It's IntLawGrrls' great pleasure to welcome Laurie Blank (left) as today's guest blogger.
Laurie's a principal founder and the Director of the International Humanitarian Law Clinic at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia, established in 2007. She supervises law students in their work assisting organizations, law firms, and tribunals. Among Laurie's publications is Law of War Training: A Resource for Military and Civilian Leaders (2009) (below right), coauthored with Gregory P. Noone.
In her guest post below, Laurie discusses her article analyzing the concept of "zone of combat."
As a program officer in the Rule of Law Program at the Washington-based U.S. Institute of Peace before arriving at Emory, Laurie ran an expert working group on New Actors in the Implementation and Enforcement of International Humanitarian Law. She's also practiced as a litigation associate in the New York and Paris offices of Shearman & Sterling.
Laurie earned a law degree from New York University School of Law, where she was the 1996-98 Henry L. Boudin Fellow for Human Rights, a master's degree in international relations from The Paul H. Nitze Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a bachelor's degree in political science from Princeton University.