Katherine Southwick (@katsouthwick) is an international lawyer and consultant, specializing in rule of law, human rights, statelessness, and atrocity prevention. She is currently working with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on a project on the role of criminal justice systems in atrocity prevention. Katherine previously worked for the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) in Washington DC and the Philippines, and also conducted research and advocacy on statelessness for Refugees International. After law school, she practiced international arbitration at a large firm and clerked for the late Hon. Charles P. Sifton in the Eastern District of New York. As a law student, she served in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser. She has also worked for human rights organizations in India and Uganda.
Katherine’s commentary on the Rohingya crisis and other international human rights issues has appeared in media and scholarly outlets, and she has shared legal expertise with Rohingya and other Burmese rights organizations. Katherine holds a B.A. and a J.D. from Yale University as well as a PhD from the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law.