Rosa Brooks is a law professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and a Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the New America Foundation. Brooks is an expert on national security, international law, and human rights issues. Her prior work experience includes five years teaching at the University of Virginia School of Law and two years lecturing at Yale Law School and running the school’s human rights program. From 2009-2011, Brooks was counselor to the undersecretary of defense for policy, with a portfolio that included rule of law and human rights. Brooks has also been a consultant for Human Rights Watch and a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. She writes a weekly column for Foreign Policy and, from 2005 to 2009, wrote a syndicated weekly opinion column for the Los Angeles Times. Brooks has memberships at the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a board member for Amnesty International USA. She has also been a member of the National Security Network and has served on councils and committees at the World Economic Forum and the White Oak Foreign Policy Leaders Project.
Brooks is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Oxford, where she was a Marshall Scholar, and Yale Law School.