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Rebecca Crootof

Rebecca Crootof is a Ph.D. in Law candidate at the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and a Resident Fellow with the Yale Law School Information Society Project. Her work focuses on how international law evolves and its role in American law and policy, with specific consideration of how regulation can channel technological development to promote socially desirable goals.

Crootof’s primary areas of research include international law, torts, law and technology, foreign affairs and national security law, the law of armed conflict, and international human rights law; she has also written on or taught U.S. constitutional law, statutory interpretation, disability rights, and fair housing law. Crootof has authored pieces on subjects ranging from how autonomous weapon systems may foster the rise of international tort law to the influence of non-self-executing treaties on American jurisprudence.

Crootof earned her B.A. cum laude at Pomona College and her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an active member of the Center for Global Legal Challenges, served as an Online Editor for the Yale Law Journal and as an Articles Editor on the Yale Journal of International Law, and helped found and competed in Yale’s Jessup International Moot Court team. Before returning to Yale, Crootof served as a law clerk for Judge Mark R. Kravitz of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut and for Judge John M. Walker, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She is a member of the New York Bar.