Susan Benesch is Dean’s Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University law school, and senior legal advisor to the Center for Justice and Accountability in San Francisco. She has taught human rights and refugee law at Georgetown and American University among others, and has lectured at universities including Virginia, Duke, Princeton, and Yale. She has also worked at Amnesty International, at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First), and at the war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
Professor Benesch’s interest in the power of speech dates back to her first career as a journalist. Before attending law school at Yale, she was chief staff writer for the Miami Herald in Haiti. She also covered wars in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala, and reported from many countries for the New Republic, the Columbia Journalism Review, and the Crimes of War website, among other publications.