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Humanitarian Law & Policy:
Classification of Conflicts, Detention in Armed Conflict, Human Rights in Armed Conflict, International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, Public International Law, Terrorism and Counterterrorism, Transitional Justice

<p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Laura Olson&nbsp;is the&nbsp;President of Blackletter Consulting, LLC and a former &nbsp;Senior Counsel at The Constitution Project. </span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">&nbsp;From 1997-2008, she worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">. She held the position of Legal Advisor to the ICRC Regional Delegation in Washington, D.C., from 2005-2007. In that capacity, she was responsible for legal support to ICRC activities in the United States and Canada, including ICRC visits to the U.S. detention facility at G</span>uantanamo<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">&nbsp;Bay, Cuba. Before that, she held the positions of Legal Advisor at the ICRC headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, as well as the Delegate responsible for the program to academic circles and universities at the ICRC Moscow Regional Delegation.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;" />
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<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Laura holds an LL.M. from New York University School of Law and a J.D. and an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Iowa. Her writing covers matters of international humanitarian law, transitional justice, international criminal law, as well as the relationship between international humanitarian and human rights law during armed conflict.</span></p>