Katherine Holcombe is the assistant director of Impact Litigation and the Kovler Project Against Torture, formerly known as the United Nations Committee against Torture (UN CAT) Project. Ms. Holcombe supports academic programs related to the prohibition of torture under international law and strategic litigation in international human rights. Ms. Holcombe also supervises and participates in litigation before the Inter-American human rights bodies, and works on a wide range of issues and special projects related to impact litigation. Prior to her work at the Center, she held positions at Human Rights First, where she assisted with legal, policy, and advocacy work pertaining to Guantanamo and national security policies that respect human rights and the rule of law, and as a Senior Research Associate for the Public International Law & Policy Group, supporting negotiations in Geneva related to the Syrian peace process. In 2017, she served as an assistant to the chair of the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva during the 62nd session.
B.A., English, California State University, Chico
M.A., EU Public Policy, University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies
J.D., American University Washington College of Law, Cum Laude