Sunday, January 10, 2010

Guest Blogger: Laura M. Olson

It's IntLawGrrls' great pleasure to welcome Laura M. Olson (left) as today's guest blogger.
Laura is Senior Counsel at The Constitution Project and President of Blackletter Consulting, LLC. From 1997-2008, she worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross. She held the position of Legal Advisor to the ICRC Regional Delegation in Washington, D.C., from 2005-2007. In that capacity, she was responsible for legal support to ICRC activities in the United States and Canada, including ICRC visits to the U.S. detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Before that, she'd held the positions of Legal Advisor at the ICRC headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, as well as the Delegate responsible for the program to academic circles and universities at the ICRC Moscow Regional Delegation.
During the spring and summer semesters of 2008, Laura was a Visiting Scholar at Notre Dame Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights, as well as an American Society of International Law Fellow. She was Project Director for ASIL’s Task Force on U.S. Policy Toward the International Criminal Court from summer 2008 to spring 2009.
Laura holds an LL.M. from New York University School of Law and a J.D. and an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Iowa. Her writing covers matters of international humanitarian law, transitional justice, international criminal law, as well as the relationship between international humanitarian and human rights law during armed conflict.
In her guest post below, Laura discusses her own recent scholarship in the course of offering a critique of a new federal ruling on the habeas petition of a Guantánamo detainee.

Heartfelt welcome!

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