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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.

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December 12, 2017
Today, President Trump signed into law two important new provisions that will strengthen congressional oversight, transparency, and accountability for the “War on Terror.” The provisions,...
October 30, 2017
Download The recent deaths of 4 U.S. service members in Niger have prompted members of Congress to give renewed attention to the scope of war authorities that govern U.S. counterterrorism military...
June 23, 2017
This week the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held its first hearing in over two years on authorizations for the use of military force, or AUMFs. And it’s about time. For a quick explainer on...
May 30, 2017
The case against accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his four co-defendants should be the trial of the century. Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the attacks—the largest loss...
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