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Dickinson discusses book at Boston College

November 23, 2010

Laura A. Dickinson, faculty director for the Center for Law and Global Affairs at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, spoke about her upcoming book, Outsourcing War and Peace, at Boston College on Nov. 19.

Outsourcing War and Peace, will be published in January by Yale University Press. The book examines the increasing privatization of military, security, and foreign aid functions of government, considers the impact of this trend on core public values, and outlines mechanism for protecting these values in an era of privatization.

Dickinson’s work focuses on human rights, national security, foreign affairs privatization, and qualitative empirical approaches to international law. Dickinson served as a senior policy adviser to Harold Hongju Koh, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. Department of State, and is a former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justices Harry A. Blackmun and Stephen G. Breyer, and to Judge Dorothy Nelson of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, and co-organizer of a Collaborative Research Network on Empirical Approaches to International Human Rights Law, convened under the auspices of the Law & Society Association.

Judy Nichols,
Office of Communications, College of Law