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Heather Brandon

Advocacy Counsel, National Security (Joffe Fellow)

As Advocacy Counsel for National Security, Heather develops recommendations and advocates for U.S. national security policies that accord with human rights and the rule of law.  She specializes in the domestic and international legal frameworks governing the use of force and has worked to reform key post-9/11 counterterrorism policies, including indefinite detention and military commissions at Guantanamo and U.S. war authorities, including the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

Heather holds an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law School, where she graduated with distinction and was co-chair of Georgetown Law’s Human Rights Action – Amnesty International LL.M. committee.  Prior to joining Human Rights First, Heather taught at the University of New South Wales Law School and Macquarie University Law School (both in Sydney) and worked at the law firm Ashurst in Sydney.  Heather has a B.A. in Politics and International Relations/LL.B. and an LL.M. from the University of New South Wales.

January 10, 2017
In 2005, then-U.S. Army Captain Ian Fishback wrote a letter to Senator John McCain (R-AZ), expressing his concern over the detainee abuse he and troops under his command had witnessed in Iraq and...
November 03, 2016
Last Friday at the annual “International Law Weekend” at Fordham University School of Law, State Department Legal Adviser Brian Egan joined Professors Jennifer Daskal and ...
July 12, 2016
Tonight the Republican Party will finalize its draft party platform, setting out the party’s principles, goals, and positions on major issues as a precursor to the general election in November. The...
June 23, 2016
Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today praised the transfer of Guantanamo detainee Abdel Malik Wahab al Rahabi to Montenegro, noting that the pace of transfers must increase if the facility is to...