Director, International Humanitarian Law Clinic
Laurie R. Blank is director of the International Humanitarian Law Clinic at Emory University School of Law, where she teaches international humanitarian law and works directly with students to provide assistance to international tribunals, non-governmental organizations and law firms around the world on cutting edge issues in humanitarian law and human rights. Professor Blank is the co-director of a multi-year project on military training programs in the law of war and the co-author of Law of War Training: Resources for Military and Civilian Leaders (USIP 2008, with G. Noone, second edition 2012). She is the co-author of an upcoming casebook on the law of war, International Law and Armed Conflict: Fundamental Principles and Contemporary Challenges in the Law of War (with G. Noone, Aspen Publishing 2013). In addition, she is the series editor of the ICRC’s teaching supplements on IHL, a member of the American Bar Association’s Advisory Committee to the Standing Committee on Law and National Security and a member of the Public Interest Law and Policy Group’s High Level Working Group on Piracy. Before coming to Emory, Professor Blank was a program officer in the Rule of Law Program at the United States Institute of Peace. At USIP, she directed the Experts’ Working Group on International Humanitarian Law, in particular a multi-year project focusing on New Actors in the Implementation and Enforcement of International Humanitarian Law.
She is the author of numerous articles and opinion pieces on topics in international humanitarian law, including, most recently, "Targeted Strikes: The Consequences of Blurring the Armed Conflict and Self-Defense Justifications," (William Mitchell Law Review); "After 'Top Gun': How Drone Strikes Impact the Law of War," (University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law); "The Consequences of a 'War' Paradigm for Counterterrorism: What Impact on Basic Rights and Values," (Georgia Law Review); "A Square Peg in a Round Hole: Stretching Law of War Detention Too Far," (Rutgers Law Review); "Defining the Battlefield in Contemporary Conflict and Counterterrorism: Understanding the Parameters of the Zone of Combat," (Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law); and "The Application of IHL in the Goldstone Report: A Critical Commentary," (Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law).
Education: Blank received her JD from New York University School of Law, where she was the Henry L. Boudin Fellow for Human Rights from 1996-1998, and her MA in international relations from The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in political science.
- Professor Blank in Huffington Post: Defining Battlefield in the Age of Drones
- Blank in Jurist: Hamas Use Of Civilians As Shields Is a War Crime
- Professor Blank in The Guardian: Are U.S. Drones Killing the Right People?
- Blank’s CNN op-ed: Invoke Law of War in Syria To Protect Civilians, Quell Violence
- Armed Conflict or Self-defense, But Not Both, May Justify Targeted Strikes, Blank Says
- How the Web Influences War: U.S. Cyber Command Expert Leads Feb. 1 Conference
- Distinguishing Civilians on Both Sides Crucial in Age of Terrorism, Blank says
- Former Judge Advocate Generals Discuss Gotovina Verdict
- Gaddafi's desecration following death equals war crime, Blank says
- Emory Law’s Blank a Visiting Fellow at University of North Dakota
- Blank Says Zero Civilian Casualties Claim Deserves Another Look
- Pro & Con: Should President Reinstate ‘Enhanced Interrogation’ Tools?
- Build Detainee Policy on Sound Law
- VIDEO: Blank Participates in Law of War Detention Panel
- Blank Writes Op-Ed on Indefinite Detention of Post-Sept. 11 Detainees
- Where is the Battlefield in the "War on Terror"? The Need for a Workable Framework
- Blank to Speak at Proportionality in Armed Conflict Conference in Jerusalem
- Live Seminar: Extending the Front Line? The Use of Force and International Law
- VIDEO: Lawfare and the Israeli-Palestine Predicament (Panel 4)
- Panel Dissects Lawfare and Goldstone Report
- Judicial Abdication in Times of War: Lessons Not Yet Learned
- Blank to Serve on Congressional Briefing Panel
- Blank Writes AJC Op-Ed on Repatriated Detainees
- Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks: Operationalizing the Law of Armed Conflict in New Warfare
- Sovereignty, Atrocities and Accountability