Curtis Doebbler

Curtis Doebbler

American lawyer, international human rights lawyer
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Curtis Doebbler
  2. Educational Background
  3. Teaching Experience
  4. Clientele and Views

Biography of Curtis Doebbler

Curtis Doebbler is an American lawyer and international human rights advocate. Since 1988, he has been representing the interests of various individuals in international human rights organizations in Africa, Europe, the Americas, and the United Nations. He is also engaged in legal practice in Washington, DC. Doebbler is known for his intolerance towards human rights violations by the United States government and his support for individuals in states that have been subjected to armed attacks by the United States.

Born in 1961 in Buffalo, New York, Doebbler holds both American and Dutch citizenship. He has worked in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East for nearly 20 years, teaching international human rights law and representing individuals in human rights cases. In the case of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, Doebbler argued before the Iraqi Special Tribunal that the trial was illegal and violated human rights. Recently, Doebbler addressed the UN Human Rights Council, urging its members to end the practice of selective punishment of human rights violators and to take action against powerful states when they violate human rights. He has also served as a consultant to the Palestinian National Authority and the Hamas government.

Educational Background

Doebbler holds four academic degrees from four different universities. He completed his doctoral dissertation in international law at the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom. He also holds a Master of Laws degree from Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands, a Juris Doctor degree from the New York Law School, and a Bachelor's degree in English literature and journalism from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. In 2000, he was awarded a diploma from the Hague Academy of International Law.

Teaching Experience

Doebbler has taught law at the London School of Economics, Khartoum University in Sudan, the University of Pristina in Kosovo, the University of Tuzla in Bosnia and Herzegovina, The American University in Cairo, Webster University Geneva, and Tashkent State Institute of Law. Since 2004, he has held the position of visiting professor of jurisprudence at An-Najah National University in Palestine.

Clientele and Views

Doebbler has represented several current and former heads of state, as well as a group of internally displaced persons in Sudan, estimated to include 2.5 million individuals, approximately 15,000 Ethiopian refugees, and numerous other individuals and groups. He believes that the targeted killing of "terrorist number one," Osama bin Laden, by the American military is also a violation of international law.