London School of Economics


Areas of Expertise
Children and Armed Conflict, Climate Change, Development of International Law, Environment, Human Rights, Humanitarian Affairs, International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Justice, International Law, Journalism, Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, Refugees and Displacement, UN Human Rights System

Region of Focus
The Middle East

Carly A. Krakow is a PhD Candidate in International Law at the London School of Economics, where is she a Judge Rosalyn Higgins Scholar. Carly earned her BA summa cum laude at NYU in Human Rights Law, Environmental Policy, and Comparative Literature, and her MPhil at the University of Cambridge in International Relations and Politics. At NYU, she was a Gallatin Global Fellow in Human Rights. The fellowship supported her research in the Palestinian West Bank. Carly was also recipient of the Richard J. Koppenaal award, the NYU Gallatin School’s highest academic honour. At Cambridge, she served as Vice Editor-in-Chief of the Cambridge Law Review, and wrote her MPhil thesis, awarded Distinction, on international law regarding water access for people who are stateless and displaced. In addition to her work in the West Bank, where she conducted interviews with civilians, NGO representatives, and UN staff, Carly has conducted research and fieldwork in locations including Geneva, The Hague, a refugee camp in Greece, and South Africa. She is an opinion contributor for various publications including Al Jazeera and openDemocracy, and her academic research was recently published in the journal Water. Carly has presented her work at conferences and events hosted by institutions such as ACUNS, BRISMES, ISA, LSE, MESA, NYU, Oxford, and SOAS. Her PhD research focuses on relationships between environmental justice, displacement, and citizenship in the contexts of international law and political philosophy.

Recent Publications
The International Law and Politics of Water Access: Experiences of Displacement, Statelessness, and Armed Conflict. Water 12, no. 2 (2020): 340.

Selected essays and opinion pieces:
Trump’s border wall is another dangerous distraction. Al Jazeera. March 3, 2019.

US Withdrawal from UNESCO: The Problematic History of US Legislation on Israel and Palestine. Truthout. October 24, 2017.

The politics of water access under occupation: is international law sufficient? openDemocracy. May 9, 2017.

Children Starve as US-Backed Coalition Violates Human Rights in Yemen. Truthout. January 7, 2017.

As the world turns towards the right: what future for the “refugee crisis”? openDemocracy. January 7, 2017.

Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria: an argument for protecting humanitarian law in US politics. openDemocracy. May 5, 2016.

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Recent ACUNS Activity 
2019 ACUNS Annual Meeting, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
•Paper Presenter: The International Law and Politics of Water Access: Experiences of Displacement, Statelessness, and Armed Conflict.
•Panel Moderator: Different Lenses for Perspectives on Migration.

2016 ACUNS Annual Meeting, New York, NY, USA.
•Paper Presenter: “Water for Life”: A Review of the UN International Decade for Action on Water and the Potential of the Sustainable Development Goals – Spotlight on Israel/Palestine, Ethiopia, and the United States
•Panel Chair: Promoting Peace through International Understanding and Cooperation: UNESCO and its Educational Campaigns.