J.D.  2003, Harvard Law School
A.B. 1998, Princeton University

Kara Abramson, a specialist in international human rights law and the Chinese legal system, is a visiting fellow at Tokyo University's Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia. From 2005-2012 she served as Senior Counsel and Advocacy Director at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, a U.S. government organization mandated to monitor human rights and the rule of law in China. Abramson's work at the Commission focused on ethnic minority rights, religious freedom, and conditions in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Abramson received an A.B. from Princeton University, where she studied early Japanese history, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Abramson spent the 2003-2004 academic year researching Chinese legal education and teaching U.S. civil procedure as a Fulbright fellow to the Sichuan University Law School. Her languages include Japanese, Mandarin, Uyghur, and French.