Abby Zeith (@ZeithAbby) is a former legal research assistant at Just Security, an Australian Lawyer, and Signals officer in the Australian Army Reserve.
She currently works for the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC) as its regular delegate to General Assembly meetings and coordinates the Commission’s activities in New York.
Abby recently served as Assistant to a Special Rapporteur of the United Nations International Law Commission where she worked on issues related to the protection of the environment in armed conflict. She has also conducted research on intelligence agency oversight for New York University’s Center on Law and Security.
In Australia, Abby spent time working in dispute resolution for a leading international law firm and for the state department in the constitutional litigation branch. She was also a Troop Commander in a combat signals regiment within the Australian Army Reserve. Abby has served as Clerk to the Honourable Justice Byrne AO RFD of the Supreme Court of Queensland and Deputy President of the Australian Defence Force Discipline Appeals Tribunal. She has also worked for Prisoners’ Legal Service Inc. and as a casino croupier (where she developed a love of poker).
Abby studied an LL.M (International Legal Studies) at New York University in 2013/2014 where she was also an International Law and Human Rights fellow and Junior Research Scholar at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ). She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honors) and a Bachelor of Journalism from the Queensland University of Technology and is a graduate of the Australian Army Reserve General Service Officer (First Appointment Course).
Her research interests include international humanitarian law, national security, the law of peace operations, and international criminal law and accountability.