General Counsel

Dinah PoKempner is general counsel of Human Rights Watch.  Her work has taken her to Cambodia, the Republic of Korea, Vietnam, former Yugoslavia and elsewhere in documenting and analyzing compliance with international humanitarian law, war crimes and violations of civil and political rights.  She has written on freedom of expression, peace-keeping operations, international tribunals, U.N. human rights mechanisms, cyber-liberties and security, and refugee law among other human rights topics, and oversees the organization’s positions on international law and policy.  A graduate of Yale and Columbia University School of Law and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Ms. PoKempner also teaches at Columbia University.