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Laura Dickinson

Laura A. Dickinson is a Foundation Professor of Law at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor of Law, where she directs the new Center on Transnational Public-Private Governance.  She was a Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law from 2001 to 2008, and a Visiting Fellow and Professor in the Law and Public Affairs Program at Princeton University in 2006-2007.  A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, she has 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 as a law clerk to Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Harry A. Blackmun on the U.S. Supreme Court.  Her recent work which focuses on regulating private military contractors, includes “Public Values/Private Contract,” in Government by Contract (Jody Freeman & Martha Minow eds., Harvard University Press, forthcoming 2008), “Legal Regulation of Private Military Contractors, the New Mercenaries,” in International Criminal Law (Cherif Bassiouni ed., 2008), “Contract as a Tool for Regulating Private Military Companies,” in Mercenaries to Market (Simon Chesterman and Chia Lenhardt eds., Oxford University Press, 2007), and “Public Law Values in a Privatized World,” 31 Yale J. Int'l L. 384 (2006).
Dickinson's current work-in-progress is a monograph entitled Outsourcing War and Peace (Yale University Press, forthcoming 2009).