Professor of Law
Madeline Morris is an expert in counterterrorism law and policy, international criminal law, the law of war, transnational jurisdiction, and public international law. She has served as a member of the U.S. Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on International Law; adviser on justice to the president of Rwanda; special consultant to the U.S. Secretary of the Army; senior legal counsel, Office of the Prosecutor, Special Court for Sierra Leone; adviser to the special prosecutor, Republic of Serbia; expert witness on the Alien Tort Claims Act, in Sarei v. Rio Tinto; and as a witness before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
A leading expert on counterterrorism detention and military commissions, Morris has served as chief counsel to the Office of the Chief Defense Counsel for Military Commissions, U.S. Department of Defense; consultant to the Defense in U.S. v. Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, (U.S. Military Commission, Guantanamo Bay); consultant on the Brief for the Petitioner in Boumediene v. Bush (U.S. Supreme Court, 2008); amicus curiae in U.S. v. Hamdan (U.S. Military Commission, Guantanamo Bay) and in U.S. v. Khadr (U.S. Court of Military Commissions Review); and as an expert witness in U.S. v. Jawad (U.S. Military Commission, Guantanamo Bay). In 2005, Morris founded the Guantanamo Defense Clinic, which she directs. Morris has written extensively on issues pertaining to the detention and trial of suspected terrorists; her forthcoming book is Terror and Integrity: Preventive Detention in the Age of Jihad (Oxford University Press, 2013).
Morris received her JD from Yale Law School in 1989, and her BA from Yale, summa cum laude, in 1986. She clerked for Judge John Minor Wisdom of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
- After Guantanamo: War, Crime, and Detention, 3 Harvard Review of Law and Policy Online (June 2009)
- High Crimes and Misconceptions: The ICC and Non-Party States, 64 Law & Contemporary Problems 13-66 (Winter 2001)
- Taking Liberties: The Personal Jurisdiction of Military Commissions (August 2008)
- The Trials of Concurrent Jurisdiction: The Case of Rwanda, 7(2) Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law (1997)