Sarah Knuckey

Sarah Knuckey

Founding Editor

Sarah Knuckey (@SarahKnuckey) is an international human rights lawyer and associate clinical professor of law at Columbia Law School, where she directs the Human Rights Clinic and co-directs the Human Rights Institute. She was a Special Advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions from 2007 to 2016. She has carried out fact-finding missions and reported on human rights and humanitarian law violations around the world, including in Afghanistan, Brazil, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, and the United States.  Her investigations and legal and policy work address unlawful killings, armed conflict, sexual violence, corporate abuses, and assembly/expression rights.  She has been an Adjunct Professor at NYU School of Law, and previously directed the Project on Extrajudicial Executions, and the Initiative on Human Rights Fact Finding, at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (NYU).

Areas of Expertise: International Human Rights, Extrajudicial Executions, Humanitarian Law, Armed Conflict, Sexual Violence, Drones

Selected Media Appearances
Drones: warfare in the 21st century – Radio National (Rear Vision)


U.S. drone strikes may constitute war crimes – Salon
8-Year-Old Girl on Drones: ‘When They Fly Overhead I Wonder, Will I Be Next?’ – The Atlantic
‘Terminator’ on hold? Debate to stop killer robots takes global stage – NBC News
Why Drones Are Just a Sideshow – Esquire
Obama praised for releasing kill list memo but rights groups call for more – The Guardian
U.N. Panel to Investigate Rise in Drone Strikes – New York Times