Elizabeth A. Wilson received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2003. From 2003 to 2006, she was an associate in the litigation department of WilmerHale, where she was part of the original Boumediene v. Bush team and main drafter of the Report on Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, co-published by the Center for Constitutional Rights. In 2005, She received the firm’s pro bono award.
Later at Baach Robinson & Lewis, she worked on the appeal in Rasul v. Rumsfeld, the first damages action brought on behalf of released detainees, and on the first habeas corpus petitions brought on behalf of detainees in Bagram Air Force Base, Afghanistan. From 2008 to 2015, she was an Assistant Professor at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, where she specialized in international human rights and public international law.
From 2012 to 2013, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Rutgers Law School. Her monograph "People Power and International Human Rights: Creating a Legal Framework" was recently published by the International Center for Nonviolent Conflict and is available here. From January to May 2017, she was a Democratic Fellow at the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the U.S. House of Representatives, working under the Democratic co-chair Rep. James McGovern (D-MA).
In both 2015 and 2016, her work was selected in a double-blind peer review process for inclusion in the American Society of International Law's Fall Research Forum. In 2015, she presented "What are We Writing About When We Write About the History of Human Rights, or Who’s Afraid of Samuel Moyn?" and in 2016, she presented "People Power Movements and International Human Rights." Professor Wilson has consulted with ABA-ROLI and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (NYU University Law School) and taught in the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University.
Elizabeth also holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory and was Assistant Professor in the English Department of Yale University. She lived in the Czech Republic in during the early 1990's and had a DAAD to Humboldt University in the former East Berlin in 1997-1999. She also has been a Fulbright Scholar at the Johan Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main.