Katherine Gallagher

Senior Staff Attorney

Katherine Gallagher is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights. She works on universal jurisdiction cases involving U.S. and foreign officials and torture and other war crimes, and cases involving private military corporations and torture at Abu Ghraib. Her major cases include Al Shimari  v. CACI, the international U.S. torture accountability cases, and Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) v. Vatican, seeking accountability for the crimes against humanity of sexual violence by clergy and cover-up. She is a Vice-President on the International Board of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and a member of the Editorial Committee of the Journal for International Criminal Justice.

Prior to coming to the Center for Constitutional Rights, she worked at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; as a legal advisor for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Kosovo; with the Special Court for Sierra Leone in Freetown; and as a member of the Women’s Caucus for Gender Justice in the International Criminal Court during the negotiations to establish the ICC. She graduated from New York University with a joint M.A. in Journalism and Middle East Studies and from the City University of New York School of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the New York City Law Review.  

Her writing includes “Damn right, George Bush should face criminal proceedings for waterboarding,” The Guardian;  “Canada should investigate Dick Cheney for war crimes,” Toronto Star; “Halting Canadian Bush Prosecution Violated International Obligations,” JURIST;  “Where Will U.S. Torturers Be Held Accountable?” Huffington Post; “The Israeli Court System on Trial: The Rachel Corrie Appeal,” Huffington Post; and “Bahrain: Silencing the voice of the voiceless,” Al Jazeera. Her law review articles include "Achieving Corporate Accountability for Egregious International Law Violations through the Alien Tort Statute: A Response to Professor Branson," 9 Santa Clara J. Int'l L. 261 (2011); "Civil Litigation and Transnational Business: An Alien Tort Statute Primer," July 2010 and "Universal Jurisdiction in Practice: Efforts to Hold Donald Rumsfeld and Other High-level United States Officials Accountable for Torture," November 2009, both in the Journal of International Criminal Justice. She has appeared on numerous outlets, including CNN International, the BBC World News, CBS, PBS NewsHour, and Democracy Now!