Rebecca Hamilton

Current Position: Joint degree student at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Law School and Cofounder of the Darfur Action Group

Brief Bio: Bec Hamilton is undertaking her graduate degree as a Knox fellow at Harvard Law School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 2005 Ms. Hamilton worked for the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Before attending law school she worked in the Sudan, where she executed a plan to help thousands of internally displaced persons return to their homes. When she returned to Cambridge, Hamilton co-founded the Darfur Action Group to mobilize students to actively condemn the Sudanese genocide and demand that the United States government do the same. The group coordinated a week-long “Not on our Watch” campaign, and was involved in Harvard University’s decision to divest from companies supporting the Sudanese Government. Hamilton has successfully worked to get important legislation passed by Parliament in New Zealand, and is now working to implement the new legislation. A graduate of the University of Sydney, Hamilton assisted in the establishment of the first "Kids Space" at the Villawood Refugee Detention Center and was selected for high level training in International Humanitarian Law with the ICRC. Ms. Hamilton is the Managing Editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal, the Africa Chair of HLS Advocates for Human Rights and is a student finalist for the Gary Bellow Public Service Award.

Sample Publications:
  • Hamilton, Rebecca. (2005), “Maybe Even 300,000 Deaths Aren't Enough” The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 March.
  • Hamilton, Rebecca. (2005) “Who Says Student Activism is Dead?” The Boston Globe, 6 April.
  • Hamilton, Rebecca (2005) “Sudan after Garang: Saving the Peace” The International Herald Tribune, 4 August.


Perspective on Conference Themes: I am coming at the issues from 3 perspectives. Firstly, from my involvement with the student movement for Darfur: What impact can the student movement have upon government action to halt war crimes, and upon raising public consciousness in 'middle America', so that it is not just the NGO-world and student movement lobbying on this issue? Secondly, as having spoken with victims of conflict in South Sudan: What does justice mean for them? Thirdly, having spent time at an international tribunal: How does 'international justice' in The Hague relate to events on the ground?