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Laura Dickinson

Laura Dickinson

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Laura A. Dickinson joined GW Law in 2011 as the Oswald Symister Colclough Research
Professor of Law. Her work focuses on national security, human rights, foreign affairs
privatization, and qualitative empirical approaches to international law. Professor
Dickinson’s book, Outsourcing War and Peace, published by Yale University Press in
2011, examines the increasing privatization of military, security, and foreign aid
functions of government, considers the impact of this trend on core public values, and
outlines mechanisms for protecting these values in an era of privatization.

In addition to her scholarly activities, Professor Dickinson has a distinguished record of
government service. She served as Special Counsel to the General Counsel of the
Department of Defense and was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional
Public Service for her work there. She has also served as a senior policy adviser to
Harold Hongju Koh, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and
Labor at the U.S. Department of State, and is a former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court
Justices Harry A. Blackmun and Stephen G. Breyer, and to Judge Dorothy Nelson of the
9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Prior to her position at GW, Professor Dickinson was, from 2008-11, the Foundation
Professor of Law and the faculty director of the Center for Law and Global Affairs at the
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University (ASU). She has also
been on the faculty of the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she taught
from 2001 to 2008, and she was a Visiting Research Scholar and Visiting Professor in the
Law and Public Affairs Program at Princeton University in 2006-2007.
Professor Dickinson is currently a Future of War Fellow with the New America
Foundation's International Security Program and Co-chair of the International Law and
Technology Section of the American Society of international Law. She has previously
served as a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International
Law, and co-organizer of a Collaborative Research Network on Empirical Approaches to
International Human Rights Law, convened under the auspices of the Law & Society

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