Jonathan Horowitz

Jonathan Horowitz (@J_T_Horowitz) is a Legal Adviser at the ICRC Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada (as of Oct 2019). Previously, he was a senior legal officer for the Open Society Justice Initiative. Prior to joining the Justice Initiative, Horowitz worked at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul where he advised the embassy on its detention policies. He was also an Open Society Foundations grantee who documented detainee and night-raid abuses in Afghanistan. As the research director at One World Research from 2007-2010, he managed a team of investigators who documented human rights abuses in Pakistan, provided factual research for asylum lawyers, and was an investigator for habeas lawyers representing Afghan nationals detained at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay. Horowitz has also worked as a Sudan/Chad analyst at the International Criminal Court and as a consultant for Human Rights Watch. From 2005 to 2007, he was a U.N. human rights officer in Sudan. Horowitz obtained an LLM from the University of Essex in 2004 and has published on the application of human rights in times of armed conflict; international law pertaining to transfers of conflict-related detainees; human rights fact-finding methodologies; and the “Responsibility to Protect” in Darfur. He has authored and co-authored several reports that document human rights abuses in the context of armed conflict and counterterrorism. He is also on LinkedIn.

Articles by this author:

Digital Tech Companies in War: What is the Law? What are the Risks?


Oct 13th, 2023

Adding AI to Autonomous Weapons Increases Risks to Civilians in Armed Conflict

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Mar 26th, 2021

Niger Facing Pressure to Ensure U.S. and French Drone Strikes Comply with Human Rights Law

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Sep 6th, 2018

The Challenge of Foreign Assistance for Anti-ISIS Detention Operations


Jul 23rd, 2018

Gina Haspel Threatens Intelligence Cooperation: Yet Another Reason for Senators to Vote Her Down As CIA Director

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Apr 18th, 2018

Kurdish-Held Detainees in Syria Are Not in a “Legal Gray Area”


Apr 13th, 2018

The Internationalists Mini-Forum: The Next World Order – Non-State Armed Groups and International Law


Jan 31st, 2018

Words Matter in War


Jan 12th, 2018

Legal Questions About the Airstrike Against the ISIS “Happy Journeys” Convoy


Sep 2nd, 2017

Pentagon Admits Major Investigation Flaw: They Rarely Talk to Air Strike Witnesses or Victims

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Jun 29th, 2017

Fatally Flawed Anti-Torture Assurances


Jun 13th, 2017

How to Unmask Trump’s Detention Plans: Ask about the Yemen Raid


Feb 8th, 2017

Letter to the Editor: Response to Human Rights in Armed Conflict, Part I


Nov 23rd, 2016

Laws of War: Humanitarian Stallion or Trojan Horse?


Nov 3rd, 2016

Untangling the Web of Actors in Syria and Additional Complexities of Classifying Armed Conflicts


Oct 25th, 2016

The PPG Visualized, What the US Kill and Capture Bureaucracy Looks Like

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Aug 15th, 2016

The US’ Failure to Plan for ISIL Detention Operations is a Flawed Approach


May 19th, 2016

A Primer on the “Cessation of Hostilities” in Syria and International Law


Mar 3rd, 2016

Is the US Allowed to Control a Syrian Airfield?


Jan 27th, 2016

Why the US Should Cooperate With Investigations Into the Hospital Bombing


Dec 23rd, 2015

A Legal Map of Airstrikes in Syria (Part 2)


Dec 8th, 2015

A Legal Map of Airstrikes in Syria (Part 1)


Dec 7th, 2015

Kunduz Update


Oct 26th, 2015

Was the Kunduz Strike a War Crime?


Oct 5th, 2015