31 MARCH - 01 APRIL 2014
Prof. Susan Benesch is a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. She also teaches at American University’s School of International Service, and directs the Dangerous Speech Project (www.voicesthatpoison.org), which she began in 2010 as a two-year effort in communication with the UN Special Advisor for the Prevention of Genocide, to find and test methods for preventing atrocities including genocide, by limiting the impact of inflammatory speech without curbing freedom of expression. Expanding the work since then, she has focused on particular countries at risk for mass violence, and on technology and social networks. She has also taught refugee law and human rights law, and worked at Human Rights First and Amnesty International. She holds law degrees from Yale (JD) and from Georgetown University (LLM), and has lectured and published widely. Benesch served in 2012-2013 as Edith Everett Fellow for Genocide Prevention at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.