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 Constitutional Law, international human rights and humanitarian law, and national security law.

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 career in academia, Professor Huskey 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 Rasul v Bush (2004) and Boumediene v Bush (2008), both of which went before the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of the writ of habeas. Professor Huskey chronicled her experiences of challenging the U.S. 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 appeared as amici in Arar v. Ashcroft and Hamdan v. Bush (2006) and represented the Holy Land Foundation on appeal after it was convicted in one of the largest terrorism financing trials.

Professor Huskey writes on issues involving veterans, criminal justice, international human rights, military affairs, and national and international security. The University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review  recently published her article, “The Case for Tribal Veterans Healing to Wellness Courts,” which addresses the intersection of veterans treatment courts, restorative justice, and Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts.   

In 2020, Professor Huskey was a recipient of the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Copper Sword Award, which recognizes an individual Arizona non-veteran whose personal actions contributed significantly to the benefit and well-being of our military, our veterans, and their families and communities.

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 Filipino who survived the Bataan Death March during the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, was a U.S. Army Scout and retired after 20 years of service in the U.S. military.

Professor Huskey also enjoys helping her students connect and access opportunities. During her tenure as co-chair of the American Society of International Law interest group, Women in International Law, she helped to develop a global mentoring program for young women interested in pursuing international law as a career. More recently during COVID and to counter the isolation of Zoom school, she established the online “Human Rights Coffee Corner,” for her students to gather informally and to meet human rights lawyers across the globe to discuss career paths.


Representative Publications


  • J.D. University of Texas School of Law
  • B.A. Columbia University
    Graduated magna cum laude.

Work Experience

  • Clinical Professor of Law; 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
Constitutional Law
Criminal Law & Justice (including Juvenile Justice)
Human Rights Law
Jurisprudence / Law & Philosophy
National Security Law
Restorative Justice
Veterans Law