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Andrew Mark Bennett


Freie Universität Berlin

Human Rights Under Pressure - Ethics, Law and Politics

Department of Law

PhD Candidate

Field of Research: Judicial Protection of Human Rights in Emergencies

Boltzmannstraße 3
—14195 Berlin

Andrew Mark Bennett is an attorney with expertise in national security law, law of armed conflict, and human rights law. His doctoral research examines how courts approach conflicts between national security and human rights and how the implementation of those approaches affects human rights. He earned a J.D. from the University of Maryland and an A.B. in Economics from Vassar College. Previously he was an associate in the Maryland Office of the Attorney General, a visiting scholar at the Tel Aviv University Cegla Center, and a law clerk in the United State's Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland. While in law school, he served as the national student leader on armed forces law in the American Bar Association. He is a member of the bar in Maryland and the District of Columbia, as well as a member of the American Society of International Law and the American Bar Association. He holds dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship and is proficient in Hebrew and Spanish. 

Field of Research: Judicial Protection of Human Rights in Emergencies

Bennett's doctoral research examines judicial review in cases within the national security context. He seeks to characterize how courts approach conflicts between national security and human rights, analyzing mechanisms such as deference and the margin of appreciation. He will further investigate how these mechanisms affect the definition and protection of human rights generally. Through these comparative analyses, he will consider whether the mechanisms are justified. 

His law journal comment, Unpaid Internships & the Department of Labor: The Impact of Underenforcement of the Fair Labor Standards Act on Equal Opportunity, 11 U. Md. L. J. Race, Religion, Gender & Class 293 (2011), available at http://digitalcommons.law.umaryland.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1200&context=rrgc, criticized the United States Department of Labor for failing to enforce the employee rights of interns. 

Freie Universität Berlin
The Minerva Center for Human Rights
Menschenrechtszentrum Uni Potsdam
DFG - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Einstein Foundation Berlin
Dahlem Research School