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Alexa Koenig (@KAlexaKoenig) PhD, JD, is co-executive director of the Human Rights Center (@hrcberkeley), (winner of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions) and a lecturer at University of California Berkeley School of Law. She teaches classes on human rights and international criminal law with a focus on the impact of emerging technologies on human rights practice.
She co-founded the Human Rights Center Investigations Lab which trains students and professionals to use social media and other digital content to strengthen human rights advocacy and accountability. She co-authored with Andrea Lampros the 2023 book Graphic: Trauma and Meaning in our Online Lives.
Alexa is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility, co-chair of the Technology Advisory Board of the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, co-chair of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Law Committee’s Technology and Human Rights working group, a member of the University of California’s Presidential Working Group on Artificial Intelligence (for which she is also co-chair of the human resources subcommittee), an inaugural member of the Technology Advisory Board for the Innovation Lab at Human Rights First, and a member of the board of advisors for Mnemonic/the Syrian Archive.
Alexa has been honored with several awards for her work, including the United Nations Association-SF’s Global Human Rights Award, the Mark Bingham Award for Excellence, the Eleanor Swift Award for Public Service, the Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Teaching Excellence Award, and as a 2020 Woman Inspiring Change by Harvard Law School.
She directed the development and was a member of the Coordinating Committee for the Berkeley Protocol on Digital Open Source Investigations, and has conducted trainings on online open source investigations for the Institute for International Criminal Investigations, UC Berkeley’s Advanced Media Institute, attorneys for the International Criminal Court, and others.
Her research and commentary have appeared in the Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, US News and World Report, and elsewhere. Recent books include Digital Witness: Using Open Source Methods for Human Rights Investigations, Advocacy and Accountability with Sam Dubberley and Daragh Murray (Oxford University Press, 2019), Hiding in Plain Sight: The Pursuit of War Criminals from Nuremberg to the War on Terror with Eric Stover and Victor Peskin (UC Press, 2016), Extreme Punishment: Comparative Studies in Detention, Incarceration and Solitary Confinement, editor with Keramet Reiter (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015), and The Guantánamo Effect: Exposing the Consequences of U.S. Detention and Interrogation Practices, contributor with Eric Stover, Laurel Fletcher, and Stephen Smith Cody (UC Press, 2009). Additional research and commentary have appeared in the Annual Review of Law and Social Science, the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, US News and World Reports, and elsewhere.