Jessica Dorsey

Jessica Dorsey, J.D., LL.M., is an ICCT Associate Fellow, and an Assistant Professor of Education of International and European Law at Utrecht University. She is also the Managing Editor of the international law weblog, Opinio Juris. Previously, she was a lecturer in the Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics honors program at the University of Amsterdam; a Senior Legal and Policy Officer at Rights Watch (UK); a Project Officer in the Humanitarian Disarmament department of PAX, where she was the Coordinator of the European Forum on Armed Drones; and a Researcher at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, where she carried out research and advocacy related to human rights, counterterrorism and national security issues with a specific focus on the use and proliferation of 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. She has also previously worked as 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.

Key Publications:

Dorsey, J. and N. Amaral. “Military Drones in Europe: Ensuring Transparency and Accountability,” International Security Program Research Paper, Chatham House, (2021).

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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