Laurel Fletcher

An ex-Guantanamo detainee rebuilds his life in France

Laurel Fletcher quoted by Al Jazeera, Sept. 11, 2017

“When you have those incidents that are regularly cropping up, I think it activates people’s fear,” Fletcher says. She believes it’s a normal “visceral response” to support strong action in the wake of “terrorist attacks” – and that’s why Guantanamo may be experiencing a resurgence in popularity, despite evidence that its methods fail to make the public safer, she says.

The Dominican Republic must stop expulsions of Haitians

Roxanna Altholz and Laurel E. Fletcher write for The New York Times, July 5, 2015

For decades, Haitians and their progeny have served as a scapegoat for Dominican politicians who blame them for poverty, disease and crime. The Dominican Republic should put a halt to the sporadic roundups and summary expulsions. If it doesn’t, the international community must step in.

The dark ages: terrorism, counterterrorism, and the law of torment

Laurel Fletcher and Eric Stover’s report cited in The New Yorker, March 18, 2013

The spread of such torture around the world is the subject of … “The Guantanamo Effect,” which is based on interviews with sixty-two former detainees, conducted by Laurel E. Fletcher, the director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic, at Berkeley, and Eric Stover, the director of Berkeley’s Human Rights Center.

Above the law: U.S. crimes during the war on terror

Laurel Fletcher and Eric Stover’s Guantanamo study cited in World Policy Blog, May 11, 2012

This problem is also demonstrated by the reckless 840-odd detentions at Guantánamo, where no more than 20 percent had committed a crime of any kind, according to studies by UC Berkeley School of Law and Seton Hall Law School in Newark.

Aarti Kohli and Laurel Fletcher Criticize Deportation of Legal Immigrant Parents

-Los Angeles Times, April 1, 2010 by Teresa Watanabe,0,3720769,print.story

“It is a travesty that this is happening without any judicial discretion,” said Aarti Kohli, director of immigration policy for Berkeley Law School’s Warren Institute. “We’re not saying you can’t deport people. We’re saying there should be a fair judicial process that takes into account the impact on their children.”, April 12, 2010 by Claudia Morain

“As Congress considers immigration reform, it’s time to focus on how the current system tears apart families and threatens the health and education of tens of thousands of children,” says Aarti Kohli.

“The rights to health and education are firmly entrenched in international human rights law, and nearly every major human rights treaty recognizes the need for special protection of children,” says Laurel Fletcher…. “The U.S. should consider revising its policy to mirror European human rights standards, which permit judges to balance a nation’s security interest with the best interests of the child when considering deporting a parent.”

Laurel Fletcher Prepares Clinic Students for UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen

-The Oakland Tribune, December 4, 2009 by Matt Krupnick

In Denmark, the students will rub shoulders with world leaders, including the former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, who agreed to let the pair speak at an event she will host. Robinson, also a former U.N. human-rights commissioner, is a friend of Alice Miller, a UC Berkeley law lecturer.”The reason we were able to do that is because we’re at Berkeley, quite frankly,” said Laurel Fletcher, a Berkeley law professor…. “We’re able to leverage our academic capital.”

-National Law Journal, December 7, 2009 by Karen Sloan

A pair of 2Ls from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law will make the rounds at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen discussing their research on climate change and human rights…. The Berkeley students, Zoe Loftus-Farren and Caítrín McKiernan, wrote and will deliver a research paper urging policymakers to take into account the human implications of climate change.

-Youth Radio and KQED, “In Other Words” blog, December 14, 2009 by Molly Samuel

Zoe Loftus-Farren and Cáitrín McKiernan are presenting a paper they wrote as interns at Berkeley Law’s International Human Rights Clinic…. Loftus-Farren says, “A legal education is applicable to many types of work, and opens doors in terms of how to focus my work.” McKiernan adds, “People of good faith can work for change both in and out of the system. Neither side has a monopoly on the truth or how to preserve hard fought gains.”