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Maha Jweied

Maha Jweied

CEO, Responsible Business Initiative for Justice

Maha Jweied is the CEO of the Responsible Business Initiative for Justice and an international expert on access to justice.

Previously, Ms. Jweied led the US Department of Justice’s Office for Access to Justice,  the primary office in the US executive branch focused on supporting indigent defense and civil legal aid for low-income and underserved communities. In that role, she also served as the executive director of the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable and helped lead an OGP access to justice commitment for the United States. While with the Department, Ms. Jweied represented the U.S. Government as its criminal and civil legal aid expert in bilateral settings and multilateral meetings and negotiations at the United Nations, the Organization of American States, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Open Government Partnership, and the International Legal Aid Group.  She also served as the U.S. Government’s Subject-Matter Expert for UN Sustainable Development Goal 16 indicator identification and development.

Between 2019-2021, Ms. Jweied supported OGP in its thematic engagement around justice through her role as an Advisor to the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies and contributed to several OGP reports, including the Justice Policy Series and a fact sheet on access to justice offices leading on justice in OGP.

Maha has been a member of OGP’s International Experts Panel since 2022.

Authored Content


A Clear Commitment to Justice

Justice has become one of the most popular policy areas across the Partnership and the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) has found many of these commitments to be highly impactful.

Kituo Cha Sheria Legal Advice Centre

Community Justice: Putting People First

From community-based justice centers to alternative justice systems rooted in culture and tradition, learn why community justice models are great open government approaches justice reform.

Open Government Partnership