Bonnie Docherty

Director Armed Conflict and Civilian Protection Initiative, Harvard, and senior arms researcher Human Rights Watch

Region(s): Global
Country of focus: Global


Current Occupation: Director Armed Conflict and Civilian Protection Initiative, Harvard, and senior arms researcher Human Rights Watch
Organization/Institution: Harvard Law School
Language: English


U.S. Cluster Munition Transfer to Ukraine Ignores History of Civilian Harm Just Security Jul 14, 2023

The US’s controversial decision to send cluster munitions to Ukraine, explained Vox Jul 7, 2023

Cluster Munitions and the Impact of International Law Human Rights Watch reprint Jun 29, 2023

Cluster Munition Convention Offers Roadmap for New Autonomous Weapons Treaty Just Security May 30, 2023

What are incendiary weapons and how are they being deployed in Ukraine? ABC News Australia Mar 16, 2023

Latin America and Caribbean Nations Rally Against Autonomous Weapons Systems Just Security Mar 6, 2023

Russia’s Use of Cluster Munitions and Other Explosive Weapons Shows Need for Stronger Civilian Protections Just Security Mar 21, 2022

Testimony to Congress on Early Signs of War Crimes and Human Rights Abuses by the Russian Military in Ukraine Mar 16, 2022

The destruction in Ukraine Washington Post Mar 14, 2022

Russian forces are using weapons widely banned across the world, says Harvard Law expert Harvard Law Today Mar 3, 2022

Statement on Incendiary Weapons to UN General Assembly First Committee delivered by Bonnie Docherty Oct 8, 2021

Israeli firm introduces armed combat drone to patrol borders Al Jazeera Sep 13, 2021

Killer Robots: Urgent Need to Fast-Track Talks Human Rights Watch Aug 2, 2021

Germany warns: AI arms race already underway Deutsche Welle June 7, 2021

Why We Need a Pre-Emptive Ban on ‘Killer Robots’  HuffPost

Ban ‘Killer Robots’ to Protect Fundamental Moral and Legal Principles  The Conversation

We’re Running out of Time to Address Killer Robot Weapons   The Guardian

Losing Control: The Dangers of Killer Robots   The Conversation

Why We Need to Ban Killer Robots Newsweek

Bonnie Docherty (@bonnie_docherty ) is the Director of the Armed Conflict and Civilian Protection Initiative and a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic. She founded and directs the Clinic’s Armed Conflict and Civilian Protection Initiative @Harvard_ACCPI . She is a Senior Researcher in the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch. Bonnie specializes in disarmament and international humanitarian law, particularly as they relate to civilian protection during armed conflict.

She has worked in humanitarian disarmament since 2001 as lawyer, field researcher, and scholar. She has been a global leader in efforts to strengthen international law on incendiary weapons and the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. Bonnie has also conducted on-site investigations into cluster munitions use, participated in the negotiations of the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions, and promoted strong implementation of the convention since its adoption. Most recently, Bonnie has worked on armed conflict and the environment.