Jessica Dorsey J.D., LL.M.

Jessica Dorsey J.D. LL.M. is an ICCT Associate Fellow, and Senior Legal and Policy Officer at Rights Watch (UK), where she carries out research and advocacy related to human rights, counterterrorism and national security issues. Previously, she was a Project Officer in the Humanitarian Disarmament department of PAX, where she focused on the use and proliferation of armed drones, the effects of armed conflict on the environment and coordinated the European Forum on Armed Drones. At ICCT, her research concentrates mainly on foreign fighters and counterterrorism-related human rights issues. In 2017, the European Parliament contracted Jessica to publish a study outlining policy guidance for the use of armed drones for European Member States. Prior to joining PAX, she worked as a Researcher at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut and collaborated with the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism on a 2013 report on the civilian impact of armed drones. She has taught a summer program at Duke University on human rights and international humanitarian law and is the Assistant Editor of the international law weblog Opinio Juris.

Key Publications include:

Dorsey, J. “Towards an EU Common Position on Armed Drones,” European Parliament Directorate-General for External Policies of the Union, Directorate B, Policy Department (2017).

Dorsey, J. and C. Paulussen. “Towards a European Position on Armed Drones and Targeted Killing: Surveying EU Counter-Terrorism Perspectives”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 6, no. 3 (2015).

Dorsey, J. “Accountability and Transparency in the United States’ Counter-Terrorism Strategy”, Perspectives, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 6 (2015).

Dorsey, J. and C. Paulussen. “Boundaries of the Battlefield: A Critical Look at the Legal Paradigms and Rules in Countering Terorrism”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 4, no. 3 (2013).

Entenmann, E., Van der Heide, L., Weggemans, D., and Dorsey, J. “Rehabilitation for Foreign Fighters? Relevance, Challenges and Opportunities for the Criminal Justice Sector”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism—The Hague Policy Paper (2015)


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