Alyssa Yamamoto

Guest Author

Alyssa T. Yamamoto is the Senior Legal and Policy Advisor at the Strategic Litigation Project at the Atlantic Council, which focuses on prevention and accountability efforts for human rights violations and atrocity crimes. Alyssa previously served as Legal Advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism, working on human rights and gender mainstreaming in counterterrorism and national security. She also worked at an international law firm, where she specialized in public international law and international arbitration. Her representations involved litigation before the International Court of Justice and U.S. courts, including under the U.S. Alien Tort Statute, Torture Victim Protection Act, and International Organizations Immunities Act, and communications before the UN human rights treaty bodies and special procedures.

Alyssa received a J.D. from Yale Law School and A.B. from Harvard College. She was a visiting fellow at the Human Rights Center at University of Minnesota Law School; the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies; and the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. She is also on LinkedIn.

Articles by this author:

More States Open to Considering Gender Apartheid for Draft Crimes Against Humanity Treaty

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May 24th, 2024

Applying Ukraine Precedent, DOJ Should Use Funds Forfeited from Lawbreakers in Syria to Assist Victims

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Mar 6th, 2024

Why the Crimes Against Humanity Treaty Should Codify Gender Apartheid

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Oct 5th, 2023

Combating Anti-Asian Violence through UN Human Rights Mechanisms


Feb 18th, 2022

Looks Are Deceiving: The Rebranding and Perpetuation of Counterterrorism Watchlisting in Multilateral Spaces

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Jan 28th, 2022

From Syria Torture Trial to Liberian Massacre Case – A Plea for Bolstering Witness Protections in Human Rights Litigation


Jan 13th, 2022

The Netherlands’ Action Against Syria: A New Path to Justice

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Sep 22nd, 2020

Common Article 1 and the U.S. Duty to Ensure Respect for the Geneva Conventions in Yemen

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Apr 26th, 2018

State Responsibility for U.S. Support of the Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen

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Apr 25th, 2018

The Extent and Validity of Yemen’s Consent to the US’s Use of Force

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Apr 18th, 2018

Is the United States a Party to the Conflict Between the Saudi-Led Coalition and the Houthis?

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Apr 12th, 2018

The High Hurdle for Aiding and Abetting Unlawful Attacks in Yemen

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Apr 11th, 2018

U.S. Federal Statute on Aiding and Abetting: War Crimes in Yemen – Part II

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Apr 3rd, 2018

The US, the War in Yemen, and the War Crimes Act – Part I

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Apr 2nd, 2018

The Legality of U.S. Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia for Use in Yemen

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Mar 7th, 2018

The Yemen Crisis and the Law: The Saudi-Led Campaign and U.S. Involvement

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Feb 20th, 2018