Laurie Blank

Laurie Blank is the director of Emory Law’s International Humanitarian Law Clinic and was one of the principal founders of the clinic in early 2007. She supervises law students in their work assisting organizations, law firms and tribunals on cases, projects and issues related to humanitarian law and human rights.

Before coming to Emory, she was a program officer in the Rule of Law Program at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., where she ran an experts’ working group on New Actors in the Implementation and Enforcement of International Humanitarian Law. Blank also worked as a litigation associate in the New York and Paris offices of Shearman & Sterling. In addition to her recent book, Law of War Training: A Resource for Military and Civilian Leaders (2008), she has published several articles on topics in 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 Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in political science.

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