Kristine A. Huskey
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.
- 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).
- Complete List of Publications
J.D. University of Texas School of Law1997
B.A. Columbia University1992Graduated magna cum laude.
Clinical Professor of Law; Director, Veterans' Advocacy ClinicJames E. Rogers College of Law2013 - present
Adjunct ProfessorGeorgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.2011 - 2013
Director, Anti-Torture ProgramPhysicians for Human Rights, Washington, D.C.2011 - 2013
Clinical Professor of Law, National Security ClinicActing Director, University of Texas School of Law2010 - 2011
Clinical Professor of Law, National Security ClinicFounding Director, University of Texas School of Law2007 - 2009
Practitioner-In-Residence [Clinic Fellow]American University, Washington College of Law2006 - 2007
Adjunct Clinical Professor of LawGeorge Washington University Law School, International Human Rights ClinicSpring 2006
AttorneyShearman & Sterling LLP, Washington, D.C.1998 - 2006
Law ClerkJustice Bea Ann Smith, Third District, Texas Court of Appeals1997 - 1998