Kristine A. Huskey

Clinical Professor of Law; Director, Veterans' Advocacy Law Clinic and Director of Clinics

Kristine Huskey joined the College of Law in 2013 as Director of the Veterans' Advocacy Law Clinic. In addition to teaching clinical legal education, Professor Huskey also teaches international human rights law, national security law and the laws of armed conflict.

Prior to joining the Arizona Law faculty, Professor Huskey taught national security and international human rights and humanitarian law at law schools across the country and globally. She was the founding director of the National Security Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law and taught in the international human rights clinics at Washington College of Law American University and George Washington University Law School. Professor Huskey has also taught at Georgetown University Law Center, Howard University, and Victoria University Law School in Wellington, New Zealand.

In addition to her academic career, Professor Huskey has worked in the policy arena and practiced law in Washington, D.C. on issues involving national security, human rights, and foreign and military affairs. She was one of the first lawyers to represent Guantanamo detainees and was on the legal teams in both Rasul v Bush (2004) and Boumediene v Bush (2008). Professor Huskey chronicled her experiences of challenging the United States Government during the early Post-9/11 years and visiting the Guantanamo Detention Center in Justice at Guantanamo:  One Women's Odyssey and Her Crusade for Human Rights. She also represented the Holy Land Foundation on appeal after it was convicted in the largest terrorism financing trial to date as well as filed amicus briefs in Arar v. Ashcroft and Hamdan v. Bush (2006).

Professor Huskey writes on issues involving veterans, criminal justice, international human rights, military affairs, and national and international security, such as detention under the laws of war, enemy combatants, torture, and private military and security contractors in wartime. Her chapter, The US 'Material Support' Bar to Refugee Protection:  An Expansive Approach Through a Narrow Lens, in Still Waiting for Tomorrow:  The Law and Politics of Unresolved Refugee Crises, edited by Susan Akram & Tom Syring, came out in 2014. She is an active member of the American Society of International Law and was a co-chair of the interest group, Women in International Law. During her tenure, she helped to develop a global mentoring program for young women interested in pursuing international law as a career.

Professor Huskey is proud of her family's history of military service. Both her parents are veterans - her father is a Vietnam Vet and her mother a former army nurse. One of her grandfathers flew B-17s during World War II and her other grandfather, a native Philipino who survived the Bataan Death March during the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, was a US Army Scoutand retired after 20 years of service in the US military.

Curriculum Vitae

SSRN Published Papers

Representative Publications

  • Justice for Veterans:  Does Theory Matter? 59 Ariz. L. Rev. 697 (2017).
  • United States:  Private Military Contractors and U.S. Law After 9/11, in Multilevel Regulation of Military and Security Contractors:  The Interplay Between International, European and Domestic Norms 331 (Christine Bakker & Mirko Sossai eds., 2012) (co-author, with Scott Sullivan).
  • A Strategic Imperative:  Legal Representation of Unprivileged Enemy Belligerents in Status Determination Proceedings, 11 Santa Clara J. Int'l L. 169 (2012).
  • Accountability for Private Military and Security Contractors in the International Legal Regime, 31 Crim. Just. Ethics 193 (2012).
  • Guantanamo and Beyond:  Reflections on the Past, Present and Future of Preventive Detention, 9 U. N.H. L. Rev. 183 (2011).
  • Justice At Guantanamo:  One Womans Odyssey and Her Crusade for Human Rights(2009) (co-author, with Aleigh Acerni).
  • Standards and Procedures for Classifying 'Enemy Combatants':  Congress, What Have You Done?, 43 Tex. Int'l L.J. 41 (2007).
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  • J.D. University of Texas School of Law
  • B.A. Columbia University
    Graduated magna cum laude.

Work Experience

  • Visiting Associate Clinical Professor; Director, Veterans' Advocacy Clinic
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2013 - present
  • Adjunct Professor
    Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.
    2011 - 2013
  • Director, Anti-Torture Program
    Physicians for Human Rights, Washington, D.C.
    2011 - 2013
  • Clinical Professor of Law, National Security Clinic
    Acting Director, University of Texas School of Law
    2010 - 2011
  • Clinical Professor of Law, National Security Clinic
    Founding Director, University of Texas School of Law
    2007 - 2009
  • Practitioner-In-Residence [Clinic Fellow]
    American University, Washington College of Law
    2006 - 2007
  • Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law
    George Washington University Law School, International Human Rights Clinic
    Spring 2006
  • Attorney
    Shearman & Sterling LLP, Washington, D.C.
    1998 - 2006
  • Law Clerk
    Justice Bea Ann Smith, Third District, Texas Court of Appeals
    1997 - 1998