Alexa Koenig

Executive Director

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ALEXA KOENIG, Ph.D., J.D, is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Center (winner of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions) and a lecturer-in-residence at UC Berkeley School of Law, where she teaches classes on human rights and international criminal law. She directs the Human Rights Investigations Lab, which trains and works with undergraduate and graduate students to use open source methods to support human rights advocacy and accountability. She administers the Technology Advisory Board of the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court on behalf of the Human Rights Center and is often called upon to speak about the role of emerging technologies in human rights practice. 

Alexa is the author, with Victor Peskin and Eric Stover, of Hiding in Plain Sight: The Pursuit of War Criminals from Nuremberg to the War on Terror (UC Press, 2016); the editor, with Keramet Reiter, of Extreme Punishment: Comparative Studies in Detention, Incarceration and Solitary Confinement (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015); and a contributor to The Guantánamo Effect: Exposing the Consequences of U.S. Detention and Interrogation Practices (UC Press, 2009). Additional research and commentary have appeared in such diverse outlets as the Annual Review of Law and Social Science, the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral SciencesForeign Policy, Foreign AffairsUS News and World Reports, and elsewhere. She was recently featured on the PBS NewsHour, discussing the launch of the Human Rights Investigations Lab.
Alexa has won numerous honors and awards for her research and public service, including a fellowship with the American Association of University Women, the Eleanor Swift Award for Public Service, the Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Teaching Excellence Award, and grants from the National Science Foundation and numerous private foundations. She earned her Ph.D. with honors or high honors in all classes from UC Berkeley’s Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program, her J.D. magna cum laude with a certificate in intellectual property and cyberlaw from the University of San Francisco, and her B.A. summa cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles.