Molly Kovite is the Registered In-House Council at the Open Philanthropy and a Judge Advocate with the US Army Reserves. As a reservist, she serves as a professor of National Security Law at The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School. Prior to joining Open Philanthropy, she worked as the Senior Legal Advisor for the International Humanitarian Law Team at the American Red Cross.
She holds a BA in Political Science from Columbia University, a MA in International Relations from Dublin City University, and a JD from the New York University School of Law.
During her active duty service with the US Army, she deployed twice in Afghanistan, where she provided legal advice to commanders on ongoing operations to ensure compliance with legal requirements and guidelines, including conducting on-the-spot evaluations on airstrikes of moving targets. She has written on the notion of direct participation in hostilities at the tactical level as well as gender in the military.
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The UN Security Council and Common Article 1: Understanding the Role of Peacekeeping Operations in Ensuring Respect for IHL examines the applicability of article 1 common to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 – on the obligation to respect and ensure respect for IHL – to the UN, with a specific focus on peacekeeping operations.
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Our new Working Paper discusses how current initiatives on the regulation of artificial intelligence technologies should incorporate the protection and respect for human rights.
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This online IHL talk aims at shining light on some of the many legal, political and protection-related challenges stemming from the situation in Afghanistan.