Rosa Brooks

Rosa Brooks is a professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where she teaches courses on international law, constitutional law, failed states, atrocity law, and other subjects. She also serves as a Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and a columnist for Foreign Policy. Brooks returned to Georgetown July 2011 from a two year public service leave of absence, during which she served as Counselor to Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy. During her time at the Defense Department, Brooks also founded the Office for Rule of Law and International Humanitarian Policy, and also led a major overhaul of the Defense Department's strategic communication and information operations efforts. In July 2011, she received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. She also serves as Director of Georgetown Law's Human Rights Institute. From 2005 to March 2009, she was a columnist for the Los Angeles Times. In 2006-2007, Brooks took a leave of absence from Georgetown to serve as Special Counsel to the President at the Open Society Institute in New York. From 2001-2006, she was an associate professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, where she taught courses in international human rights law, criminal law, and constitutional law. Brooks has also served as a senior advisor at the US Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, a consultant for the Open Society Institute and Human Rights Watch, a fellow at the Carr Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, a board member of Amnesty International USA, a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a lecturer at Yale Law School, and a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law. In 2004, she was the co-director of the task force on Democracy, Development and Human Rights Policy for the Kerry-Edwards campaign, and she currently serves on the board of the National Security Network. She also serves on the steering committee of the White Oak Foreign Policy Leaders' Project, the steering committee of the Connect US Fund's Project on Foreign Policy Priorities for the Next President, and on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Fragile States. Brooks' articles and op-eds have been widely anthologized and reprinted in newspapers around the world. In addition to her popular writing, Brooks has written numerous scholarly articles on international law, failed states, post-conflict reconstruction and the rule of law, human rights, terrorism and the law of war. Her book, “Can Might Make Rights? The Rule of Law After Military Interventions” (with Jane Stromseth and David Wippman) was published in 2006 by Cambridge University Press. Brooks has been a frequent panelist on MSNBC and blogger for Slate Magazine's XX Factor. Brooks received her A.B. from Harvard in 1991 (history and literature), followed by a master’s degree from Oxford in 1993 (social anthropology) and a law degree from Yale in 1996. Wrote 'Three Ways to Get Rid of President Trump' on January 30, 2017. Open Society Police Reform

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