Elizabeth Holland

Associate - Boston

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Elizabeth Holland is an Associate in the firm’s Litigation Department.

Prior to joining Foley Hoag, Elizabeth was a Program Associate and Head of Curriculum Development with the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University. In this capacity, she worked on the international humanitarian law and policy portfolio, focusing on matters related to counterterrorism regulation, qualification of armed conflict, humanitarian assistance, occupation law and regulation of private military and security contractors. Elizabeth was also the producer of a monthly series of live seminars debating critical issues in humanitarian law and policy, typically attracting hundreds of academic, legal, humanitarian, military and UN professionals from around the world.

Education:

  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
  • University of London, M.A., with merit
  • Providence College, B.A., magna cum laude

Professional Experience

  • Lecturer in law, University of Connecticut School of Law
  • "Corporate Social Responsibility," Bloomberg BNA Corporate Practice Series, Editor and Co-Author (2013)
  • Co-Author, "International Human Rights (focus on counterterrorism), International Legal Developments Year in Review: 2012," The International Lawyer (Spring 2013)
  • Co-Author (with Andrew Loewenstein), "International Courts, International Legal Developments Year in Review: 2012," The International Lawyer (Spring 2013)
  • Co-Author (with John Ruggie and Amy Lehr), "The U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: The Legal Context and Operational Implications," BUS. LAW NEWS (State Bar of California, S.F., Cal.), Issue 4, 2012
  • "Safeguarding Humanitarianism in Armed Conflict: A Push to Reconcile International Legal Obligations and Counterterrorism Regulations in the United States," Charity & Security Network (June 2012)
  • HPCR Working Paper, "Humanitarian Action Under Scrutiny: Criminalizing Humanitarian Engagement" (contributor, Fall 2011) 
  • “The Qualification Framework of International Humanitarian Law: Too Rigid to Accommodate Contemporary Conflicts?,” Suffolk Transnational Law Review (Winter 2011)

Honors

  • Suffolk University Law Faculty Outstanding Student Award, Evening Division
  • Suffolk Transnational Law Review, Executive Board member
  • Jessup International Moot Court Competition, U.S. Northeast Regional Top 20 Oralist

Involvement

  • International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP), Founding Member  
  • American Bar Association, International Law Section, Member
  • American Society of International Law, Member
  • Boston Bar Association, Member
    • International Public Law, Policy & Human Rights Committee, Chair
  • Women’s Bar Association, Member
  • Lecturer on armed conflict and counterterrorism, Core Professional Training on Humanitarian Law and Policy, convened by the International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada, Ottawa, Canada (March 2013)
  • Panelist, “Congressional Briefing: A Crisis in Humanitarian Access to Civilians,” conducted by the Charity & Security Network, Washington, D.C. (July 2012)
  • Lecturer, "Qualification of Armed Conflict," Core Professional Training on Humanitarian Law and Policy, International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection in cooperation with the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University (June 2012)  
  • Lecturer, "Counterterrorism Measures and Humanitarian Action," Thematic Workshop on Counterterrorism Under International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law, International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection in cooperation with the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University (June 2012) 
  • Guest lecturer, “International Humanitarian Law and Humanitarian Action: A Framework for Action,” Global Health Practice and Networks course, Harvard School of Public Health (October 2011)
  • Panelist, “International Humanitarian Law: Emerging Issues in the Law of Armed Conflict,” conference convened by The Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and the American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict (via webcast, March 2011)
  • Co-moderator, Live Web Seminar on the Future of Humanitarianism in Afghanistan, broadcast from Harvard University (January 2011)
  • Lecturer, Specialized Training on International Humanitarian Law, conducted by the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University and the Swedish International Cooperation Development Agency (Sida), Harnösand, Sweden (2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Lecturer, Core Professional Training on Humanitarian Law and Policy, convened by the International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection in cooperation with the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University and the Ministry of Defense of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium (September 2011)
  • Lecturer, Core Professional Training on Humanitarian Law and Policy, convened by the International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection in cooperation with the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada, Ottawa, Canada (April 2011)
  • Lecturer, Core Professional Training on Humanitarian Law and Policy, convened by the International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection in cooperation with the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University and the Barcelona Peace Resource Center, Barcelona, Spain (2010, 2011) 
  • Co-moderator, Live Web Seminar on the Role of Humanitarian Actors in Constraining Violence and Fostering Peace: The Case of Sudan, broadcast from Harvard University (December 2010)
  • Lecturer, Core Training on Management of Humanitarian Action, conducted by the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University and the Swedish International Cooperation Development Agency (Sida), Harnösand, Sweden (2010, 2011)
  • Lecturer, course on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict conducted by the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario (March 2010)
  • Guest lecturer, Challenges to International Humanitarian Law, Providence College (2008, 2009)
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