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Professor Laurie R. Blank

2017 JURIST Contributing Editor: Law of Armed Conflict

As Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of the International Humanitarian Law Clinic, Laurie Blank teaches international humanitarian law and works directly with students to provide assistance to international tribunals, militaries, 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. 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. In addition, she is the series editor of the ICRC's teaching supplements on IHL, was a term member of the American Bar Association's Advisory Committee to the Standing Committee on Law and National Security (2011-2014), 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.

Professor Blank received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was the Henry L. Boudin Fellow for Human Rights. She also received her M.A. in International Relations from The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins, and her A.B. in Political Science from Princeton.

Professor Laurie R. Blank's Columns
11 Mar 2017

JURIST Guest Columnist Laurie Blank, Emory Law School, discusses the recent airstrikes against al Qaeda targets in Yemen, and how self-defense raises questions in US response against al Qaeda... Last week's sustained campaign of airstrikes against al Qaeda targets in Yemen brought the conflict with al Qaeda to the forefront … [read more]

23 Sep 2016

JURIST 2016 Law of Armed Conflict Contributing Editor Laurie R. Blank of the Emory University School of Law discusses recent political comments concerning application of law during times of war...The apparent deliberate bombing of a UN relief convoy bringing lifesaving supplies to the beleaguered population of Aleppo, Syria was the … [read more]

22 Jan 2015

JURIST Guest Columnist Laurie Blank, of Emory University School of Law, discusses the protection of UN premises during armed conflict and argues that, while critically important, such inviolability cannot be absolute in light of the fundamental purposes of the law of armed conflict...The nature of conflict fought unceasingly in civilian … [read more]

1 Dec 2012

JURIST Contributing Editor Laurie Blank of the Emory University School of Law says that more attention should be focused on the care taken by the Israel Defense Forces in its recent military actions in Gaza to protect civilian lives, in sharp contrast to the indiscriminate attacks performed by Hamas...Earlier this … [read more]

1 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Laurie Blank of Emory University School of Law says that the current US policy of justifying all targeted strikes with reference to both armed conflict and self-defense has a detrimental effect on both current implementation and future development of the law...US targeted strikes on al Qaeda and … [read more]

22 Oct 2011

JURIST Contributing Editor Laurie Blank of Emory University School of Law says that two great works of literature highlight the ancient pedigree of the law of war principles violated in the death of Muammar Gaddafi (if killed after capture) and the treatment of his remains by Libyan rebels...If reports of … [read more]

22 Aug 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Laurie Blank of Emory University School of Law argues that the recent claim of zero civilian casualties from US drone strikes in Pakistan may sound good at first, but indicates more concerning possibilities in US interpretation and adherence to the laws of war...Last week, top US intelligence … [read more]

8 May 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Laurie Blank of Emory University School of Law argues that any investigation into the killing of Osama Bin Laden must critically assess whether to apply the international law of armed conflict or human rights law in order to be effective...Five days after the US raid that killed … [read more]

17 Apr 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Laurie Blank of Emory Law School says the Goldstone "retraction" does not mitigate the report's damaging effects on the law of war. Among the report's flaws, it ignored the element of intent for the war crime of intentionally killing civilians, and it failed to condemn Hamas' endangerment … [read more]

1 Dec 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Laurie R. Blank of Emory Law's International Humanitarian Law Clinic says that defining where the so-called "war on terror" is being fought is an important task, and that while traditional frameworks fail to give adequate guidance, there are certain criteria that can provide for more than an … [read more]

13 Sep 2010

JURIST Guest Columnists Laurie R. Blank of Emory Law's International Humanitarian Law Clinic and Amos N. Guiora of the University of Utah College of Law say that by continuing its deference to the executive in terrorism cases nine years after 9/11, the judiciary is abdicating its role in enforcing US … [read more]

17 Mar 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Laurie Blank of Emory Law's International Humanitarian Law Clinic says while legal debates about sovereign immunity most often center on principles of comity versus principles of victim access to justice, courts ruling on this issue should not forget about broader policy considerations and national security.... Remarkably, the … [read more]

12 Jan 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Laurie Blank of Emory Law's International Humanitarian Law Clinic says that while the challenges posed by "new wars" are admittedly vast, we should not let those define us and our values. Rather, she suggests, we should use the law to rise to those challenges.... This is a … [read more]

4 Nov 2009

JURIST Guest Columnists Laurie Blank of Emory Law's International Humanitarian Law Clinic and Gregory Gordon of the University of North Dakota School of Law say that the most glaring failure of the controversial Goldstone Commission Report on the Gaza conflict has gone unnoticed.... The Goldstone Commission Report on the January … [read more]

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