Kosovo, serving first as head of the rule of law division and then as director of the department of human rights and rule of law.

Previously, Rausch was with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), serving as the DOJ’s resident legal adviser in Hungary and later in Bosnia. In Hungary, she worked on the development of a crime task force. She also served as the DOJ program manager for Central and East Europe, establishing criminal justice development and training projects in Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo and Macedonia.

In addition to her international assignments, Rausch was a federal prosecutor with the DOJ in Las Vegas, Nevada, working in both the white collar and violent crime units. Before joining DOJ, she was with the state of Nevada’s Attorney General’s Office, where she was director of the telemarketing and consumer fraud unit. She also served as an assistant federal public defender in Nevada.

A recipient of numerous DOJ performance and special achievement awards, Rausch received a bachelor's degree from the University of Nevada, Reno and a juris doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law.

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October 28, 2013

It was Oct. 1, and we were midway through an 11-day visit to Libya. Our intent was to nurture the development of rule of law by guiding civic and business leaders, government officials, militia fighters, police, judges, young people and even artists through Justice and Security Dialogues. The process empowers communities to create a forum where they can bridge differences and make progress establishing security and justice among all those involved.

September 20, 2013
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April 21, 2011
This brief was written by the director of USIP’s Rule of Law Center of Innovation and three of the center’s senior advisers: Colette Rausch, Jason Gluck, Vivienne O’Connor and Scott Worden. The authors’ analysis is informed by their knowledge of the Middle East and North Africa and their firsthand experiences in promoting the rule of law in transitional states such as Afghanistan, Cambodia, Haiti, Iraq, Kosovo and Nepal.
January 22, 2010
USIP assesses the damage done by the devastating earthquake, and recommends strategies for Haiti’s recovery and reconstruction.
December 1, 2006
This path-breaking volume presents broad guidelines and specific prescriptions for combating serious crime in societies emerging from conflict. Available here in Nepali.
September 1, 2009
This path-breaking volume presents broad guidelines and specific prescriptions for combating serious crime in societies emerging from conflict.

External Publications

  • "Fostering the Rule of Law in Conflict & Post-Conflict Settings: Keeping it Real," in Promoting the Rule of Law: A Practitioner's Guide to Key Issues & Developments, ed. Lelia Mooney (ABA Press, 2013)
  • "Promoting the Rule of Law Abroad: A Conversation on Its Evolution, Setbacks, and Future Challenges," in The International Lawyer, co-author, Vol. 44, no. 2 (Summer 2010).
  • "Model Codes: Laying the Foundations of the Rule of Law," Civil War and the Rule of Law: Security, Development and Human Rights, co-authored with Vivienne O'Connor, Agnès Hurwitz, with Reyko Huang, eds. (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2008)
  • "Foreign Assistance, Human Rights and Post-Conflict Societies," Australian Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 11, no. 2 (2006).
  • "A Toolbox to Tackle Law Reform Challenges in Postconflict Countries: The Model Codes for Postconflict Criminal Justice," co-arthor, in International Peacekeeping: The Yearbook of International Peace Operations, Volume 10 (2006).
  • "The Assumption of Authority in Kosovo and East Timor: Legal and Practical Implications,"  in Executive Policing: Enforcing the Law in Peace Operations, ed. Renata Dawn (Oxford University Press, 2002).