It's our great pleasure to welcome Hallie Ludsin (right) as an IntLawGrrls contributor.
Research Director at the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre in New Delhi, India, Hallie is writing a book using India’s experience with preventive detention to illustrate the very real slippery slope that can occur when democracies resort to this “extraordinary” measure to deal with ordinary criminal matters.
She previously worked as a consultant with with the Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling in the West Bank. In her introductory post below, Hallie outlines a recent Women's Centre report that she wrote, entitled Women and the Draft Constitution of Palestine.
Other organizations for which Hallie's consulted are the Centre for Policy Alternatives in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in Johannesburg, South Africa. Hallie also served as a senior researcher with the Gender Research Project of the Centre for Applied Legal Studies in Johannesburg, South Africa, and practiced as a litigation associate at Jones Day in New York.
Hallie earned a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, and a J.D. magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, where she was inducted into the Order of the Coif and was a member of the Law Review. She's also earned an LL.M. from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.
Hallie has taught law school courses on comparative law, on South African customary law, and on the application of international law to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Her article “Relational Rights Masquerading as Individual Rights,” published by the Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy, was named as one of the top ten Global Justice Law Reviews of 2008 by the University of Utah’s Global Justice Think Tank.