Biography

Laurie Blank


Associate Clinical Professor of Law

Curriculum Vitae

Biography


As Director of the International Humanitarian Law Clinic, Laurie Blank 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-author of International Law and Armed Conflict: Fundamental Principles and Contemporary Challenges in the Law of War, a casebook on the law of war (with G. Noone, Aspen Publishing 2013).  She is also 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 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.

 

Publications

Laurie Blank


PUBLICATIONS

Books

WAR CRIMES: ACCOUNTABILITY IN ARMED CONFLICT, Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming 2014 (with G. Corn, R. VanLandingham and C. Jenks)

INTERNATIONAL LAW AND ARMED CONFLICT: FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES AND CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGES IN THE LAW OF WAR, Aspen/Walters Kluwer (with G. Noone)

LAW OF WAR TRAINING: RESOURCES FOR MILITARY AND CIVILIAN LEADERS; U.S. Institute of Peace, 2nd enlarged and revised edition, 2012 (with G. Noone)

LAW OF WAR TRAINING: RESOURCES FOR MILITARY AND CIVILIAN LEADERS; U.S. Institute of Peace, 2008 (with G. Noone)

Journal Articles

“Direct Participation: Law School Clinics and International Humanitarian Law,” 95 International Review of the Red Cross (forthcoming 2014)

“Debates and Dichotomies: Exploring the Presumptions Underlying Contentions About the Geography of Armed Conflict,” 16 Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law (forthcoming 2013)

“Rules of Engagement and Legal Frameworks for Multinational Counter-piracy Operations,” 46 Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law (forthcoming 2013)

“Investigations into Military Operations: What Impact on Transitional Justice?,” 47 Israel Law Review (forthcoming 2014)

“Belligerent Targeting and the Invalidity of a Least Harmful Means Rule,” 89 Naval War College International Law Studies 536-626 (2013) (with G. Corn, C. Jenks and E. Jensen)

“Learning to Live with (a Little) Uncertainty: The Operational Aspects and Consequences of the Geography of Conflict Debate,” 161 University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online 347-361 (2013)

“Extending Positive Identification from People to Places: Terrorism, Armed Conflict and the Identification of Military Objectives,” Utah Law Review (forthcoming 2013)

“Losing the Forest for the Trees: Syria, Law and the Pragmatics of Conflict Recognition,” 46 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 693-746 (2013) (with G. Corn)

“International Law and Cyber Threats from Non-State Actors,” 89 Naval War College International Law Studies 406-437 (2013).  Also published in 43 Israel Yearbook on Human Rights (2013)

“Presidential Foreign Policy: An Opportunity for International Law Education,” 45 Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law 1-7 (2012)

“Targeted Strikes: The Consequences of Blurring the Armed Conflict and Self-Defense Justifications,” 38 William Mitchell Law Review 1655-1700 (2012)

“After 'Top Gun': How Drone Strikes Impact the Law of War,” 33 University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law 675-718 (2012)

“Taking Distinction to the Next Level: Accountability for Fighters’ Failure to Distinguish Themselves from Civilians,” 46 Valparaiso University Law Review 765-802 (2012)

“Complex Legal Frameworks and Complex Operational Challenges: Navigating the Applicable Law Across the Continuum of Conflict,” 26 Emory International Law Review (forthcoming 2012)

“Understanding When and How Domestic Courts Apply International Humanitarian Law,” 44 Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law 1-20 (2011)

“The Consequences of a “War” Paradigm for Counterterrorism: What Impact on Basic Rights and Values?,” 46 Georgia Law Review 719-741 (2012)

“A Square Peg in a Round Hole: Stretching Law of War Detention Too Far,” 64 Rutgers Law Review 1169-1193 (2011)

“A New Twist on an Old Story: Lawfare and the Mixing of Proportionalities,” 43 Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law 707-738 (2011)

“Defining the Battlefield in Counterterrorism and Contemporary Armed Conflicts: Understanding the Parameters of the Zone of Combat,” 39 Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law 1-38 (2010)

“Characterizing United States Operations in Pakistan: Is the U.S. Engaged in an Armed Conflict?,” 34 Fordham International Law Journal 151-189 (2011) (with B. Farley)

“Finding Facts but Missing the Law: The Goldstone Report and Lawfare,” 43 Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law 279-305 (2010)

“In Counterterrorism, The Law of War is a Key Source of Law for the Courts,” 32 ABA National Security Law Report 1, 7-11 (Winter 2010); part of a dialogue with G. Corn, “The Problem With Law Avoidance,” 32 ABA National Security Law Report 1, 4-7 (Winter 2010)

“Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks: Operationalizing the Law of Armed Conflict in New Warfare,” 1 Harvard National Security Journal 45-85 (2010) (with A. Guiora)

“The Application of IHL in the Goldstone Report: A Critical Commentary,” 12 Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law 347-402 (2009)

      • Reprinted in THE GOLDSTONE REPORT “RECONSIDERED”: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS (Gerald Steinberg & Anne Herzberg, eds 2011)

“Updating the Commander’s Toolbox: New Tools for Operationalizing the Law of Armed Conflict,” PRISM: A Journal of the Center for Complex Operations Vol 1:3, 59-78 (June 2010) (with A. Guiora)

“The Laws of War in Shakespeare: International vs. Internal Armed Conflict,” 30 NYU J. of Int’l Law and Politics 251 (Fall 1997/Winter 1998)

“United Nations Sanctions: Creating a More Effective Tool for the Enforcement of International Law,” 48 Austrian Journal of Public and International Law 161-195 (1995)

 Book Chapters

“Due Process and Terrorism,” in NATIONAL SECURITY LAW: FIFTY YEARS OF TRANSFORMATION FROM THE PAST TO THE FUTURE, AN ANTHOLOGY, American Bar Association (forthcoming 2012) (with A. Guiora)

“Les Véhicules Aériens Inhabités et le Droit des Conflits Armés,” in LES DRONES AÉRIENS: PASSÉ, PRÉSENT ET FUTUR. APPROCHE GLOBALE, La Documentation française. coll. Stratégie aérospatiale (forthcoming 2012)

“The Laws of War: Regulating the Use of Force,” in THE JOURNALISTS’ GUIDE TO NATIONAL SECURITY LAW, American Bar Association (forthcoming 2012) (with G. Corn)

“Rules of Engagement: Law, Strategy and Leadership,” in ASPECTS OF LEADERSHIP: ETHICS, LAW AND SPIRITUALITY, Marine Corps University Press (forthcoming 2012)

Other Publications

“Targeted Killing’s Flexibility Doctrine that enables US to Flout the Law of War,” The Guardian, August 10, 2012 (with A. Guiora)

“Syria Must Be Held to the Law of War,” CNN.com, April 4, 2012 (with G. Corn)

“Blurring the Legal Lines on Targeted Strikes,” JURIST, February 2, 2012

“Operational Law Experts Roundtable on the Gotovina Judgment: Military Operations, Battlefield Reality and the Judgment’s Impact on Effective Implementation and Enforcement of International Humanitarian Law,” Emory International Humanitarian Law Clinic report, January 26, 2012
“Gaddafi’s Demise and the Law of War: Lessons from Literature,” JURIST, October 22, 2011

“Drone Strike Casualties and the Laws of War,” JURIST, August 22, 2011

“Torture is Always Illegal – Under Any Law – And Should Remain So,” Atlanta Journal Constitution, May 11, 2011 (with A. Guiora)

“Finding the Paradigm: Investigating Bin Laden’s Demise,” JURIST, May 8, 2011

“Why Goldstone’s ‘Retraction’ Is Not Enough,” JURIST, April 14, 2011

“Build Detainee Policy on Sound Law,” Atlanta Journal Constitution, March 18, 2011

Book Review, GURULE AND CORN’S PRINCIPLES OF COUNTERTERRORISM LAW, 24 Emory International Law Review 2011

“Introductory Note to the Supreme Court of the United States: Samantar v. Yousuf,” International Legal Materials (forthcoming 2011)

“Don’t Deny Detainees Their Day in Court,” Los Angeles Times, January 4, 2011 (with A. Guiora)

“Where is the Battlefield in the ‘War on Terror’? The Need for a Workable Framework,” JURIST, December 1, 2010

“Judicial Abdication in Times of War: Lessons Not Yet Learned,” JURIST, Sept. 13, 2010 (with A. Guiora)

“Court, administration ignored perils to repatriated detainees,” Atlanta Journal Constitution, July 28, 2010 (with A. Guiora)

“Sovereignty, Atrocities and Accountability,” JURIST, March 17, 2010

“New Wars, New Rules? Not So Fast,” JURIST, January 12, 2010

“U.S. Lacks a Defined Mission in Afghanistan,” Salt Lake Tribune, December 18, 2009 (with A. Guiora)

“Goldstone and (Dis)Proportionality: Three Strikes,” JURIST, November 4, 2009 (with G. Gordon)

“The Role of International Financial Institutions in International Humanitarian Law: A Report from the International Humanitarian Law Working Group”; U.S. Institute of Peace Peaceworks No. 42, January 2002

Book Review, CIVILIANS IN WAR, 48 Naval Law Rev. 200 (2001)

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