Rebecca Hamilton (@bechamilton) is an Assistant Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law (WCL). Her research and teaching focus on national security law, international law, and criminal law. Her scholarship draws on her experience prosecuting genocide and war crimes, as well as her work in conflict zones as a foreign correspondent. She is the author ofFighting for Darfur: Public Action and the Struggle to Stop Genocide (Palgrave Macmillan) which analyzes citizen activism and the effort to stop mass atrocities.
Hamilton previously served as a lawyer in the prosecutorial division of the International Criminal Court and has worked in the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Before joining WCL, Hamilton was an Associate-in-Law at Columbia Law School.
Prior to entering academia Hamilton worked as a journalist for theWashington Post and Reuters. A Pulitzer Center grantee, and former fellow at New America and at Open Society Foundations, she has also written for outlets including Foreign Affairs,The New Yorker, Foreign Policy,The Atlantic, andThe New Republic. She has appeared on PBS Newshour, NPR, BBC, and Al-Jazeera.