Bonnie Docherty, Lecturer at Harvard Law School and Researcher in the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch, discusses the new international law banning cluster bombs (in the countries that ratified it), laudable U.K. actions on destroying cluster bomb stockpiles and advocating for universal abolition, the devastating civilian toll and glacial-paced removal of cluster bombs in Laos, the increased stigma on the largest cluster bomb manufacturing countries (U.S., Russia, Israel) and why these particular weapons are outdated Cold War-era relics.
MP3 here. (19:49)
Bonnie Docherty is a Lecturer on Law and Clinical Instructor at the International Human Rights Clinic of Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program. She is also Researcher in the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW). She is an expert on international humanitarian law, particularly involving cluster munitions and civilian protection during war.
For Human Rights Watch, Bonnie has conducted field research and written reports on cluster munition use in Lebanon (2006) and Afghanistan (2001-2002) and the civilian effects of armed conflict in Israel (2006), Israel/Gaza (2005), and Iraq (2003). Through writing and advocacy, she has participated in the campaign for the Convention on Cluster Munitions, which culminated in its adoption in May 2008.
Bonnie received her A.B. from Harvard University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Before law school, she worked as a journalist for three years.