Associate in Law
Areas of Expertise
- International Human Rights
- International Criminal Law
- Humanitarian Intervention
- Transnational Networks
- Social Movements
- J.D., Harvard Law School, (Knox Fellow), 2007
- M. Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, (Knox Fellow), 2007
- B. Economics, 1st class honors in Neuropsychology, (University Medal), University of Sydney, 2002
Bec Hamilton’s scholarship draws on her background in the study of genocide, international criminal law, and social movements, as well as her earlier work as a foreign correspondent. She is the author of Fighting for Darfur: Public Action and the Struggle to Stop Genocide, published by Palgrave Macmillan, which analyzes the growth of citizen activism against mass atrocities. Her current work sits at the nexus of international law and international relations, exploring the role of networks in the formation and maintenance of international law in the 21st century.
Before joining Columbia Law School, Hamilton served as a lawyer in the the prosecutorial division of the International Criminal Court, working on cases arising from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Uganda and Sudan. Hamilton has lectured on mass atrocities and international law at universities across the United States, as well as in the U.K., the Netherlands and Australia.
During law school, Hamilton was the Managing Editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal, and a teaching assistant for Justice Richard Goldstone. She worked in the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, represented asylum seekers as a student attorney in Boston, and received the Gary Bellow Award for excellence in public interest work.
As a journalist, Hamilton worked as a foreign correspondent for the Washington Post, and a legal correspondent for Reuters. A Pulitzer Center grantee, and former fellow at the New America Foundation and the Open Society Foundation, her writing for mainstream audiences has appeared in Foreign Affairs, The New Yorker, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, The International Herald Tribune, and The New Republic.
Before law school, Hamilton worked to change the legislation in New Zealand, her country of birth, to ensure a right to identity for children conceived with the use of gamete donors. Hamilton is admitted as an attorney in the State of New York, and is a member of the American Society of International Law.
Fighting for Darfur: Public Action and the Struggle to Stop Genocide (Palgrave Macmillan) (2011).
Selected articles & book chapters
Justice Richard Goldstone & Rebecca J. Hamilton, Bosnia v. Serbia (The Genocide Judgment), 1 Leiden Journal of International Law, 95 (2008).
Rebecca Hamilton & Chad Hazlett, Not On Our Watch, in War in Darfur and the Search for Peace (Alex de Waal, ed., Harvard University Press) (2007).
Rebecca J. Hamilton, The Responsibility to Protect: From document to doctrine – but what of implementation? 19 Harvard Human Rights Journal, 289 (2006).
Rebecca Hamilton, One Referendum, Two New Nations, The New York Times, Feb. 10, 2011.
Rebecca Hamilton, Sudan After Garang: Saving the peace, The International Herald Tribune, Aug. 4, 2005.