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Kristine Huskey, JD

Position: Advisor on Torture
Kristine Huskey

Kristine Huskey has more than 10 years of experience in torture, human rights, and national security. In 1999, she litigated and won a political asylum claim on behalf of a Tibetan man who had been persecuted by China and, in 2004, Huskey was one of the first attorneys to represent Guantánamo detainees in the seminal case, Rasul v. Bush. She is the author of Justice at Guantánamo: One Woman’s Odyssey and Her Crusade for Human Rights, a memoir chronicling her experiences representing detainees at a time when few were willing to challenge the executive’s national security policy and practice.

Huskey has also been an attorney and a consultant in matters of national security and international human rights and humanitarian law. She previously directed PHR’s anti torture program. In addition, she represented several Guantánamo detainees pro bono and served as a law professor and the Director of the National Security Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law, where she supervised students on casework including Guantánamo, military commissions, torture, and illegal rendition.

She has also taught and worked with students on similar human rights and national security issues at George Washington Law School, Howard University Law School, Washington College of Law at American University, and Victoria University Law School in Wellington, New Zealand and, currently, is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center.

Huskey brings extensive advocacy experience in the field of national security and human rights. She has worked with domestic and international officials, such as UN special rapporteurs and working groups, regarding torture and detention in armed conflict.

She is also widely published, including as a contributing author to One of the Guys: Women as Aggressors and Torturers, and, in 2006, was featured as a "Woman to Watch" in Marie Claire magazine. She is a contributing author to the book Multilevel Regulation of Military and Security Contractors: The Interplay Between International, European and Domestic Norms.

Huskey received her JD from The University of Texas School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Columbia University.

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