Laura Dickinson


Former Fellow, 2006-2007<br />

Home Institution, Center for Law and Global Affairs

LAPA Fellow, 2006-2007

LAPA Fellow

 Armstrong Hall, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

 Curriculum Vitae



Laura A. Dickinson joined the law faculty in 2008 as a professor and the faculty director of the Center for Law and Global Affairs. Her work focuses on human rights, national security, foreign affairs privatization, and qualitative empirical approaches to international law. Professor Dickinson’s current work-in-progress is a monograph entitled, Outsourcing War and Peace, to be published 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.

Prior to her appointment to ASU, Professor Dickinson was on faculty at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she taught from 2001 to 2008, and she was a Visiting Research Scholar and Visiting Professor in the Law and Public Affairs Program at Princeton University in 2006-2007. She 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. 

Professor Dickinson 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.




  • International Law and Society : Empirical Approaches to Human Rights (Laura Dickinson, ed., Ashgate 2007).
    K3240 I584 2007
  • International Law Stories (John E. Noyes, Laura A. Dickinson, Mark W. Janis., eds, Thomson West 2007).
    KZ3410 I583 2007


  • Military Lawyers on the Battlefield: an Empirical Account of International Law Compliance, Am. J. Int'l L. (2010).
    K1 M7
  • Military Lawyers, Private Contractors, and the Problem of International Law Compliance, 42 NYU J. Int'l L & Pol. 355 (2010).
    K14 .E842 
    Lexis | Westlaw
  • Accountability and the Use of Contracts, Int’l Peace Operations Association Newsletter (2006).


  • Public Values/Private Contract, in Government by Contract: Outsourcing and American Democracy (Jody Freeman & Martha Minow eds., Harvard University Press 2009).
    HD3861.U6 G68 2009
  • Abu Ghraib, in International Law Stories (Noyes, Janis & Dickinson eds., Foundation Press 2007).
    KZ3410 I583 2007
  • Contract as a Tool for Regulating Private Military Companies, in From Mercenaries to Market: the Rise and Regulation of Private Military Companies (Simon Chesterman & Chia Lenhardt eds., Oxford University Press 2007).
    K3465 .F76 2007 
  • Terrorism and the Limits of Law: The View from Transitional Justice, in The Limits of Law (Austin Sarat et al. eds., Stanford University Press 2005).
    K238 .L56 2005 
  • The Dance of Complementarity: Relationships Among Domestic, International, and Transnational Accountability Mechanisms in East Timor and Indonesia, in Accountability for Atrocities: National and International Responses (Jane Stromseth ed., Transnational Publishers 2003).