Kristine A. Huskey
Kristine Huskey is an American lawyer. Huskey is notable because she volunteered to help defend Guantanamo detainees. Huskey is the author of "Standards and Procedures for Classifying “Enemy Combatants”: Congress, What Have You Done?"
Huskey grew up in Alaska.
Personal Life and Education
Huskey was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. Her family moved to Saudi Arabia after her father, an Air Force pilot, took a post there. She returned to the United States to attend Interlochen Arts Academy for dance before moving to New York City to pursue a career in dance and modeling.
She attended Columbia University in New York, New York for her undergraduate studies. Huskey graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1992, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. In 1996, she continued on to attend the Centre for Commercial Law Studies University of London's Queen Mary and Westfield College. Kristine then attended the University of Texas at Austin for law school, where she graduated from in 1997 with a Juris Doctorate.
Huskey was a law clerk in the Texas Court of Appeals in the Third Distrct in Austin, Texas for Justice Bea Ann Smith in civil and criminal appeals from 1997 to 1998.
She worked as an attorney at the Washington, DC office of the New York-based law firm Shearman & Sterling LLP in the International Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group from 1998 to 2006. Before working with Guantanamo detainees, she represented international entities such as OPEC and PDVSA in litigation, arbitration, and negotiation with the US and foreign government agencies. Huskey was one of the lawyers who represented Guantanamo detainees in Rasul v. Bush.
Huskey worked on the case of Canadian Guantanamo captive Omar Khadr, who commonly known as "Guantanamo's kid" and one of the ten captives who has faced charges before a Guantanamo military commission.
“It’s so easy to say that they are terrorists and that terrorists don’t deserve rights, but because they were never given rights to begin with, like the right to a fair trial for instance, how did we reach the decision that they are even terrorists?”
Huskey was one of the invited speakers at a July 2009 event, organized by the American Society of International Law, entitled "Women in International Law Networking Breakfast". The other speakers were Andrea Prasow, Laura Black and Andrea Menaker.
Huskey is the Director of the Anti-Torture Program at Physicians for Human Rights in Washington, DC, where she leads policy and advocacy work aimed at strengthening international human rights norms in US national security law, policy, and practice. She has most recently appeared on Al-Jazeera and Huffington Post Live discussing issues related to national security, human rights, and detainee rights.
- Georgetown University
- University of Texas at Austin
- American University Washington College of Law
- George Washington University Law School
- Victoria University of Wellington, Faculty of Law
In the summer of 2007, Huskey became a Professor at her alma mater, the University of Texas School of Law, and became the founding director of its newly established National Security & Human Rights Clinic.
Huskey has also published a number of law review articles. Among those are the following:
1. "A Strategic Imperative: Legal Representation of Unprivileged Enemy Belligerents in Status Determination Proceedings", Santa Clara Journal of International Law (2012)
2. "Guantanamo and Beyond: Reflections on the Past, Present, and Future of Preventive Detention", University of New Hampshire Law Review (2011)
3. "Hunger Strikes: Challenges to the Guantanamo Detainee Health Care Policy" with Stephen N. Xenakis, Whittier Law Review (2009)
4. "The American Way: Private Military Contractors & US Law after 9/11", Working Paper Series (2010)
5. "Standards and Procedures for Classifying 'Enemy, Combatants': Congress, What Have You Done?" 
- "Guantanamo and the Semantics of Terror". Council on Hemispheric Affairs. July 14, 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-14.
- "Kristine Huskey: Practitioner in Residence, International Human Rights Clinic". University of Washington College of Law. Retrieved 2007-07-14.
- "Working Women: Kristine Huskey". WJLA. July 6, 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-25.[dead link]
- Jennifer Senior (December 2006). "Gitmo's Girl". Marie Claire. Retrieved 2007-07-14.
- Kristine A Huskey (Fall 2007). "Standards and Procedures for Classifying "Enemy Combatants": Congress, What Have You Done?". Texas International Law Journal. Retrieved 2008-04-29.
When I began down this road five years ago, Guantánamo was literally a “legal black hole.”1 The Supreme Court changed much of that in June 2004 when it ruled in my case, Al Odah v. United States, joined with Rasul v. Bush,2 that the detainees were entitled to bring habeas corpus petitions in federal court to challenge their detention. But after two years of fighting with the government over the meaning of Rasul, Congress abruptly passed the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (“MCA”),3 which ostensibly strips the Guantánamo detainees of the right to challenge any aspect of their detention, including the right to habeas corpus. Remarkably, we are almost exactly where we were five years ago, except that now, Congress has weighed in and approved of Guantánamo as a virtual law-free zone.
- "Reading the North". Anchorage Daily News. 2009-06-27. Retrieved 2009-06-28.
- "Working Women: Kristine Huskey". WJLA. July 6, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-07-14.
- "Women in International Law Networking Breakfast". American Society of International Law. 2009-07-09. Archived from the original on 2009-12-09.
- "UT Law welcomes detainee law expert Kristine Huskey". University of Texas. September 26, 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
- "Defending Habeas". University of Texas. Fall 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
- "Kristine A Huskey: Clinical Professor, Director". University of Texas. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
- "UT Law launches National Security and Human Rights Clinic". University of Texas. September 4, 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
- "Clinical Education at UT Law: Contact Us". University of Texas. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
- Kristine A. Huskey, Aleigh Acerni (2009). My own Counsel: One Woman's Odyssey and Her Crusade for Justice at Guantanamo. The Lyons Press. ISBN 978-1-59921-468-9.
- Huskey, Kristine A., A Strategic Imperative: Legal Representation of Unprivileged Enemy Belligerents in Status Determination Proceedings (December 1, 2012). 11 Santa Clara Journal of International Law 195 (2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2190144
- Huskey, Kristine A., Guantanamo and Beyond: Reflections on the Past, Present, and Future of Preventive Detention (March 1, 2011). University of New Hampshire Law Review, Vol. 9, pp. 183, March 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2092091
- Huskey, Kristine A. and Xenakis, Stephen N., Hunger Strikes: Challenges to the Guantanamo Detainee Health Care Policy (2009). Whittier Law Review, Vol. 30, No. 783, Summer 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2092086
- Huskey, Kristine A., The American Way: Private Military Contractors & US Law after 9/11 (October 1, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2184090 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2184090
- Huskey, Kristine A., Standards and Procedures for Classifying 'Enemy Combatants': Congress, What Have You Done? (Fall 2007). Texas International Law Journal, Vol. 43, p. 41, 2007. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2092076
- "Discussion on Representing Guantanamo Bay Detainees". The Washington Journal,. November 25, 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-14.
- Kristine A. Huskey (August 13, 2006). "The administration has already begun trying to work its way around the Supreme Court's Hamdan decision.". American Prospect. Retrieved 2007-07-14.