Heather Brandon-Smith

Heather Brandon-Smith

As Advocacy Counsel for National Security at Human Rights First, Heather Brandon-Smith (@HBrandonSmith) develops recommendations and advocates for U.S. national security policies that accord with human rights and the rule of law. She specializes in the domestic and international legal frameworks governing the use of force and has worked to reform key post-9/11 counterterrorism policies, including indefinite detention and military commissions at Guantanamo and U.S. war authorities, including the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

Heather holds an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law School, where she graduated with distinction and was co-chair of Georgetown Law’s Human Rights Action – Amnesty International LL.M. committee. Prior to joining Human Rights First, Heather taught at the University of New South Wales Law School and Macquarie University Law School (both in Sydney) and worked at the law firm Ashurst in Sydney.  Heather has a B.A. in Politics and International Relations/LL.B. and an LL.M. from the University of New South Wales.