Area of Expertise:
Human rights, U.S. foreign policy, international law, gender and conflict, Central and Eastern Europe, Kosovo, ethnic conflict, humanitarian intervention, refugees, transitional justice
Julie Mertus is a frequent commentator on human rights and humanitarian issues, and serves as a consultant for several nongovernmental and governmental post-conflict reconstruction endeavors, including a project in Iraq. She is the author of more than 30 op-eds and general interest articles and 50 academic publications. Her book Bait and Switch: Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy (Routledge, 2004; 2nd ed., 2008) was named the 2005 Human Rights Book of the Year by the Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association. She is also author of Human Rights Matters: Local Politics and National Human Rights Institutions (Stanford, 2009); The United Nations and Human Rights(Routledge, 2005; 2nd ed., 2009); and Kosovo: How Myths and Truths Started a War (University of California, 1999). She is coeditor of Human Rights and Conflict (United States Institute of Peace, 2004). Her latest book is Human Rights Matters: Local Politics and National Human Rights Institutions (Stanford, 2009) Her prior appointments include being a senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, a human rights fellow at Harvard Law School, a writing fellow at the MacArthur Foundation, and a Fulbright Fellow. A graduate of Yale Law School and the recipent of several research and teaching awards, Mertus was named the 2005 Teacher-Scholar of the Year by American University's School of International Service.
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