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Jenny Martinez

Jenny Martinez, JD

Senior Fellow, by courtesy, at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Professor of Law
Justin M. Roach, Jr. Faculty Scholar at Stanford Law School
Affiliated faculty at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law
Affiliated faculty at the Center for International Security and Cooperation

559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610

(650) 725-2749 (voice)

Research Interests

Civil procedure and litigation; comparative law; constitutional law; human rights; international law; laws of war


Professor Jenny S. Martinez became an Affiliated Faculty Member at the Center for International Security and Cooperation in 2012. She is a leading expert on international courts and tribunals, international human rights, and the laws of war. Her scholarship focuses on the role of courts and tribunals in advancing human rights, ranging from her work on the all-but-forgotten 19th-century international tribunals involved in the suppression of the trans-Atlantic slave trade through her work on contemporary institutions like the International Criminal Court and the role of courts in policing human rights abuses in the “war on terror.” An experienced litigator, she argued the 2004 case of Rumsfeld v. Padilla before the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking to clarify the constitutional protections available to post-9/11 “enemy combatants” who are U.S. citizens. Professor Martinez was named to the National Law Journal’s list of “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40” and the American Lawyer’s “Young Litigators Fab Fifty.” She serves on the board of directors for the Open Society Justice Initiative and has served as a consultant on international human rights issues for both Human Rights First and the International Center for Transitional Justice.

Before joining the Stanford faculty in 2003, Professor Martinez was a senior research fellow at Yale University and an attorney at Jenner & Block. She clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; she was an associate legal officer for Judge Patricia Wald of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Martinez received a B.A. from Yale University in 1993 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1997.

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