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Laurie Blank

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Laurie R. Blank is director of the International Humanitarian Law Clinic at Emory University School of Law, where she teaches international humanitarian law and works directly with students to provide assistance to international tribunals, non-governmental organizations and law firms around the world on cutting edge issues in humanitarian law and human rights. Professor Blank is the co-director of a multi-year project on military training programs in the law of war and the co-author of Law of War Training: Resources for Military and Civilian Leaders (USIP 2008, with G. Noone, second edition 2012). She is the co-author of an upcoming casebook on the law of war, International Law and Armed Conflict: Fundamental Principles and Contemporary Challenges in the Law of War (with G. Noone, Aspen Publishing 2013). In addition, she is the series editor of the ICRCís teaching supplements on IHL, a member of the American Bar Associationís Advisory Committee to the Standing Committee on Law and National Security and a member of the Public Interest Law and Policy Groupís High Level Working Group on Piracy. Before coming to Emory, Professor Blank was a program officer in the Rule of Law Program at the United States Institute of Peace. At USIP, she directed the Expertsí Working Group on International Humanitarian Law, in particular a multi-year project focusing on New Actors in the Implementation and Enforcement of International Humanitarian Law.

She is the author of numerous articles and opinion pieces on topics in international humanitarian law, including, most recently, "Targeted Strikes: The Consequences of Blurring the Armed Conflict and Self-Defense Justifications," (William Mitchell Law Review); "After 'Top Gun': How Drone Strikes Impact the Law of War," (University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law); "The Consequences of a 'War' Paradigm for Counterterrorism: What Impact on Basic Rights and Values," (Georgia Law Review); "A Square Peg in a Round Hole: Stretching Law of War Detention Too Far," (Rutgers Law Review); "Defining the Battlefield in Contemporary Conflict and Counterterrorism: Understanding the Parameters of the Zone of Combat," (Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law); and "The Application of IHL in the Goldstone Report: A Critical Commentary," (Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law).


Gregory Noone

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Dr. Gregory P. Noone is the Director of the Fairmont State University National Security and Intelligence Program and an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Law.  Noone also serves as the Fairmont State University Rugby teamís Coach and Faculty Advisor.  He is also a member of the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG was nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize) and worked for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created by the U.S. Congress to promote research, education, and training on the prevention, management and peaceful resolution of international conflicts. 

While at USIP, Noone received a Special Act Award for his work in Afghanistan.  Noone previously served as a judge advocate in the U.S. Navy.  He held various positions in the Navy including the acting Head of the International Law Branch and the Foreign Military Rights Affairs Branch in the Navy Judge Advocate Generalís (JAG) International and Operational Law Division at the Pentagon.  Noone also served at the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) where he trained senior military, governmental and non-governmental civilian personnel in over 35 countries (72 countries total).  Most notably, he has trained members of the Iraqi National Congress, the post-genocide government in Rwanda, the post-Taliban government in  Afghanistan, civil society in the Sudan, and senior members of the Russian government.  Noone has also worked as a government prosecutor and a criminal defense counsel.  He is a Brockton Massachusetts native who received a B.A. in Political Science from Villanova University, an M.A. in International Affairs from The Catholic University of America, a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, and a Ph.D. in Political Science (International Relations) from West Virginia University.  Noone is a Captain in the United States Naval Reserve and is the Commanding Officer of the Navy JAG International and Operational Law reserve unit.  Noone is currently mobilized as the Staff Judge Advocate for the Office for Administrative Review and Detention of Enemy Combatants (OARDEC) at the Pentagon and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Noone is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Collegeís Joint Reserve Command and Staff Programme (JRCSP 12).  Noone is also an adjunct Professor of Law at Roger Williams University School of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and West Virginia University where he teaches International Law, Genocide in the 20th Century, International Humanitarian Law, Terrorism, and U.S. Military Law and Legal Policies.  He has published and presented articles on the Rwandan Genocide, the International Criminal Court, and Military Tribunals at numerous forums.  Noone appears regularly as a commentator on international and national television and radio.